When it comes to location, Hostelling International USA couldn’t have picked a better place to open their newest hostel.
I first heard of HI USA when I was planning my trip to Boston a couple of months ago. The HI Boston came highly recommended so I ended up booking two nights there for my short weekend trip. Then during the conference I was attending, I met Netanya (Communications & PR Manager) who told me about HI USA’s newest hostel that would be opening up in Miami.
Netanya was kind enough to invite me to check out HI Miami Beach and enjoy the live music that was going to be playing at the taqueria on the first level of the hostel.
The property is in the process of converting from the Hotel Eva into the hostel and is undergoing some construction to create dorm rooms, but you wouldn’t know that from the looks of it. Looking around, it was clean and there were people coming in and out. And it was completely booked! I had hoped to get a picture of a room, but all rooms were occupied. That’s ok though, it gives me an excuse to go back in September once they have finished renovations.
While I walked around and took pictures, I chatted a little with Michael who was manning the front desk which is on the second floor. He was really nice and very helpful. He recommended I try the sangria downstairs. So I did!
I really liked it and really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the open area in front of the taqueria called Taquiza. There was a diverse crowd and I could hear a few different languages being spoken, which is probably the coolest part of being at a hostel. The vibe was really laid back and casual and made for some great people watching.
It was also great that they had live music. Boris and Andrew, both from Portland, Oregon, were playing softly in the background. Andrew had a lovely voice and I could have watched Boris play for hours; you could tell they were both very passionate about their music.
I’m really curious to see how South Beach’s newest hostel turns out and can’t wait to go back in September. It really is in a prime location. It’s on 15th and Collins and you can walk a block to the beach or walk a block to Lincoln Road and check out all the awesome restaurants and shops. There are bars and clubs within walking distance too. You really can’t beat it.
Address: 1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach FL 33139
Thanks again to Netanya for the invitation.
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