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Miami Beach International Traveler's Hostel
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Conclusion only:
1. If you book this hostel, make sure that you have a bed/room in the main building!! The hostel has some appartments that are at least 6 blocks away/10 minutes walking from the main building and 10 blocks away/15 minutes walking from the beach . At these appartments...no meals, no internet, no party, no atmosphere.

2. The hostel has "Best atmosphere award 2010" of hostelworld, but these awards turns some staff to be snobbish: "yelling-at-me-staff", when I complained about the distance from the appartment to the hostel and not being in the main bulding where the atmosphere is.

3. Pricy; bathrooms not clean; kitchen in the appartment had no cooking equipment; dirty linen

4. Check out Deco Walk Hostel or South Beach Hostel as an alternative!

Some further suggestions: From the airport, bus 150 (Airport flyer: USD 2.35) takes you closely to the main building of the hostel (remaining walking distance 150 meters). You do not have to change buses as indicated by the major booking websites or the homepage of the hostel. All of them have not updated directions.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We booked a private twin room and on arrival they said we would be staying in the apartments. They are a few blocks back from the beach (about a 10 min walk max) but absolutely perfect for us. My initial thought at arriving at the hostel was that, at 28, we seemed really old! It is very much a party hostel, with club nights out every night and I think it would be quite loud. So if you like that then I think this would be great, it seems a lot of fun. It is 2 mins away from beach, bars, restaurants.

The apartments were great. A bit shabby, but for the price you're paying (hostel prices) can't complain. We just had two of us in an apartment with 4 beds, kitchen, bathroom and little patio outside which was great for a bottle of wine before we went out. The neighbour felt very safe and there were parking spots and air-con. Only minor point was that we couldn't get our TV to work but in fairness we never went to complain at reception so I'm sure they would have fixed it!

Receptionists were great with advice and gave us beach towels. There were free meals available but because we were staying away form the hostel we never made it over for it.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend it, but do be aware that the hostel is a party one!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

perfect location. two blocks from the beach. safe neighborhood and most clubs and bars in walking distance. clean rooms that get cleaned every single day. bathrooms within the dorm rooms. free breakfast, lunch and dinner. amazing people and great parties. i thought i had seen it all after years of traveling but this is one of the best if not the best hostel i have stayed at. go there and have an amazing time at miami south beach!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank amy o
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Let me say this given the very low price and great location the hostel has plenty of potential and could work very well, if you are ready to join the crowd who wakes up at 1pm and goes to 5am. Otherwise your sleep will be badly interrupted each night by your fellow guests and extremely loud street noise. Also, you will generally have to avoid the room and tiptoe around sleeping roommates if you need anything in the mornings/early afternoon. It gets tiresome.

Service was also an issue. When we arrived there were no blankets, towels or pillow sheets available. The next morning when I was told to return they still weren't available, until several hours later. Finally, the bathrooms were pretty dingy and questionable.

For these reasons, it didn't work for us and we had to abandon our stay (and the pre payed price) for a separate hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank J P
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

This was my second stay at International Traveler's Hostel, and I will certainly return. I unreservedly recommend this hostel to any fun-loving visitor. However it might not be ideal if you are looking for a lot of peace & quite - tho if that's what you want, South Beach itself probably isn't right for you.

Pros:
- Great social atmosphere: friendly fellow travelers hang out on the porch of the hostel all day and all night. There's always a conversation if you want one.
- Friendly, helpful staff.
- Great location, 2 blocks to the beach, close to all food & entertainment.
- Parking included with private rooms!
- Private rooms are decent sized, reasonably clean, and have fairly comfortable beds.
- Enlightened alcohol policy: if you aren't making trouble for other people, staff won't make trouble for you.
- Hostel staff organize group outings to local bars & nightclubs 6 days a week (no Mondays).
- Free (no, really!) breakfast, lunch, & dinner every day

Neutral:
- Private rooms are in a second building 8 blocks away. Good for privacy, bad for convenience/security.

Cons:
- Buildings are not so well maintained, and may have mold issues. My lungs get irritated after staying here for several days.
- Food in the free meals is modest. One lunch was outright horrible. But hey, it's free!
- Signs advertising "free keg of beer tonight" are completely misleading. The keg is NOT free. Rather, if you buy the wristband for that night's bar outing, access to the keg is included in the price. You will NOT be given any "free" beer if you don't pay. Also, we paid $10 for the wristbands that night - and it turns out the bar (Automatic Slims) doesn't even charge a cover. I had a good time, but I did feel a bit cheated. Really a shame they do this, as otherwise the staff and management seem quite good.

Room Tip: Room #9 in the private rooms building is by far the best room in the place. It's huge, on the s...
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Additional Information about Miami Beach International Traveler's Hostel

Address: 236 9th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5806
Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 88 Speciality Lodging in Miami Beach
Price Range: RM94 - RM1,880 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Miami Beach International Traveler's Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the ONLY Boutique hostel In South Beach and the CLOSEST to the beach. Just ONE block!For the past 10 years we have been VOTED the BEST ATMOSPHERE hostel in America and one of the top 3 BEST Hostels Of North America!FREE BREAKFAST- everydayFREE LUNCH- everyday FREE DINNER- everyday FREE weekly WALKING tourFREE Hostel T-SHIRT When You Book 10 NightsFREE DRINKS in our hostel parties and eventsFREE DANCE Nights With Dj In Our Hostel ClubFREE Life Music SHOWS In Our Hostel LoungeFREE VIP CLUB Outings To The BEST nights clubs ... more   less 
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