Spectacular Miami Beach hostels with impeccable vibe and superb location! Here the pool at Generator Miami.

6 Miami Beach Hostels That Are Not Like Other Hostels! (2023)

Well, truth be told, there are variations here as well, like any other place, but in Miami Beach, there are some hostels that are truly amazing!

What’s the secret?

Three of the top-rated hostels on Miami Beach are a mix of hotels and hostels with high-standard single rooms as well as dorms!

And the hostel/hotel grounds are basically hotels, well-maintained, clean, trendy, great service, and with lots of facilities. And a block or two from the infamous Miami Beach!

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Miami Beach Hostels

Obviously, nothing on the island encompassing Miami Beach is far from the beach, but these top three hostels are only a block or two away from the white sands!

Two of them are in South Beach, where you have the buzzing shopping and nightlife scene right outside the door.

The last one is on Mid Beach, which is a more quiet area, but still, only a free trolley ride away from the high vibes.

Miami Beach hostels: here is the pool at the Generator Miami at night!

Before staying here, I was a bit apprehensive about staying in a hostel, with some variable experiences from Europe.

But I stand corrected! Hostels are no longer dodgy small bunk beds for backpacking kids but high-end establishments with most, if not all, you need right at your hand.

Three Fab Glam Hostels In Miami Beach

Let’s start with my three favorites: two Mid Beach hostels and one South Beach, right on the beach, close to everything!

Generator Miami On Mid Beach

The elegant foyer at the Generator Miami, one of the best Miami Beach hostels.
The foyer at the Generator Miami

Generator Miami on Mid Beach is AMAZING!

Mid Beach being a less party area of Miami Beach, is still only a free trolley ride or an Uber ride away from the nightlife and shopping a couple of miles south.

I have stayed here for long periods of time because of these things:

  • The incredible pool and vibe in the backyard,
  • The super charming bar & restaurant Hoja Taqueria
  • The smiling and service-minded staff, and
  • Because it is one block (90 seconds!) from the beach!
The pool at night at the Generator Miami, the vibe and ambiance here is unsurpassed! Lots of solo travelers splashing in the pool making new friends.
The pool at night at the Generator Miami

The Generator Miami is a mix of hotel and hostel, so you can get a really nice private room on the upper floors or share a dorm on the lower floors if you are on a budget or just super social.

Common areas in the reception, the pillow room, and the garden with the pool are trendy and elegant.

Great stay!

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Nice location, very close to the beach trolley stop. The room was clean, great quality for the price paid. They also provide beach towels for free. Lobby and pool area are really nice.
May 2023

There is always chill music playing, hot and cold water, and a snack vending machine, computers, and desks in the foyer “living room” area.

And the reception and room staff are super nice, and the average ratings come out at 8.4, and the price starts at $30.

The age range here is from 18-80, so if you worry about being surrounded by 18-year-old Europeans backpacking, don’t!

2. Freehand Miami Mid Beach

The charming backyard at the Freehand Miami hostel on Mid Beach
The charming backyard at the Freehand Miami on Mid Beach

Freehand Miami Hotel and Hostel are two blocks from the beach in Mid Beach, an area of Miami Beach that is a bit calmer and quieter than South Beach but still super close to the shopping and nightlife!

Trendy hostel with great facilities!

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This is a great hostel! The facilities were really modern and trendy, the crowd staying there were great, the options to use the pool and bar were really useful during the stay.
May 2023

Here, you find an outdoor pool in a super charming backyard, 2 on- as well as two on-site bars, a restaurant, and a tour desk.

The Broken Shaker is an on-site cocktail specialty bar with an amazing cocktail menu and a restaurant with a wide variety of dishes serving both staying guests and “outsiders.”

The famous bar at Freehand Miami hostel on Mid Beach
The famous bar at Freehand Miami Hostel on Mid Beach

At Freehand, you can choose between 8, 6, and 4-person dorms, as well as private rooms and spacious suites with a sofa, bathtub, and view of the pool!

The dorms have private bathrooms, a desk slash working area, access to common areas, a pool, and the cocktail haven out back.

Check out 17 brilliant things to do solo in Miami here!

3. Viajero South Beach Miami

The foyer at the Viajero Miami in South Beach, another one of the really good hostels in Miami Beach.
The foyer at the Viajero Miami

The second top-rated, really cool hostel/hotel on Miami Beach is the Viajero, situated in the heart of the glamorous South Beach just two blocks from the sandy shores.

I stayed here in the spring of 2023, and I loved it!

Hands Down The Best Hostel

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I absolutely loved loved loved staying at Viajero Miami! It is probably the best hostel I’ve stayed at so far. Their staff is literally to die for! I recommend this hostel to everyone that wants a good beachy chill vibe, wants to make new friends and lifelong memories.
June 2023

Just five minutes from the beach, the hostel also has a back garden with three consecutive pools, surrounded by sun loungers about ten meters from the on-site bar.

