If you're looking for great budget accomodations in expensive South Beach, this place is it. We booked 2 beds in a 4-bed all-female dorm with an ensuite bathroom for Dec 25-28. It was around $25 per night after taxes and there is a 10% discount if you book on their site.
When we arrived around 8pm, our beds weren't available for that night and we got a private room at no extra charge, which was great. The only downside was that it faced the courtyard and was on the first floor, so it was a bit loud until 10pm when people were hanging out talking there and in the morning when others were eating and hanging out. I would definitely recommend rooms facing away from the courtyard/pool area and/or on the second or third floor.
The next day, we moved into a 4-bed dorm with a private bathroom. It was facing away from the courtyard and we got great sleep. Sheets were clean and the bathroom had a great hot shower. There is also a kitchen in the courtyard area, a computer with free internet in the lobby, and a laundry room. We used all of the above and were very satisfied.
The staff doesn't have a lot of information on the public transportation options, but the hostel is very well located to all of them. So I would recommend looking things up online if you want to save a lot of money. Most buses stop a block away on Washington Ave. We took the $2.35 #150 bus to and from the airport (Concourse E). We also took 2 buses to/from Little Havana/Versaille Restaurant (#120 to #8 for $2 with a free transfer when using the Easy pass metro card). Otherwise, everything is within easy walking distance.
For inexpensive breakfast and lunch, head to Playa Cafe on Washington Ave around the corner.
This isn't a party hostel and there are definitely a lot of families and older folks staying here. So if you're looking for a big party, I'd head elsewhere. If you want cheap quiet clean accomodations in the center of it all, then this is what you're looking for.
p.s. The staff should fix some of the broken blinds covering windows of first floor rooms to provide enough privacy. But that's really our only gripe.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tropics Hotel And Hostel
- Tropics Hotel Miami Beach