miami budget accommodations
By Shayne Benowitz
Budget-friendly shared hotel rooms in Miami Beach.
Here’s a roundup of the best hostels in Miami Beach that won't break the bank.
If an upscale, hipster-style hostel is what you're after, then Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Drive) should be at the top of your list. Not only is it home to the Broken Shaker, one of the most popular handcrafted cocktail outposts in Miami, its pool party scene offers a more laid-back and friendly vibe, compared to other South Beach hotels. Situated inside what was once the historic Indian Creek Hotel, rooms have a classic art deco feel and both private and shared accommodations are available, as well as free Wi-Fi, towels, sheets and an amenity-stocked bathroom. Rates for shared rooms start at around $33 per person and private rooms start at $159.
Clay Hostel & Hotel
The Clay Hostel (1438 Washington Avenue) is associated with the a budget-friendly hotel of the same name on historic, picturesque Espanola Way in the heart of South Beach. The pedestrian street is lined with charming cafes like the French creperie A La Folie. Featuring private single and double rooms, as well as dorms accommodating four to six people, this is an ideal spot to drop off your backpack and set out to explore. Rates start around $60.
Located in the heart of the Miami Beach Art Deco District on Collins Avenue, the Tropics Hostel (1550 Collins Avenue) is another good option for budget travelers looking to enjoy some fun in the sun. Across the street from the beach, close to Lincoln Road and boasting a tranquil swimming pool, the hostel features both private rooms and dormitory-style accommodations. Rates start at about $30.
Deco Walk Hostel South Beach
This oceanfront hostel is perfect for backpackers, students and tourists who are looking for that South Beach experience for a lower price. The hostel is located right in the heart of all the action on Ocean Drive where restaurants, bars and hotspots will keep you entertained. Accommodations at this hostel include private dorms, mixed dorms, female dorms and male dorms. Private dorms feature an en-suite shared bathroom. All of the rooms at Deco Walk Hostel (928 Ocean Drive, 2nd Floor) consist of triple bunk beds. All linens, blankets and towels, lockers, air conditioned, work desk and free Wi-Fi are included. Ocean view rooms are on a first come first served basis so be sure to reserve your booking ahead of time. Rates start at about $30.
SoBe Hostel & Bar
With classic hostel accommodations, including both shared and private rooms, SoBe Hostel & Bar (235 Washington Avenue) is ideal for international travelers on a budget looking for a friendly, social environment. Located in South Beach’s chic South of Fifth neighborhood, it’s situated on a quiet street only a few blocks from the beach. With its own bar and restaurant, a pool table, theater room, shared kitchen, there’s ample opportunity to mix and mingle with other young travelers. The hostel also features free breakfast, daily housekeeping and transfers to the airport. Rates start at $19.
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