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Ocean Blue Hostel
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I totally loved this place!! Location is awesome, right next to the beach and close to everything. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooftop with the bar and hot tub is wonderful!!! Super cheap drinks and you can get into clubs, etc. I don't think it was dirty at all. The lockers were a little small though. We stayed in a room with 12 beds but there was only 4 of us, all the other beds were empty so it wasn't too crowded.
I definitely recommend this hostel!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This hostel is in a superb location. It has both an indoor communal bar area with an excellent view and also a roof terrace overlooking Ocean Drive and the beach. Could not get a more ideal location if you tried. It is very reasonably priced and i found the staff very helpful.

Downsides - the lift is quite dark, very hot and a little slow. The rooms are cramped, even by hostel standards and it was one shower between 10. If you don't mind that then definitely think about staying here,

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

Thanks for your review! Hope to see you back soon! Safe travels!

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This hostel has one of the best locations in Miami Beach, right in Ocean Dr.
During my stay the hostel was under reform. So there wasn't anything in the lobby, the bar was not working, the kitchen was closed and the rooftop area too. The elevator was presenting a lot of problems and the staff seemed to be not worried with the overall situation.
I stayed in a room with 3-story bunks, and you can be sure that is just for sleep, once you can't even seat in your bed if you're more than 6 ft.
The breakfast is OK.
Probably I won't be back there.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Thank you for your review. Yes, we werre doing renovation as we were under new management. You should see all the great changes in the lobby, rooftop and kitchen. It's true you can't beat the location, right on Ocean Drive. We wish you safe treavels and hopefully we will see you soon.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Hostel was being renovated to fit more beds at the time of stay (rooms are now stacked with 3-story bunks, with barely enough room). This meant there was no common area, the kitchen was closed, the rooftop pool and communal area was gone, there was no pool table, no laundry & basically nothing that was promised was there. Staff weren't particularly helpful with the exception of one guy on the desk. Breakfast is served in disposable polystyrene cups and plates sort of ration style creating a huge amount of unnecessary rubbish. Rooms are noisy due to location of clubs that can be heard until 4am every night.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

The good news is that we are under new management as of Feb 2013, the bad news may be that you may have witnessed one of our more ambitious day of getting everything done. We are all done with the full rennovation so all the amenities like the pool, our common area with wifi, inside and outside bar as well as the jacuzzi are ready for action!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Good hostel, especially for its location that is the reason why I put rate it very good.
Disappointed with the size of the lockers, very small and so, can't put your backpack in it, just the most important things.
Also, got disappointed with the attitude of the staff, they made a mistake on a booking for a tour and could not do it at the end because of their mistake. When there was still a little time to save it, no reactivity at all, no huge help and received apologize during the evening.
It is surely clean, the breakfast is fine and the location great, just cross the street to the beach!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Thanks for your review! I hope next time we can accommodate you with a tour! There are lots of great things to see and do in South Beach. Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The room was totally dirty, so was also the bathroom! I actually thought about leaving and looking for something other but I already had paid!
It happened twice that when I came to my room in the evening there was someone else sleeping in my bed. The management of the hostel is not able do conduct a list of their geasts in order to know who is using which bed!
Furthermore my own towel (quickdry towel) was taken away by the cleaning woman and they weren't able to find it any more!

All in all: AVOID THIS HOSTEL in order to have a beautiful vacation!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. You may be pleased to know we are under new management and have new housekeeping staff! Safe travels and hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

You wouldn't notice this place if you were just strolling on by, but through an unassuming alleyway just off the middle of Ocean Drive is the lift entrance to Deco Walk hostel. Through the lift doors you walk right into a beautiful light and shiny reception space. The staff although seemingly nonchalant at first, seemed to bloom into gorgeous, friendly, extremely helpful individuals.

We stayed in an 8 bed mixed dorm room which was really spacious, incredibly clean, with lockers for personal possessions, ensuite shower room....

Our stay ran over New Year and we couldn't have picked a better location....right on ocean drive, rooftop garden overlooking all the action, hot tub (not working at the time unfortunately), bbq, music, perfect people watching and just a quick pace over the road to the beach to watch the New Year fireworks at midnight.

The hostel has a bar with cheap drinks which we made the most of, a stunning floor to ceiling window framing the palm trees, sand, sea and sidewalk, and a piano if you fancy showing off your musical talents.

Would recommend....

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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mikeo856, Owner at Ocean Blue Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Thanks for the review! Hope to see you soon. BTW, the hot tub is working!

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Additional Information about Ocean Blue Hostel

Address: 928 Ocean Dr, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5013 (Formerly Deco Walk Hostel | Beach Club)
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Miami Beach
Price Range: $11 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ocean Blue Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only Oceanfront Hostel and Beach Club on Miami Beach & south beach, with a Rooftop Lounge with a bar where you can meet other travelers open until 4 am! complete with a TV, outdoor furniture, on a sun-bathing deck on ocean drive, where something Fun is always happening, If we were any closer to the beach, we would be in the ocean! ... more   less 
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