3 Best Hostels in Miami – A Complete Guide to Florida’s Magic City

3 Best Hostels in Miami - A Complete Guide to Florida's Magic City
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Are you ready to discover the best hostels in Miami Beach? Get ready for some serious cool hostels to meet people while hanging around the pool. What an exciting trip you have coming up.

Thanks to the help of this handy guide, you’ll soon be shouting from the rooftops “I’m in Miami, *insert rude word here*!”

Our favorite hostels in Miami are:

  1. Generator Miami - best for Solo Traveller
  2. Selina Gold Dust - best for Digital Nomads
  3. Freehand Miami - best for Female Solo Travellers
  4. Extra: Viajero Hostel - best for Socializing

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This famous city in Florida not only has gorgeous white-sand beaches, but hostels that will quite rightly knock your socks off. Seriously, wait until you see the outdoor pools.

There is also scope for having a fun party in Miami. So of course we’ve gone ahead and included the best party hostels in Miami City.

Miami is all about getting social, and the hostels here seriously support this. Wine tasting, sunrise yoga, you name it.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

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Quick Introduction to Miami

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Miami cost 13€ – 27€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 100€ up to 250€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Hostel Type – Party vs. Boutique Hostel: You will find here a wide range of quality in hostels. From youth hostels, hostels for families to boutique and crazy party hostels, as well as super-budget-low-quality places. Make sure you pick your right hostel type! Otherwise, you will not enjoy your stay! Rock Hostel is a backpacker place, Freehand Hostel is more a hipsterish place for female solo-traveler. In this guide we share a hostel for each traveler type, don’t you worry!

Fun Fact: Both our #1 and #2 hostels are part of the best hostel chains in Europe & the world.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Miami are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Miami.

  1. Generator Miami – best for Solo Traveller
  2. Selina Gold Dust – best for Digital Nomads
  3. Freehand Miami – best for Female Solo Travellers
  4. Extra: Viajero Hostel - best for Socializing

These are our favorite hostels in Miami. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Generator Hostel Miami
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Freehand Miami
🥳 Party Hostel:Miami Beach Bikini Hostel Cafe & Bar
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Generator Hostel Miami
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Freehand Miami
👫 For Socializing:Viajero Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Selina Gold Dust
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Generator Hostel Miami
📍Top Location:Viajero Hostel

1. Generator Miami

Let’s jump right in and encourage you to discover the Magic City with an experience-led stay at Generator Miami – the best Miami hostel!

You will literally be sleeping 100 feet from the beach. Oh yeah.

This hostel chain decided to open its doors first and foremost in Miami. We couldn’t agree on a better destination.

Like all of their hostels, at Generator Miami you can expect to enjoy:

  • On-site bar and cafe
  • Female only dorm rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bike hire
  • Outdoor swimming pool

And with the swimming pool comes an inclusive beach towel and sun lounger. With a pool bar right by the water, we’re not sure you’ll go anywhere else.

This is an 8-level property, so it’s not exactly cute and cosy. But that’s not the point.

The atmosphere here is all about the buzz, bringing travellers together to create new friendships and lasting memories. They also have Miami singles bars.

When the hostel is at capacity, you’ll have over 300 people to mingle with!

Looking for a great gay hostel Miami? This is certainly a top choice.

Good to know: the 14% tax is not included in the room rate.

At both of the on-site restaurant-bars you can keep the fun times flowing until 2am each morning!

This is what makes the range of rooms so good – all travellers types are welcome and made to feel at home.

6-bed dorms offer more of a social vibe, whereas 4-bed dorms are quieter. Yet every bed offers a privacy shield, so it doesn’t really matter which you choose. There is also a selection of private rooms. It is the best hostel Miami has to offer!

Read: Generator Hostels – a complete guide

Location: In the heart of the South Beach District, just steps away from the iconic Miami Beach front. Surrounded by city skyscrapers and the Miami vibe, you’re never far from everything you could possibly need.

A fantastic choice for:

  • Solo travellers
  • party-seeker
  • anyone who enjoys a fun, cool young vibe
Book Generator Miami here

Check prices at:
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2. Selina Gold Dust

Our second choice is unique and luxurious. An absolute must for travelling party seekers and casual traveler!

When you enter the doors of Selina Gold Dust, prepare to feel a nostalgic mix of Quentin Tarantino and A Space Odyssey vibes.

