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Tropics Hotel & Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1550 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great hotel for the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The Tropics provides a comfortable, clean and secure room, close to beach, shopping, etc. The pool area is a wonderful perk, especially if it's a bad beach day. I enjoy the variety of travelers who stay at this hotel which has friendly staff. I have stayed here before and will stay again when I visit South Beach. Thanks staff for a pleasant stay.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Echo jc22y on all fronts.
On our last morning we were visited by a rather large & persistent cockroach who came & left via the main hallway on level 2.
Reception didn't seem surprised or concerned & gave a response which seemed well rehearsed.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

When I checked in I asked for a receipt as I needed it for my accounting. They told me that I had to ask for a receipt in the morning. So the morning when I checked out I asked for it. They told me they can only give receipt at check in... I insisted a bit, they were very rude and unfriendly. Ok for a jail, not for an hotel in Sobe. The rooms are shabby, there is a problem with hot water, wifi only available in public area and often not working. Go somewhere else.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Average Hotel in Prime South Beach location.
If Youre the type of Traveler that puts location over accommodation
The type of Person that rather spend your money doing sightseeing rather than stay at your hotel,Then the Tropics Hotel might work for you.
This worn down hotel offers the basics you would expect at a budget motel type of place. An Ok bed in a room with TV,AirCon,Telephone and Bathtub Bathroom.
Average size Lobby with public phones, free Computers for guest use,Pool Table,Kitchen to heat up food and a Small swimming pool.The Staff is fairly friendly/helpful & usually has someone at the front desk 24 hours.
The Hotel Attracts all sorts of guests from the urban Backpacker to Partiers to families to couples.

The best thing about the tropics Hotel is the LOCATION...its on good south beach locale. Beach & Ocean Drive are about 2 blocks away. You will find all sorts of Restaurants,Shops,Hotels,Clubs within walking distance and honestly I doubt you would find anything remotely affordable in this neighborhood.

The Tropics is not for travelers in need of room service,swim up bars or spotless rooms.
If you want Good location and dont mind having just the basics then the tropics hotel is your kind of place.

Room Tip: if youre a light sleeper ask for interior rooms vs those that face the street therefore quite noisy...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Basic hotel, close to the beach, nightclubs and restaurants, clean room, good TV, clean bathroom, hot water, safe in room, friendly receptionist Jonathon. Great value for money. Would recommend this hotel if your on a budget.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

pay a few bucks more and avoid this dungeon. i would have given it half a star, or maybe a fraction of that, but tripadvisor doesn't provide that option.
dirty, smelly, ugly, poor service, unfriendly.... the list goes on.

only plus - location is pretty decent.

Room Tip: avoid the smelly noisey one.. oh wait, that's ALL OF THEM.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I know the title of this review makes it seem as though this hotel is the worst, but it's not a bad hotel if you're on a tight bugdet. Miami, and especially Miami Beach, is one the most expensive places in the USA so booking a good hotel at a good price is going to be tricky. Considering we only had 2 nights left in the USA by this point we decided to keep it cheap.

The hotel was not easy to find and even our taxi driver didn't know where it was, he had to radio in to his colleague. The reception was fine, we got to the hotel at 11am when we were told check in started only to be turned away because our room wasn't ready. Most hotels have a check in time somewhere in the afternoon and one of the reasons why we chose this hotel is because of the early check in time. However, the response of "check in STARTS at 11am" got them off on technicalities.

The hotel is very dingy and seemed very popular with young adults, partying in South Beach. It didn't look clean, but it looked really old and dated. The room wasn't anything to write home about and the bathroom even worse with a dirty bathtub and shower. The beds were horrible, the pillows were a waste of time and it just seemed like we were being punished. So we headed out.

The location of the hotel, however, is fantastic. It's on one of the main roads in South Beach and is just a 2 minute walk to the beach. Perfect.

On one day we were locked out of our safe. This was at about 1pm when we wanted to go out but our money was in the safe. We went to reception and told them and they said someone will be out to fix it soon. After an hour we asked again. They said the same thing. After a couple of hours we went down AGAIN to ask, the woman behind the desk said she was the only one on and had to wait for the handyman. The time was 7pm before we FINALLY got her to come and fix it. We had been waiting 6 HOURS for someone to open the malfunctioning safe. All of our money was in there so we couldn't get any food. We explained this to the girl several times but she didn't care.

Needless to say, we didn't let this below mediocre hotel destroy our experience of South Beach and Miami but we were glad to be checked out.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tropics Hotel & Hostel

Address: 1550 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tropics Hotel & Hostel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in the center of the South Beach Art-Deco- and Nightlife-District, just a few steps from the sandy beach. The Miami Beach Convention Center is in walking distance. Easy to get here from Miami Airport, the express bus #150 stops at the corner. There are 2 different kind of rooms: regular hotel rooms, and shared dormitory-style rooms. Very popular for travelers from all over the world. ... more   less 
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