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Bikini Hostel, Cafe & Beer Garden
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1255 West Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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“Worst hostel ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

Where to start, ignored by staff at checking in for 20 mins.Room was poor but kitchen and bathroom were FILTHY!! There were bugs all over the kitchen and were found crawling on my sister as she slept! Also items belonging to others in room were stolen and staff did nothing. Unsafe area also. Seen staff members shouting abuse at a guest and then went on to call police on said guest and he was made to leave. Completely wrong. Overall staff and rooms were a disgrace. Worst experience in a hostel ever.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Overall we had an "ok" stay. I had friends visiting from out of town for my birthday weekend. The location was all right. 10 minutes to lincoln, 20 to the beach. the trouble started right as we arrived at 2:30 and were told our room would be ready in 20 minutes which sounded great because check in time was 3 pm. The room wasn't ready until 4:30pm!!!. Thankfully the very unproffesional staff comped us one of our parking spots. The AC in the bedroom was great, but the one in the living room where the sofa beds are kept turning off and did not keep the room cooled. The knobs on the a/c were all ripped off except for one. We asked for someone to come see it to fix it, they arrived three hours later and did nothing. The sofa beds were the most uncomfortable things I have ever slept on. We would have been better off sleeping on the floor. I was surprised when i was asked to bring the towels to the office at the end of my stay. Shouldn't housekeeping be in charge of that? The kitchen was dirty and stocked with used plastic utensils. gross!! I will say the size of the room was great and it accommodated all 7 of us well. Would I stay again? Absolutely not.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed here for nine nights and the great thing about this hostel is the people who come here. A lot of different nationalities are present and the outside area makes it very nice to socialize.

The negative side of this hostel is the service. During the night one of the most irritating people worked there and she was in now way trying to help people. She was very rude and unprofessional.

During the day some of the people that worked there were also unprofessional and were not deliver a service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Uppsala, Sweden
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Positive: Very friendly staff, Very friedly atmosphere. Good location. Nice and spacious rooms. Comfortable beds.

Negative: Problems with getting the appartment that we had actually booked, probably due to overbooking. The staff would not recognize the problem at first. However, after a minor discussion the issue was resolved but we had to stay the first night in a room that was significantly smaller. Simple breakfast. Infrequent cleaning of guest rooms. Unreliable Wi-Fi connection. Quite noisy in in the nights. No equipment, like plates,glasses, and cutlery, in the kitchenet. The booking system allows you to cancel your booking very late at no cost and I believe this part of the cause of overbooking. However, this is a serious problem that make guests very annoyed and a feeling of being cheated. Problems with getting the appartment that we had actually booked, probably due to overbooking. The staff would not recognize the problem at first. However, after a minor discussion the issue was resolved but we had to stay the first night in a room that was significantly smaller. Simple breakfast. Infrequent cleaning of guest rooms. Unreliable Wi-Fi connection. Quite noisy in in the nights. No equipment, like plates,glasses, and cutlery, in the kitchenet. The booking system allows you to cancel your booking very late at no cost and I believe this part of the cause of overbooking. However, this is a serious problem that make guests very annoyed and a feeling of being cheated.

Room Tip: Windows should not face the patio with the jaccusi because it is ver noise at night
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

I stayed in this hostel for 4 nights with my boyfriend and it is such a great hostel in the perfect location for nightlife and the beach. There is so much going on, day and night, and evening meals for about $6-8 which is great! The only complaint is that the dorm is bit shabby with uncomfortable, creaky beds but it's not a big issue if you're here to party! You'll meet lots of great people from all over the world and have a lot of fun here!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I am very glad we decided to stay in this hostel out of all south beach hostels. It was my first hostel stay experience. I truly loved it. The staff working here is so friendly and ready to help you with anything and everything even in the middle of the night. They provide a towel and a pillow at the time of your check in. They provide you with breakfast ( coffee and bagel) every morning. One will meet people from different countries and ready for different activities. We ended up making great friends in this hostel. The hostel suggests various activities, from city tours to night club promotions, plus you can recommend what you would be interested in and they would help you with it. To top it all it isn't far from the beach (10 minutes walk).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile

The place is nice a few more things could be worked on as far as security thru out the day but as for the night girl she good she don't let drunk people walk around she goes strictly by the rules her owners give her an you gotta have all your money up front before you checkin or you want get your stay if I had a hotel or hostel she would be my manager great attitude is perfect for the business an the people who stay there

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bikini Hostel, Cafe & Beer Garden

Address: 1255 West Avenue, South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 63 Specialty Lodging in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bikini Hostel, Cafe & Beer Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in the heart of South Beach & walking distance to everything: the bursting energy of the nightclubs, restaurants, & beautiful beaches. The only hostel of large apartments with en-suite private bathroom, lockers and flat screen TVs only for those staying in either the dorm or private rooms within of which all have air conditioning & comfortable memory foam beds. Voted #1 Atmosphere! Huge on site restaurant and bar, offering lowest priced drinks in town and serving all day breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night after club bar food everyday! Newest, best & only hostel in South Beach with: FREE Breakfast daily FREE BBQ weekly FREE Pizza Party weekly FREE Swimming Pool FREE Jacuzzi FREE Internet Cafe - 3 Stations of Computers. FREE Wi-Fi beach yard / courtyard FREE 24hr coffee & tea FREE 24hr Media room with Big Flat screen FREE Billiards Tournaments Nights FREE Ping Pong Tournaments Nights FREE Movie Nights FREE Poker Nights FREE Game Nights FREE Trivia Nights FREE Linen FREE Towel FREE Security Lockers FREE Pool Table FREE Ping Pong Table FREE Local Maps/Brochures FREE Cable TV FREE Iron/Hair Dryer/International AC adapters FREE Beach umbrellas and beach paddle balls FREE Twice a day housekeeping Services FREE Luggage storage- before and after check in/out FREE Use of our Travel Guidebooks FREE Book Exchange FREE Beach Towel usage Party! You will be able to party all night long and then sleep any time in quite and comfort because the party area is located away from your apartment dorm making our hostel the best place to both party and sleep, rest or chill out. We have a variety of bed arrangements from private to dorm style that will fit everyone's needs. Your stay with us will be awesome and amazing! We are committed to making it comfortable, affordable and fun while providing very clean accommodations. We will guide you to the best daily activities, night clubs, and the sexiest beach and pool parties. We have daily pub crawls and VIP access to Miami's hottest clubs, such as Mansion, Nikki Beach, Cameo and more! You can walk to Lincoln Road shopping, the sparkling beaches, popular and super-healthy Whole Foods grocery store, the movie theater, a romantic walk on Espanola Way's outdoor cafes & restaurants, or hanging out with the locals at Starbucks coffee. You'll have the greatest opportunities to meet and join new friends at our planned daily activities and suggested nightly dance clubs. Staying at the Bikini Hostel, Cafe & Beer Garden, you are next to Flamingo park with it's Olympic size swimming pool, soccer fields / free basket ball courts, and across the street from us are the intracoastal water way views of Miami Beach's tropical palm tree islands and downtown Miami's nightly lit up skyline! Diagonally across the street enjoy the weekend DJ pool parties at the Mondrian Hotel - where the hottest beautiful bodies groove to the sexiest music all day long! In front is the bus stop to get to the ocean beach in 5 minutes and everywhere in S. Beach for just a quarter and next door there is access to a bicycle rental rack. As a guest, you'll receive special discounts to our nearby Spa extending to you half off Massages. Bikini Hostel, Cafe & Beer Garden is local family owned and operated so we know to guide you to the best daily and night activities. Come and play in the sun! ... more   less 
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