There is no doubt SoBe Hostel and Bar is the top choice for traveling millennials as the best party hostel in Miami, Florida. Located in the party destination of Miami Beach, young travelers prove that nightseeing is better than sightseeing here (party-minded backpackers would agree). Great Party. Meet Friends. Booze Cruise. Perfect Location. With that being said, SoBe Hostel has it all.
I was traveling in USA alone with my backpack spending my time off from work. Since it’s my first time in the US I rely on reading reviews in different travel sites in every state/city I visit. I’ve read a lot about Miami Beach being one of the top destinations in the US so I included it on my bucket list. With white sand beaches, palm trees and tropical weather all-year-round combined feels like home. Dude! I’m a Filipino, beach is home for me.
I travel a lot and I noticed that hostels are not as prevalent in the US compared to Europe and Asia. As a millennial hostel-goer, I explore the world the cheapest way possible but not to compromise happiness and comfort. Mind you, Miami isn’t cheap. Hotels and basic necessities are so overpriced. Choosing hostel over hotel would be a wise idea. With hostel, it’s not only cheap but you’ll meet like-minded people that would turn to “friends for life” and it is usually in a great location. The atmosphere is much more relaxed, a melting pot of various cultures and you always end up having a chat to fellow travelers.
After reading some reviews from booking.com, without thinking twice I booked SoBe Hostel 3 days before my trip. I was lucky to get a spot for single bed in 8-bed mixed dormitory room as they are usually fully booked during summer (unless there’s last minute cancelation). I stayed only for 4 days and I never regret, it was the best time of my life. I have never experienced a hostel that offers free breakfast and dinner and a free shuttle to and from MIA Airport, free welcome cocktail and free to chat with friends. So don’t believe in the saying “there’s no such thing as free!”. SoBe is just an awesome proof, they will never let you get hungry and thirsty. The morning I got there, I immediately found friends while in the lobby waiting for my time to check in. The environment is very young, lively and friendly with matching dance music in the background. It so happen that people from around the world gather in one place to hang out, have fun, share travel stories and exchange language. We headed out to their bar and avail our drink voucher. Prices at the bar is generally better than any bar nearby. This is a great way to start planning during your stay. Well, if you’re in Miami Beach there’s 3 things you would probably do. Join sightseeing tours. Hit the beach. Party during the night (party is my favorite though).
With these being said, I described my stay in 4 words. EAT. SLEEP. PARTY. REPEAT. Check out these factors that would make you fly to Miami and choose SoBe Hostel right now.
Located in the heart of South Beach Miami, SoBe Hostel is just so perfect. The beach is 5 minutes away or 2 blocks from the hostel and the bus stop for North Beach or Downtown is just right in front. Don’t worry if you didn’t catch their free transportation, you can always take Airport Bus 150 for $2.75/way and will perfectly drop you at the hostel. The place is also a short walk to bustling Ocean Drive so as easy access to shopping, dining, and clubs.
The friendly staff creates a warm and welcoming environment with so many amenities. SoBe provides breakfast and dinner for free with your stay! You don’t need to budget for meals while you’re traveling and can save your money for experiences. So, I took advantage of waffles and fruits for breakfast and chicken and rice for dinner. It wasn’t luxurious meal but good enough (man its free can’t complain!). Not only that, free hire of beach mats, bodyboards, parasols, towels, and beach balls, ideal for having fun on the beach without having to buy your own supplies. Shuttle is also avaible to pick you up from Miami International Airport for no charge. Just be at Terminal J Door 28 and present your reservation at these times; 9:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM. If you want sightseeing tours in Key West, Everglades National Park or Miami downtown then staffs are willing assist you (they know better how you can get discounts).
The Wi-Fi doesn’t really reach the rooms and I don’t have any issue with that. I compliment the hostel for such a genius idea as you had to come out to the lobby to use Wi-Fi so you end up socializing with other people. Travelers hangout usually in the lobby during the day. It’s like a huge playground for all to play cards, listen to music and chat. Oh before I forget, they give welcome drinks which will be claimed at their bar ( got lucky they gave me 2 vouchers).
Room and Rates
Why would settle for less when you can have the best? SoBe Hostel is one great value for money and exactly how a hostel should be. For as low as $20/night you can have a super clean bunk bed in a spacious room. I couldn’t say more but it’s just unbeatable.
Nightly Club Excursions
Yes, there’s community here and this is my favorite part. Every night hostel organizers take guest out to different big clubs and popular bars. This pub crawl is participated by diverse people ready to party, chill and make the best memories. For as low as $15, you’ll be able to see the nightlife of the city without selling blood to be able to afford it. At 9PM, we gathered in an open bar for 30 minutes over a free flow punch. This first phase is to get know each other within the group. I would suggest not to get drunk this early as the night is still young, there’s more to come in the later. Good times continued as we all picked up by a party bus. This is what I love most with the loud music, good vibes and crowd is packed inside the bus. It will bring you to clubs such as Nikki Beach, Story, or Icon and entrance to the club is definitely free just make sure you have the wrist band with you. In South Beach Miami, there’s no curfew so it is perfect to party until you drop. Overall, this kind of pub crawl is a must try. I didn’t have to walk down the street finding my own party. I didn’t have to plan looking for best party place because the hostel already did that for me.
Well, hostels are not for everyone. Do not come here if you’re like, “No thank you, just a glass of water please.” Like, seriously? You are in Miami b*tch! Most people travel here for the party, and the staff’s mission is to make sure you’re having a blast. If you are looking for peace and quiet then definitely not a place for you to stay. As for me, I like being with a group, and I don’t have any issue when it gets noisy at times no matter how respectful your roommates are. Overall, I find SoBe Hostel & Bar the best party hostel in town and most backpackers, lone travelers, hostel-goers or whatever you call them would agree with me. I can’t wait to go back and make another history. My stay was something I couldn’t forget for the rest of my life.