Bacteria in kitchen and garbage cans. Dirty in courtyard.
This place is a whiles to get to. It's kinda difficult to enter the place because the entrance is on the sidewalk. The staff are a little rude, but one of the ladies is really nice. The rooms are clean and smell good, and the AC runs well. The kitchen is smelly and hasn't been disinfected for a while. There are lots of traces of bacteria on the counter and you can feel the animal presence of the dog doesn't help. The TV room is bedbug and flea ridden, and I wouldn't sit down anywhere inside. The court yard is big and complicated, with waterfall and reading room and yoga tent. It's overgrown with a weed tree that has thick leaves, so it gets muggy and hot at night. And then, there's teeters who rent out a space in the yard for camping. It's too much, and the lights they leave on all night are fire hazards and bug attractors. By the outside garbage cans, they have a fly trap bag with thousands of flies all crammed and eating each other. They leave the breakfast out on the table at night three feet away from this bag. I would probably go to complain and enjoy the clean bunk beds and shower for one or two nights.
Age 34 | United States
The best thing in Florida City!
This is a great place. I loved the gardens, tree house, and outdoor shower. I was also impressed with the paddle tour. Caren is a great guide!
Best hostel ever for me
All nice staff and they have different stories. The environment is so nice -- water fall, BBQ, swings, to name a few -- all in the wonderful garden. Clean and tidy rooms. And the amazing kitchen, from where you can get whatever cooking weapons you want, and you can enjoy some free food. I really want to go there again!
The best day ever!
This hostel is amazing! I swam in a waterfall in the garden on New Years Eve! We went on a tour into the Everglades with Jeff and kayaked next to the biggest crocodile and went right by us. You just must see this place. The city is nothing really but when they call the hostel an Urban Oasis it is true. The staff is the best and the place was really clean even for such a party as New Years. Thanks Mario for the Hookah! Be Back soon.
Quaintly cool but dirty and full of drugs
This was my second visit to this hostel, Florida city has not changed an awful lot, it is still as run down as 3 years prior. The hostel itself is a cool place though needs some work, the staff are all friendly but lack personal hygiene. The only smell stronger than the staff was the marijuana. I stayed here over the new year and it seemed that there was some hippyish event happening so these complaints may have been due to these visitors, however i dont really see it suitable for waterfall to be filled with nude people when there are families staying on the grounds. All in all it is a nice place but needs a more professional demeanor! i would stay again but only as a cheap hotel stop to give access to biscayne and the everglades.
Amazing, perfect in every way (except the mosquitos)
Where can i start? i stayed here in july 09 and just like the other person before me i wish i could stay longer! they have a sexy new waterfall/lagoon that pumps up fresh water from an underground source and cascades it over you! The staff were very friendly and happy to have you stay with them. The name of the owner is Own, she was lovely! It's got a beautiful garden with lots of hammocks a lounge chairs! I could go on and on about this place! Free internet! Free phone calls within the usa! i promise you will not regret this place, you get so much more for your money than some other hostels offer!
I think they have some guided tours but i did not check these out. wish i did. My impression as a whole is that these people are hippies, but in a cool way, and they are not trying to make money from you, just to share this beautiful place. i promise you will love this place! What a find!
Wish I could have stayed longer
Ok this hostel rocks! I got in late and was still able to grab a bed. I wish I was here longer but was on way back to chicago. The setup is super cool and the people are very nice. My only suggestion would be to somehow transfer this hostel down to the one in Key West. For sure a great place to crash.
USA - Chicago
I have stayed at this hostel a few times in the past five years. My first stay was my first time traveling solo. Therefore it was especially significant to me. I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and met someone that is now one of my closest friends. Out of the many places I have stayed around the world since, this hostel is thus far the most comfortable and well run. I really enjoyed their Everglades tour on my second visit and have to say that the mexican food across the street is a must have if you like that kind of food. Another thing not to miss is a milkshake at the Robert is Here fruit stand down the road. It is a bit of a drive, but if you have the transportation it is worth it to take a ride to Shark Valley National Park. I walked instead of taking the guided bus tour and the smell in the air held a certain sweetness that just can't be described. There were many baby alligators and turtles as well as different species of flowers when I visited in the spring. Lastly, I don't recommend the alligator farm. I was disappointed with the conditions that they were kept in.