The foyer has a colorful, modern look, and there are a lot of activities to sign up for right from the 24-hour reception, and you have complimentary coffee and tea any time.

One of the amazing Miami Beach hostels is the Viajero on South Beach, with this cool bar right next to the pool
The Viajero bar is right next to the chic pool

In addition to private rooms, you can stay in dormitories with between 10 and 4 beds, dependent on how social you feel!

Three Cheap Hostels At Miami Beach

If location and a place to sleep are mostly all you care about, you can get really cheap accommodation in Miami Beach as well, which is an area that is pretty pricey in general.

I have not visited the following hostels myself, so these descriptions are based on reviews, which, truth be told, are not all great.

But again, if you want a bed in the heart of Miami Beach, it still might be exactly what you need!

4. Beds & Drinks South Beach Miami

Any hostel in Miami is close to the beach AND to the nightlife
Any hostel in Miami is close to the beach AND to the nightlife

Beds n’ Drinks is a cheap South Beach hostel, that offers free wifi, a 24-hour front desk, a garden, and a terrace.

There is also a lounge for socializing, a games room, and a tour desk, and the hostel is two blocks from the beach.

Would Stay Again

Rooms are quite big, and location is amazing, two blocks from the beach. This is my second time I m staying in this hostel. Very clean. Breakfast got improved compared to last year much better.
January 2023

The hostel has an average of 7.2 out of 10, in reviews, which comes out as “good”.

The Beds’n Drinks has private rooms and dorms for 6 – 10 persons, where dorm prices start at $19 a night.

Stop by the famous Muscle Beach on South Beach for an outdoor workout, walking distance from the Beds'n Drinks Hostel.
Stop by the famous Muscle Beach on South Beach for an outdoor workout

According to themselves, the Beds N’ Drinks bar is the best place in Miami Beach to meet travelers from all over the world.

Warm up before the party gets started, and go out to the best nightclubs!

5. South Beach Rooms & Hostel

There are amazing gardens and restaurant all around South and Mid Beach Miami within walking distance from the Miami Beach hostels.
There are amazing gardens and restaurants all around South and Mid Beach Miami

The South Beach Rooms and Hostel are also in the middle of everything in South Beach, a couple of blocks from the beach.

You have free WiFi in public areas and a small included breakfast served in the morning.

The positive here is that a shared kitchen is available, and private bathrooms in each dormitory, which consists of 4- and 6-bed rooms.

Average ratings come out at 5.6, which is “fair”, and prices in a dorm with 6 beds start at $19.

Get what you pay for with a good location

Great location. Room barely had plug ins couldn’t charge my phone while sleeping. Bed was literally a spring, overall just kinda dirty. You get what you pay for.
July 2022

In-house there are happy hours, a social area, and movie nights, and there is a game room that arranges tournaments.

And, of course, it is close to the Art Deco district, shopping, bars and restaurants, and everything Miami Beach has to offer.

6. Bikini Hostel Cafe & Beer Garden

On Mid Beach, the fishermen come out just around sunset
On Mid Beach the fishermen come out just around sunset

The Bikini Hostel and Beer Garden is a South Beach hostel situated on the “other side” of South Beach, close to the shores of Biscayne Bay!

From here, there is around a ten-minute walk to the beach and shopping street, Lincoln Road, and the district mall.

The Bikini Hostel has free breakfast AND dinner, a 24-hour reception, and can organize tours for you if you like. You also have a shared kitchen on-site.

Dorms are 4, 6, 9, and 12 bedrooms, and there are private single and double rooms available. The lowest price starts at $19 per night.

Ratings average 5.5 and three stars, and the positives highlight friendly staff, location, harbor view, meals included, and a social vibe.

The negative highlights include noise (as at parties), questionable cleanliness, and not great meals.

Check availability at Bikini Hostel and Beer Garden

4 Top-Rated Tours In Miami Beach

If you want to get to know the Miami Beach area, be it food, culture, art, or scandals, here are 4 top-rated Miami Beach tours!

Or you can even do a spectacular airy helicopter tour high above Miami Beach, but you need to get yourself to Miami Airport or Fort Lauderdale, like I did, to get on board.

I did this fabulous helicopter tour high above Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale

Wrap-Up Miami Beach Hostels

Although not a cheap area at all, you can stay at one of the Miami Beach hostels for a reasonable price and still be close to the fun, vibrant ambiance of Miami Beach and the powdery sands and soft waves if you don’t mind sharing!

You can also stay at one of these hostels in great comfort in a private room or even a suite while at the same time having the chill, laid-back social mix of the hostel and hotel vibe in the common areas, pools, and gardens.

The best of both worlds in the middle of Miami, Florida – if you like the laid-back vibe, that is!

Check out this article for more hotel options on Mid Beach Miami, South Beach’s quieter little sister but still close to everything.

Or if not, if you prefer to stick to a high-end hotel (or do a mix), here are the best Miami Hotels with stunning rooftop pools as well!

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