“This nostalgic-chic getaway will transport you back in time, to an era when warm colors and rounded shapes contrasted with modern materials and colors.”

Enter the hostel via the cozy little coffee shop and keep going; there’s plenty to enjoy here:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Small hostel bar
  • Drive-in movie theatre
  • Diner

For those of you that are budget-conscious, there is a common kitchen available as well.

All of the stylish common spaces, amenities and comfortable rooms will have you feeling like you’re stepping into a surrealist motion picture – that’s pretty cool!

Super cool: Selina is pet friendly! There’s a $10 per night fee and pets can only stay in private rooms.

As for rooms? Choose a shared dorm, twin, deluxe double, or family room. Selina has every traveller type sorted.

No matter which room you choose, you’re going to feel right at home amongst outstanding amenities and modern design.

A fantastic choice for:

  • Party-seeker
  • Digital Nomads
  • Young and Hip Vibes
Book Selina Gold Dust here

Check prices at:
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3. Freehand Miami

Are you a free spirit in search of a free-spirited community just steps from the beach?

Welcome to Freehand Miami, in that case. This is easily the second coolest hostel Miami has to offer.

“Freehand Miami is a modern hostel with awesome extras – come take a dip in our outdoor pool, or sip on a cold drink from our cocktail bar.”

The overall design is pretty neat. It includes bespoke art by Miami-based creatives, adding a cutting edge vibe that’s set to impress.

Whether you stay in a mixed or female dorm, or splash out on a king suite, you’ll be treated to towels, bedding and a big locker for all your things.

Every room comes with an en-suite, too. So just roll out of bed and straight into the shower!

Now that you have your room sorted, what’s next?

Ah yes, the awesome amenities…

  • Courtyard trees w/ fairy lights
  • Restaurant serving garden veggies
  • Outdoor pool w/ sun loungers
  • Curated activities and events
  • Cocktail bar

If that wasn’t enough; breakfast is free, pets are welcome and there’s FREE iced coffee in the lobby each day.

Reception is also open 24/7, and the staff can point you in the direction of bicycles that you’re welcome to use.

What does this hostel not have?!

Super cool: book three nights and get the fourth night for free.

One last thing. There is a sunrise yoga class that can’t be missed before jumping in the pool.

Location: It’s around a 30-45 minute ride from Miami International Airport and a 5-minute stroll from the beach. There is a weekly shuttle to Little Havana from the hostel.

We recommend this accommodation for:

  • Female solo travellers
  • Groups
Book Freehand Miami here

Check prices at:
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4. Viajero Hostel

Viajero Hostel is just a super enjoyable place to stay at. For the price, you really cant beat the location with easy access to the beach, restaurants & all nightlife.

When walking into the lobby you immediately feel like your stay is off to a good start! The atmosphere is colorful, fun, well put together and up-to-date. 

Beds are comfrtable and have a sense of privacy because of the curtains. The room is spacious, have a couch, big luggage storage under the beds AND your own bathroom! The room is cleaned every single day. They offer beach and bath towels, a working/lunch space and fridge. There is no kitchen or microwave so do be mindful of that. 

Staff is very friendly and helpful and loves to answer whatever question you have. They host activities daily & make everyone feel included! The beach volleyball and bachata lessons organised by the hostel are so much fun and enjoyable.

Location: This hostel is located in the Art Deco district at South Beach, just a few steps from the beach. Miami’s downtown is a 10-minute drive away. Local beaches are Lummus Park Beach (250m), and Miami Beach (550 m). 

This is one of the best Miami hostel for:

  • Socializing
Book Viajero Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

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Viajero Miami Dorm

Viajero Miami Common Space

What about cheapest hostels in Miami?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels! We think, it’s not worth it to go with the Miami cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

SoBe Hostel Miami is one of the Miami Florida hostels that offer affordable rate, yet the ratings are not very high.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Miami.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Miami
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Miami for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Miami for solo-travellers? Didn’t you already notice that every hostel in this list is designed for the solo traveller?

We won’t make you back track. Here’s a handy overview:

It goes without saying that Generator Miami wins overall. It offers female only dorms, 2 onsite bars and a gorgeous outdoor pool. It’s so easy to meet new people here.

FYI: We did used to include Miami Beach International Hostel here, but this has now changed to an “apartment-style” model instead of a hostel.

Party Hostels in Miami

Ready to partaaaay it up in the Magic City of Miami? We have one party hostel in Miami worth mentioning.

