Posted: 5/23/2020 | May 23rd, 2020
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: SoBe Hostel & Bar
Best Hostel for Families: Generator
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Rock Hostel
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Freehand Miami
Best Hostel for Partying: Miami Beach Hostel or Miami Party Hostel
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 $25 USD
- $$ = $25-35 USD
- $$$ = Over $35 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 $25 USD a night, rooms from $128 USD.
—> Book your stay at Freehand Miami!
2. Rock Hostel
Located in the Art Deco district, the Rock is another fun hostel. Breakfast is included and the staff here are super friendly and can help you make the most out of your visit. They organize tours, tasting events, and day trips (including boating trips if you want to spend a day on the water). They have a bar and restaurant on-site so it’s easy to chill out and meet people and there’s a kitchen available if you want to cook. They also offer shuttle service if you’re coming from the airport.
Rock Hostel at a glance:
- Free breakfast
- Organizes lots of events
- Female-only dorms
Beds from $17 USD a night.
—> Book your stay at Rock Hostel!
3. Generator Miami
This hostel is awesome. They have a pool, two restaurants, a bar, and are just minutes away from the beach. While it’s a massive hostel (there are 8 floors) and it’s the most expensive hostel in the city, the beds are more comforable 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 throught 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 $42 USD a night, rooms from $109 USD.
—> Book your stay at Generator!
4. Miami Beach International Hostel
If you’re looking to party, look no further. This hostel offer free drinks, all-day happy hours, keg nights, and more. Both breakfast and dinner are included and the hostel is super budget-friendly too (but you’ll make up for that by buying drinks no doubt). The beds are pretty standard and the dorms are basic, but chances are you’ll be too exhausted (read: drunk) to care. Definitely don’t stay here if you’re not looking to party.
Miami Beach International Hostel at a hlance:
- Wild parties
- Free breakfast and dinner
- Cheap drinks
Beds from $16 USD a night
—> Book your stay at Miami Beach International Hostel!
5. Miami Party Hostel
Offering wild parties, pub crawls, and a rooftop restaurant and bar (with shisha), this is a place for budget travelers looking to let loose. The beds here aren’t that comfy but you’re not coming here to sleep anyways. The beach is close by and breakfast is included. It’s your classic party hostel so don’t come here looking for a good sleep.
Miami Party Hostel at a glance:
- Free breakfast
- Wild party atmosphere
- Close to the beach
Beds from $20 USD a night, rooms from $114 USD.
—> Book your stay at Miami Party Hostel!
6. Miami Hostel
This hostel has a big communal kitchen if you want to cook your own food and organize tours around the region in case you’re looking to explore beyond the city. The common areas are both indoors and outdoors and they have a pool table if you just feel like hanging out. The beds aren’t great but there’s a free shuttle right out front that can take you to the beach. It’s also one of the cheapest places to stay in Miami.
Miami Hostel at a glance:
- Organizes tours
- Lots of ammenities nearby
- Social atmosphere
Beds from $22 USD a night
—> Book your stay at Miami Hostel!
7. SoBe Hostel & Bar
This is the cheapest hostel in the city. It’s a party hostel with super cheap drinks so expect things to get wild here (everyone also gets free drinks too). Breakfast is included and they have lots of free stuff if you want to hit the beach (free beach chairs, volleyballs and soccer balls, beach mats, beach umbrellas, etc.) The beds aren’t too comfy here.
SoBe Hostel & Bar at a glance:
- Super cheap
- Bar on-site
- Close to the beach
Beds from $12 USD a night
—> Book your stay at SoBe!
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!
Book Your Trip to Miami: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. If you want to stay elsewhere, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (for everyone below 70)
- Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With?
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Looking for More Information on Visiting Miami?
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