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TravelPod Member ReviewsTropics Hotel & Hostel Miami Beach
I stayed here in 2007 in the dorm with a mate, this time with girlf in a private room. This place is great - good location, superb pool, large rooms, clean if a bit dated, tv, kitchen access, free internet, good rates and helpful staff.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tropics Hotel & Hostel Miami Beach
Go for it.
The walls? Paper thin. The front desk? Quality of service depended on the person on duty. Sometimes very helpful, sometimes very unhelpful. Cleanliness? Good. Bath towels? Thin and not very absorbent. Hand towels? Non-existent. Wash rags? Upon request. Bathroom floor mat? No. Room safe? Yes. Deposit when checking in? $20 cash for key and television remote. Passport? absolute must if staying in the dorm - NO EXCEPTIONS. Even US/Canadian citizens were required to show a passport. Drivers licenses and other forms of ID were not accepted (this rule did not apply to persons staying in private rooms). Location? Excellent. The heart of South Beach and a two block walk to the beach. Bed? Okay. Private room rates for two? Very low. Telephone? Ours didn't work. Wake-up service? Not available since our phone didn't work. As a result, we had to purchase an alarm clock at a nearby convenience store. Cable television? Yes. Quality of room? Cheap furnishing, but clean. Bathroom? Clean, but toilet pipes were rusting on the outside, the bathtub had cracks and stains, and the towel racks needed to be painted. Shower head? Not a lot of pressure, but enough. Hot water? Usually, but not always. Community kitchen? Microwave, toaster, multi-burner stove, sink, old poor-quality pots/pans/utensils, cleanliness was acceptable. Housekeeping? Great. Stamps? They don't sell them at the front desk. Internet access? One computer in lobby - $1.00 for every ten minutes. Toilet paper? Cheap and a little rough. My wife purchased toilet paper at a nearby convenience store while we were there. Heat for the cold nights (50's in late December)? No. Extra blanket for the cold nights? No. A/C or fan for the hot days? No. Laundry facility? Open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Iron? Yes, but cannot remove from the laundry facility. Ironing board? No - only a hard plastic table. Would we stay there again? Yes, because of the great location and low rates. Also met a lot of diverse people from all over the world while staying at The Tropics...very cool. In summary, The Tropics could do a better job of sweating the small stuff for their customers without incurring too much expense, but if you can handle a little adventure, save yourself some money and stay there...when visiting South Beach, you shouldn't be spending much time in your room anyway.
I planned my stay at the Tropics a few months in advance. What gave the edge to Tropics over Clay was the pool. Now, i could have afforded a more expensive hotel, but being a single traveler i wanted a more friendly enviorment, more chances to meet people. As the trip drew closer i was getting nervous, due to some bad reviews. As my shuttle drove up, i was pleastly suprised. The outside is a lot nicer than pictures suggest. The lobby and pool area were clean. The room, while is very basic yet very clean. The Shower was had great presure and temp. The t.v. had lots of cable channels to choose from. The kitchen came in very handy for keepin my beers cold. The internet connection was above average. I didn't really mingle with the others guests because i was too busy making friends all over the world at the bars of South Beach. I saved lots of money on the room, which i used to support my partying. Bonus, you right in the heart of South Beach. I didn't use a cab once. Definatly going back!
Wilma welcome us with open arms.....
Well what can I say, two chicks from Brooklyn, New York went to Miami looking to relax. Now grant it we were not expecting the a 5 star hotel,so we were prepared for the worse, we even packed our own bed sheet set....lol Which I may say is a great idea, either way it made the room more colorful, bring your own toiletries as well, I dont know about other travelers, but this is how we travel, we come prepare.We lived in our bikini's swimming away hot sunny days and nights in the hotel pool. The hotel wasn't as bad as we were expecting, the guest welcomed us with open arms, the lobby was a great meeting place if your having trouble sleeping, there was always someone up late drinking and chatting it up. Mind you most of the guest were from other countries living in the dorm like rooms as residents which is where the hostel part comes in.The staff kept to themselves yet were very helpful when help was needed, big shout out to Ernesto...lol Our room was a private room with two double beds, very spacious, dresser and walk in closet which had plenty of room to hold our empty luggage and clothes and shoes all at one. Great for us females. Cable Television, small in room dining area, comfy beds... Bathroom could use improvement but considering the hurricane nonsense we had a fun time in the hotel.