Top tip: To save some money on alcohol you can buy from liquor stores in South Beach Miami. A popular choice is MB Liquors Miami Beach.

You can party all night long or enjoy an early night at Miami Beach Bikini Hostel Cafe & Bar. That’s because the rooms are cleverly set away from the party zone.

If your favourite word is free, you’re going to love it here.

Freebies include:

  • Hot breakfast & dinner
  • Jacuzzi access
  • Everyday beach yoga
  • Beach towel, umbrellas & paddle balls

Next door at Flamingo Park there is an Olympic-size pool, and across the road at Mondrian Hotel there are weekend pool parties with live DJs.

Not to mention hostel beer pong tournaments, poker nights and daily pub crawls.

Relax in the beer garden and enjoy a few drinks with new friends. Sounds perfect.

Book Bikini Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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One more idea: Poshtel by the Beach

Fancy staying in a fancy hostel that’s more like a hotel, with a swimming pool and open bar? Who wouldn’t!

Posh South Beach Hostel is a luxurious Miami hostel that’s affordable for for the every day backpacker.

Here are some of the awesome inclusions:

  • Memory foam mattress & privacy dividers
  • Rooftop pool w/ lounge chairs
  • Hostel bar w/ free drinks every evening(!)
  • Insanely upscale kitchen

There is even an onsite concierge that can sort you out with tours, attractions and party buses to the cities hottest nightclubs!

As for the beach? It’s literally a 3-minute stroll from the property.

Book Posh South Beach Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Miami best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Miami put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Miami hostels on a map.

FYI: All of the hostels in this guide can be found along Collins Avenue.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Bayside Park
  • Jungle Island
  • South Pointe Park

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Here we share with you the most asked question:

What's the best hostel in Miami?

You obviously skipped straight here, didn't you? Skip back up and discover Generator Hostel Miami.

What are the best places to hangout in Miami Shores?

Lincoln Road Mall is a really good place to hangout if you enjoy people watching. It's also a nice area for talking a stroll and enjoying a picnic. On Sunday's there is a farmers market and street performers.

Where is a good place to stay with a car in Miami?

Honestly, we don't recommend renting a car whilst visting Miami - parking is both expensive and difficult to find. Plus, not many hostels offer parking. It's so easy to get around as long as you pick a central hostel: no car needed.

What is the best area to stay in Miami with your family?

Coconut Grove is the oldest neighborhood in Miami and great for families. It's central and has a bohemian vibe, plus plenty of parks for the kids.

What are the best sites for finding Miami Florida hostels?

Can we throw our hat in the ring and simply say; Hostelgeeks.com.

We have a fine collection of 5 star hostels from around the globe, recommending only those we would to our friends and family.

Best places to live in Miami for singles? Are there any good Miami singles bars?

Assuming you're a solo traveller looking to stay in a hostel, we recommend Generator Hostel Miami every time. It also has a bar which is great for meeting new people (and potential partners).

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Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Miami guide.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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CLOSED: Rock Hostel

Situated between Miami’s sun-kissed beaches and Art Deco buildings you’ll come across Rock Hostel.

“Think comfort, security and fun all under one roof!”

These guys are redefining what it means to budget travel.

A combination of modern comforts and super location are taking the place of squeaky beds and mould on the ceiling. Budget travellers, eat your heart out!

Let’s take a closer look at these modern comforts…

  • Cocktail bar
  • Hip restaurant/cafe
  • Vast communal spaces
  • Secure & spacious rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Free wifi

Your stay is made extra special with the added bonus of organised wine tastings, boat trips and nights out – sign up to your preferred activity with friendly staff.

Important: there are no private rooms here, only shared dorms.

Spread over 6, 8 and 10-bed dorm options, there is also a female only option in each size.

So much effort has gone in to making these rooms super comfy.

Get ready for an en-suite, air conditioning, a small kitchenette (with sink) and a personal bed light and plug. Sorted.

There is also a handy communal kitchen on site if you fancy cooking.

Location: In the heart of the world famous Art Deco district, Supermarket Miami Beach, surrounded by 20th-century gems. Gianni Versace’s mansion is a 5-minute stroll, and epic salsa dance halls and rooftop bars surround you. It is also 4-minute walk to Art Deco Supermarket Miami Beach. Ask the hostel in advance about a pick up from the airport.

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