Today, I'm sharing with you my review of HI Hostel International, which is located in Miami Beach, Florida.
I stayed there with 4 other friends. We rented out an entire room, and it was so incredibly affordable.
Before I start telling you how much I love this hostel, I would like to mention that hostels aren't for everyone. That being said, this hostel offers flexible arrangements, including entire rooms, entire rooms with a queen bed, and single beds in dorm rooms.
If you're feeling hesitent about staying at a hostel, keep reading because I'll address your fears below.
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Think Hostels Are Trashy? Read This First.
Do you think hostels are trashy?
Girl, I did, too.
However, my stay at this hostel changed my view forever!
I no longer fear hostels like I used to.
Now, that doesn't mean that my one good experience means that all hostels are created equal because that's certainly not true.
However, I am much more willing to give them a chance.
Plus, I already know of one that I trust and love, which is nice.
As I'm sure you know, at a hostel you typically rent beds instead of rooms.
This means that you could be sleeping in a room with strangers.
While traditionally you rent beds at hostels, HI Hostel allows you to rent out an entire room, so there's no need to sleep in the same room with strangers if that really isn't your thing.
HI Hostel International Review
Pros of Staying at HI Hostel International
1. It's Inexpensive
Hostels tend to be more affordable than hotels, and HI Hostel is no different.
Even if you choose to rent out an entire room, it's going to be a lot cheaper than renting a hotel room in the same location.
Plus, this hostel works with different businesses around town to give you exclusive deals on fun activities!
You'll find those deals posted on the board in the lobby where you check in.
2. It's in a Dreamy Location
When we first booked the hostel, not only was I worried that it would be gross and grimy but I was also worried that the location would suck.
After all, sometimes inexpensive things are cheap for a reason...
However, I was pleasantly surprised.
It's not in the middle of South Beach, but it's only a short walk away from Ocean Dr., which is the incredibly iconic street in South Beach. Ever seen Dexter? Then, you've seen video of Ocean Dr.
Plus, it's literally right across the street from a public beach access!
It's also close to great shopping and restaurants!
There's also a fantastic coffee shop within walking distance. (Yes, even in the morning before you've had your coffee.) It's only a 2 minute walk!
It's called Aroma Espresso Bar, and you definitely have to check it out!
Here's a map of all the awesome things that are close by HI Hostel!
3. Various Booking Options
I've mentioned this before, but it's such a great feature that it's worth mentioning again.
You can rent a bed, a room for 6, a room for 8, or a room for 2.
This makes the property incredibly flexible. They have a room that fits your needs.
My friends and I rented a room for 6, since we weren't too keen on sharing a room with strangers.
Split between the 5 of us, the room was very reasonably priced!
If you're interested in just renting a bed, you have the option of renting in a mixed dormitory or a female only dormitory, which is a nice option to have.
4. The Basic Amenities Are Provided
Hostels aren't hotels, so there aren't as many amenities at you finger tips, but it does provide the most important.
Here's the quick list:
- Mini Fridge
- Bathroom in Your Room
- Restaurant Downstairs
- Access to Kitchen
Now, let's take a minute to talk about these amenities.
The rooms are equipped with lockers where you can store your stuff. This is particularly nice if you're renting a bed in a room full of strangers.
Just make sure you bring your own lock. I don't remember them being equipped with locks.
You also are provided with a towel. We were only given one each, but you may be able to ask for an extra one for the beach!
Each room has a mini fridge!!!
There is a restaurant directly below the hostel, which means that great food is never too far away! They also serve beer, which is a plus!
The hostel also has a hang out area where you can play games and meet other travelers, which is great if your a solo traveler or just like making friends!
Is your budget super tight?
There is actually a kitchen in the hostel that you have access to. Nothing fancy but has the basics!
Cons of Staying at HI Hostel International
No place is perfect, so let's talk about some of the things that HI Hostel is lacking.
1. There's No Good Views
If you're dreaming of views of the beach, this hostel isn't for you. And, you might want to consider increasing your budget substantially!
The location of this hostel is fantastic, but it actually doesn't have any exciting views.
Depending on the room you get, you might have a view of the street (yay?), but otherwise, you'll have a view of the building next door.
As long as you're not planning on spending a great deal of time in the room, you shouldn't mind too much.
2. Lacks Extra Amenities
Like I said in the pro section, it offers basic amenities, which is great.
However, if you're accustomed to staying in hotels, you might be a bit shocked.
No one cleans your room or bathroom during your stay.
No one replaces your towels. If you want another one, you'll have to go trade the old one in for a new one.
3. Alcohol Is Not Allowed in the Rooms
This rule is meant to keep things safe at the hostel, so you can't be mad at it.
Still, it's a little annoying not being able to enjoy some wine in your room.
Especially since drinks are so expensive in Miami.
4. No Parking
Technically, HI Hostel doesn't have a parking lot.
This is probably one of the bigger cons of staying at HI Hostel.
If you're driving, that might feel like a deal breaker, but hang with me.
We drove, and asked ahead of time if we could park our car there, and they actually let us park it in the garage below the hostel.
It's a tiny garage, and I wouldn't recommend coming and going too often, but it was nice of them to be so accommodating!
I can't guarantee that they'll do it every time, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
What if they say no? What then?
There are parking garages around.
HI Hostel International isn't perfect.
However, it's such a great value for the price.
You get a great location, the basic amenities, and flexible booking options.
It's definitely my favorite place to stay in Miami Beach on a budget.
While it may not have all the amenities of a traditional hotel, it is the perfect place to sleep and shower because, let's be honest, you're not going to be spending a ton of time in there anyway! 😉
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