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The Tropics Hotel & Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
The Tropics Hotel & Hostel is a mix of convenient location, old glamour, and hostel-pitched prices -- perfect for a visit to Miami's flashy beachfront.

The Location

The Tropics is situated right in the pumping heart of the Miami sideshow, with easy access to the world famous South Beach strip. This area is also home to the historic and distinctive Art Deco district and more restaurants than you could possibly walk past in an hour. Whether it's a tattoo, a tequila shot, or some bedazzled South Beach short-shorts, everything is within five minutes' walk of this central location. Due to the constant flow of tourists and rapper/Paris Hilton wannabes down the main drag (Ocean Drive), the area is a relatively safe for groups and single travelers alike. Getting here by taxi, shuttle, and bus is straightforward -- it's hard to miss the glowing neon light announcing its presence on the very prominent Collins Avenue.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The Tropics Hostel itself may resemble a hotel enough to make you think you have the wrong address. It occupies a classic Art Deco building that hints at former grandeur but now is perhaps a few years past its prime. Now converted into a hostel, it has both private rooms with bathroom, A/C, cable TV, and a phone, and shared rooms sleeping four to eight people, all with A/C and linen included in the reasonable price. A private bathroom was also included in our shared dorm of four. Rooms are clean, functional, and still retain some of the original feel of their former life as a traditional hotel room (bathtubs in the bathrooms and the floor area is considerably more spacious than is traditional for a hostel room). All rooms are permanently locked and there are lockers available upon request for storing valuables.

Common Spaces

As guests are generally making the most of the nonstop Miami nightlife, the hostel has a quiet feeling throughout the evenings (or at least until the revelers return). Overall it has a safe, international vibe that makes you feel comfortable leaving your baggage unattended in a shared room (as we did). Typical hostel amenities have recently been added, such as a coin-operated laundry and a communal kitchen with plenty of storage space. The twenty-four-hour front desk with no curfew is convenient for early morning departures or any late night concerns. There is a well maintained and generous Olympic size swimming pool on site with a large adjoining BBQ area with seating, which is the main social focal point for the hostel. An internet terminal is available in the grand-sized lobby -- however, our one complaint is that there is currently no wireless internet access.

Summary

Located right in Miami's ostentatious neon capital of glitz, this historic building no doubt has a few good stories to tell. It is a relaxed, affordable, and fitting place to explore the beach famous for vices of every description.

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September 2008

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The Tropics Hotel & Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Good location, shame about the rest. I stayed here for four nights in summer 2007 and both me and my friend were attacked by bedbugs! I had scars for months from these. Also our room leaked during a thunderstorm, which ruined the clothes and shoes that my friend had left next to her bed. The staff were apologetic and offered to move us to the only other room they had free but this one leaked even more! If it hadn't been for these I would recommend the tropics as it is very well located and the pool and outside areas are nice.  , UK ()
4  There s nothing else i can say apart from that i had the best time ever in this hostel during my travel around the U.S.A. Spent three weeks at Tropics (august 2006), met a lot of nice people and new friends, every night there was something going on! If you travel on your own and are worried not to find any crazy mate to experience Miami nightlife, just stay at Tropics and you'll see -- no time to rest or get bored! stay at Tropics and you won't regret!  ()
4  Really great. Stayed in a four-bed dorm with own bathroom. it is a hostel, therefore not luxury but more than ok. you see that people have lived there -- cleaning every day. a kitchen and outdoor-cooking place. a pool to relax. perfect location! close to everything -- beach, shopping, nightlife, supermarket, bus stops. very nice and helpful staff (twenty-four hours). felt secure. would go there again for sure!  ()
2  I found the hostel frightening, the staff rude, but it does have the advantage of location. It's only one street away from the beach. There were some very interesting guests when I was staying there and I made sure that the door was locked and stuff was piled up against it every night. No such a good place to stay.  ()
5  This was a great hostel. I had a private room and it was very clean and even had a walk-in closet. When I go back to Miami I will definitely stay here again.  ()
2  This hostel is disgusting. From the rude staff to the people smoking in the dorms and reception area, it smelt real bad and the dorms were real dirty. We had no power for a day and a half which meant cold showers and nothing to cook with, no explanation given. Although the location is great i would not stay here again, very different to the description given on the internet.  ()
5  I have stayed at this hotel/hostel several times over the past years and every time it was just great. Other places are sometimes cool; you never know but so far it was all good experiences here. The swimming pool is awesome. Front staff are very polite and decent. That is important in South Beach. :) Also the location on Collins is close to the ocean! There's one street to cross and then the walkway to the sea. Wonderful area, lots of great things to see and do, as South Beach is the place to be. You go for the clubs if you want to but you could relax at this hotel and have the relaxing daytime feel of Miami. :)  ()
4  Pluses: + Pool + Area + arrangements + close to the beach  ()

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