Now since there is no room service, we later found out there was an open kitchen by the pool where food and drinks can be stored. Picture a big kitchen double sinks, microwave cabinets and a store like commercial fridge. A lot of money was saved buying a small grocery in the local market and storing salads, drinks, and snacks. Out side the kitchen was an out door stove where you can cook up breakfast,lunch and dinner. They provide everything in the kitchen. The hotel was cool, I felt safe and welcomed, as for those of you looking to save money this is exactly what you will be doing staying here, which leaves plenty left over to spend outside the hotel, that is the whole purpose of a vacation, "---"
P.S. Watch out for Hurricane Season....
Horrible & Disgusting
My party and I arrived at Miami Beach at 1:30am. When we got to the hotel we thought it was closed because the Hotel (which is more compared to a Shelter) had it's outside and lobby lights off. When we entered the lobby it was filled with men drinking and smoking and talking extremely loud. We checked in the Receptionist Ernesto was helpful he gave us a room in the 1st floor which we had to request to be moved due to the noise in the lobby by 2am and the bedroom stank and the lights would not come on. The 2nd room was worst, a nightmare. 1st the rug was stained and damped, The Air conditioner didn't work we had to open the windows to let smell out and have fresh air come in cause night was hott, Bed sheets eww smelled horrible that we use our perosnal towels to sleep with as covers and 1 of the beds was covering the next bedroom's door. it's a tiny twin bed low to the ground, Bathroom toilet was yellow with rust, floor tiles were supposed to be green they were balck n broken, only thing clean was the bathtub. The room only for some Nookie and that it. That what happens when 1 tries to be cheap ha,ha,ha. I must say the staff members were nice enough to refund our money back when they usually don't do that!!! I will not advose any1 to stay here.
Tropics has lots of appeal! and savy.
Tropics is a great hotel/hostel to visit it may be an insider secret but I have been all over South Beach and the Clay Hotel the other Hotel/Hostel in town and its nice but has no swimming pool and at night Tropics is more decent and quiet. This is very important to me. Its also really in an awesome location right across from the beach! I like it. Nice folks there too and the kitchen facility comes in handy! The pool is 'as good as' the movie star hotels across the street if you consider the value, yeah this one is in the right neigbhorhood as it is by the beach and by the glitz and you will get to swim. I had a clean room, nice view, its safe, I recommend it!
Great Location, Staff & Price Compensate for the need 4 new decor and a clean
While holidaying in Orlando we (me and a friend, being 2 single girls) decided to pop to miami for the weekend, expecting to find a hotel as easily there as it seems to be in Orlando. That turned out to be a mistake! I would strongly recommend anyone to book a hotel prior to getting to Miami if you can.
When we got there we found Miami beach easily enough by following the signs from the Florida Turnpike and drove down Collins (parallel to the coastline).
We parked up and found a cyber cafe (on the corner of Washington and 15th) and checked various sites for cheap hotels on Miami Beach. We found a few but were not able to book them (not sure why, perhaps because it was after 5pm on the day of arrival).
So decided to simply go to these hotels directly and book at the desk instead. This turned out to be a lot more expensive (e.g. a hotel that was $79 dollars incl tax on the internet was $109+ tax at the desk!!! and another $18 per day for parking).
We then just went into every hotel that we could see asking the price and to see the room (another very good recommendation.. some of the rooms were disgusting and more expensive than the tropics).
We eventually walked into tropics - $60+ tax and a swimming pool. no parking but a minicipal car park costing $16 per day is just around the corner (we later found out a few blocks down at 13th (Tropics is between 15th and 16th) there is another municipal car park costing $8 per day).
