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“Does the job but kind of depressing” 3 of 5 stars
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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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Greater London, United Kingdom
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“Does the job but kind of depressing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well, it is a place to stay in the beach area for budget travellers but overall experience was kind of depressing. It was secure enough, and the AC was working well and the common bathrooms were quite nice and they do food there on order which is a good feature. But I did not like the general impression of this hostel and the way i felt there was depressing. Most of the staff was aloof and made you feel that even a basic enquiry about the facilities is kind of a nuisance interfering their private life on the beach. As for the beach - it is not 10 min walk away as they advertise. The walk is at least 20-25 min and in the excruciating heat of Miami this walk can be exhausting or even end up in heat stroke. Luckily there is a bus just across the road, but to get to the beach with bus takes also at least 25 min - if the bus comes immediately and there is no traffic jam. If you have to wait for the bus and the traffic is bad, the whole journey to beach can take up to 50 min. However it is better than walking in the heat. I did not like Miami or this hostel. Miami beach was good but i wont ever go to Miami again or stay in that hostel. Traveler from EU

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

good service and reliable team,nina and josa and the owner of the bar amit very nice people like a family the party is yhe best the people cam from all over the world and the rooms is big and clean :))

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us stayed here and it ended up being as expensive as staying in a hotel (over $340 for two nights). They also slam you with extra fees and taxes that you are unaware of when you book. Their "free breakfast" is just cereal. The shower head broke off and the room smelled like animals had been there. Find another hostel or just stay in a hotel it's not worth it staying here.

Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is very close to the beach and the concierge is really Nice! He helped us to find good place to go and explained us how not go be ruined whith the parking places. Thanks to him we also had the chance to do a big Barbecue on Miami beach! Thanks again to him !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bikini hostel is a fun and young hostel for people who likes partying and having fun.
They organize many dinner events like free pizza party and free barbecue.
Also the hosts gives good advice on where to go hang out and they never get wrong.
Especially Jose the concierge. Thanks a lot Jose !

Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent location an the staff is very friendly and helpful. Concierge is very friendly and makes you feel welcome. He always has a smile on his face. The staff at the front desk explain everything well and assist in making your stay simple and comfortable. The kitchen staff and bartenders are great too. I like the rooms also with the tv and fridge and microwave in them. Very nice main tv lounge and great breakfast and coffee to get your day started. They even gave me a juice as I was on my way out. I will stay here every time I come to Miami.

Stayed May 2015, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For Indian’s like me, after enjoying the luxury of man power; people available to salute u in the gate, to lift luggage, someone to guide u to the room doorsteps, another one looking at ur lips to take orders,…..

“ShutUP” nothing gona work this way in US. U are all alone, u need to do all by yourself. OK…
Understanding this and setting up the expectation I am giving the suggestions to other co travelers like me.

I used Super Shuttle (a shared Van for airport transit). It is very good and half the amount compared to a taxi (22$).
I booked online and called couple of times to change the arrival time. It’s all work the way it has to be. No Issue.

I reached the hostel by early morning 1AM.
I pre-booked online for a private room so just got the access to the room easily. My allotted room was like a maze, entering in to one room and then another room and then My room***###@@@***. They gave me 2 door lock pass words/keys. It’s kind of a private room with shared toilet and shower. If you go to the shower and come back with no password in mind… “Nuts, its ur talent”….

1. Rooms are clean and size enough for that price.
2. Located in a hot place of Miami, walkable distance to the beach.
3. Cool pub, which remain opens almost all time but won’t get food after 11pm (Great)… but restaurants around that place 24/7 and u can manage.

It’s an ideal place to stay as a group, you would enjoy a lot.

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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 #20 of 66 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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