Posted: 02/03/22 | February 3rd, 2022
Miami is a party city. There are just no two ways about it. People come here to get wild, visit nightclubs, lounge on the beach, and drink the nights away. While it’s not a city I particularly love, even I’ll admit they know how to have fun here.
I’ve been visiting Miami for years. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel here. The top four when picking the best hostel in Miami are:
- Location – Miami is huge and it can take some time to get around. Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Miami, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi and many include free breakfast but if you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs!
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff! They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Miami that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: Generator
Best Hostel for Families: Generator
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Viajero Miami
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Freehand Miami
Best Hostel for Partying: Viajero Miami
Best Overall Hostel: Generator
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Miami:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under $35 USD
- $$ = $35-45 USD
- $$$ = Over $50 USD
1. Freehand Miami
For a budget-friendly hostel, Freehand Miami really goes above and beyond. They have a pool, yoga classes, shuttles to Little Havana, and tours to Key West and the Everglades (among other places). It’s an upbeat hostel with two bars on-site and is just 5 minutes from the beach. It’s a good choice for travelers who want a social hostel but one that isn’t too wild. Just be sure to bring earplugs as you can sometimes hear the noise from the street.
Freehand at a glance:
- Organizes lots of tours and events
- Easy to meet people
- Bar and pool
Beds from $37 USD a night.
2. Viajero Miami
This self-proclaimed design hostel is the first U.S. location in the Viajero (Spanish for “traveler”) chain, a Latin American group of hostels. Located in South Beach’s Art Deco district, Viajero Miami brings the same Latin flair to the city that is often called “the capital of Latin America.”
Viajero offers a host of amenities, with a library co-working space and not one but three artfully designed swimming pools. The poolside bar is a great place to hang out and meet people (while enjoying one of their specialty cocktails). It’s also located just a block from the beach! Choose from a variety of rooms, from hostel dorm beds all the way up to a penthouse suite.
Viajero at a glance:
- 3 swimming pools
- Co-working space
- Bar and restaurant
Beds from $49 USD a night, private rooms from $199 USD.
3. Generator Miami
This hostel is awesome. They have a pool, two restaurants, a bar, and are just minutes away from the beach. It’s a massive hostel (there are 8 floors), the beds are more comfortable than the cheap ones you’ll find at the party hostels, and the place is kept clean. They offer bike rentals, private rooms (including rooms for families), and have tons of common areas throughout the hostel. It’s not a super social hostel (they don’t organize a lot of events), making it a good choice for anyone looking for time alone or who needs to get work done.
Generator at a glance:
- Great for families
- Pool and restaurant
- Clean and comfy dorms
Beds from $35 USD a night, rooms from $109 USD.
4. Selina Gold Dust
Selina Gold Dust is housed in a former 1950s roadside motel that’s been renovated and turned into this retro-style hostel. Like most hostels in Miami, there’s an outdoor pool, at which Selina frequently hosts events like yoga classes, live DJs, comedy shows, and even movie nights. It’s a cool spot to hang out, with a nostalgic diner and bar on site as well.
Unlike most of the other hostels on this list though, Selina is not located in South Beach, but in Miami’s up-and-coming MiMo (Miami Modernist) design district. While you won’t be on the beach, you’ll be closer to the museums and art galleries.
Selina Gold Dust at a glance:
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant on-site
- In MiMo District
Beds from $47 USD a night, private rooms from $140 USD.
5. The Tropics Hotel and Hostel
This hostel is in the center of South Beach, one block from the beach. While there are shared common areas here, this is less of a party hostel for socializing and more a relaxed place to stay (though it is still in the heart of Miami’s nightlife scene). As one of the older hostels in Miami, rooms are basic but do have air-conditioning and are always kept clean. There’s a shared outdoor kitchen as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool. There are 4-bed dorms (including female-only dorms) and private rooms available.
The Tropics Hotel and Hostel at a glance:
- Swimming pool
- Outdoor kitchen
- Female-only dorms
Beds from $54 USD a night, private rooms from $181 USD.
While there are other hostels in Miami, there are the best choices in my opinion. Whether you’re looking to party or just want a cheap place to spend the night, you’ll be able to find what you need, save money, and have an amazing visit!
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