The room was basic and had the original decor (a brochure would call it retro) but it was clean and although it had an ash tray did not smell of smoke at all. There was a t.v with plenty of channels and a large walk in wardrobe (closet). The bathroom contained the only plug socket and to be honest the bathroom was the worst part of the stay as it wasn't the best. Nothing that a little bit of paint, some new tiles and a bit of elbow grease wouldn't fix, however. Also we were only provided with a bath towel each - so nothing separate to dry hands on! The shower was fine - plenty of pressure and hot water.
The room was also air conditioned and contained a safe to protect your valuables.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the pool water was clean (no leaves or insects floating in the corners). Although the edges were a little grimy.
The best bit was the location, right in the centre of everything - but without being bothered by it in the early hours as the position of the hotel was quiet, being on Collins between 15th and 16th - the start of the nightlife and shopping seems to start about here as there appeared to be just hotels from 16th onwards. This stretched between 3 streets; Ocean drive (one block down), Collins and Washington (1 block up) - continuing all the way along to 1st.
To summarise - if you are looking for somewhere clean (not sparkling) and cheap right in the centre of everything in Miami beach - and are prepared to put up with basic amenities, then this would be a fantastic choice.
However if you are planning your trip in advance, then you could probably find somewhere nicer for a similar price if you book in advance.
You get what you pay for
An ok hotel/ hostel- MUCH preferred the Clay- wouldn't stay here again. But at least it had an elevator and ok staff! Room very 60s deco, but had cable tv and it was clean. AC was rubbish and the bathroom had seen better days. The room was quiet though and we weren't woken during the night. Near to the beach and the main shops so a good location. Room stank of cigarettes though :-( And there was one pathetic light bulb and one plug socket- would i stay there again? Only if i had to.
In the Heart of South Beach!!!
I spent just under a month in The Tropics and never regretted a second of it. I was actually looking for the Banana Bungalow further up Collins Avenue but was recommended this place by a lovely lady at MIA.
Less than a minute from the beach, just a few blocks from the central Art Deco area, the Lincoln Mall is just around the corner as is the fabulous Washington Avenue and all of it's funky shops and nightclubs.
I stayed in a dorm. After my month in Miami, I went "Amtraking" around most of the USA and never once did I find a hostel of this spec. The dorms were tidy, the bathroom was OK (what more do you want for less than $20 a night), the staff were brilliant, the pool is clean and the open air kitchen area was perfect for meeting people and spending "a lot" of time just drinking and chatting with people from all over the world
The only downside which may affect some of you is parking, I didn't see any apart from 2 or 3 spaces out front. If you haven't got a car though, this place is in a perfect location.
Without a doubt, I recommend this place to anyone, especially those who want a great place to stay, in the heart of South Beach for next to nothing.
Go to the Clay Hotel
I stayed in one of the private rooms at the Tropics Hotel, and the whole room smelled like a giant ash tray. I don't smoke, but even for a smoker, the smell was offensive. The lighting in the room was that annoying neon lighting that makes you want to throw yourself out the window, and my towels weren't clean. If you want to spend your money wisely, go to the Clay Hotel. For $70 you can stay in a VIP room, which is much cleaner, bigger, and in a really cute little part of town. The Tropics wasn't the crappiest place I've ever seen, although I sure wouldn't stay there again.
what a week!!! brilliant. the room was great, the tv was a real bonus the only bad thing being the shower. it felt like a small child was puting his thumb in the and of a hose and then sprayin you. but alas, the week was a success.
there were loads of people from all over the world who are all there to meet other people, at one point there was 7 different nationalities around one table.
the hostel/hotel staff were really nice and happy to help when they could and the rooms got cleaned every afternoon.
the prices were great and we were one block from the beach and in the thick of south beach. id highly recommend this to anyone wanting to go the south beach....
VIVA LA TROPICS!!!