What We Love
- A poolside mural by lauded South African artist Chris Aurett
- Food and beverages by Gui Jaroschy (of Broken Shaker fame)
- Miami Beach is a mere 100 feet away
- Smeg refrigerators in all guest rooms
What To Know
- The property sits on the site of the former Atlantic Princess, a 1940s-era condominium
- The hostel features an all-female dorm
- Beach towels and sun loungers are included as part of your stay
- Breakfast is complimentary
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Stylish European hostel chain’s retro-chic American debut, featuring both shared and private guest rooms
Budget-friendly and high-design digs don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Case in point: Europe-based Generator group’s elegant, low-cost outposts across trendy locales like London, Barcelona, and Berlin. For its first location stateside, the hip hotel chain claimed a slice of coveted Collins Avenue, marrying bold Cuban glamor with Art Deco trimmings. The 105 rooms run the gamut from six-bed dormitory style dwellings to the more traditional—read: private—Premium Kings. Truthfully, it’s the glossy public areas where you’ll be doing most of your lounging, be it the sun-drenched outdoor terrace with its palm-flanked pool; Jim & Neesie, the eclectic in-house restaurant serving table-side cocktails and cosmopolitan comfort foods; or Driftaway, where you can sip your booze poolside.
In the Area
If you can tear yourself away from the Generator’s many indulging options, embark on a DIY walk across South Beach’s Insta-ready Art Deco district (formal tours are also available courtesy of the Miami Design Preservation League). Further afield, South Pointe Park is a prime waterfront picnicking spot. As a more charming alternative to overpriced Ocean Drive, Espanola Way—about a ten-minute drive from the hostel—offers many charming sidewalk cafés, flamenco performances, and a weekly farmers’ market. For a free classical music concert, check out SoundScape park, next to the New World Center (home to an orchestral academy), where you can take in Beethoven and Brahms under the stars.
How to Get There
We (me and my work colleague) was amazed about the poor service we received at the hotel. The lobby employees had no sense of customer service whatsoever. Also, we were charged with fees that weren't included initially at their service offer.
Beautifully decorated hostel in a great spot for the beach. Dorm rooms were very clean and beds comfy enough. Downsides were they were absolutely freezing and you have no control over the air conditioning. We started in a room on the first floor but the reception/restaurant played music til past 1am and started again at 8am which you could hear and feel the bass from in our room. Went down to ask to switch rooms, the first receptionist said they would sort it out no problem but could we wait til 3pm. No issues there. Went back down at 3 to be helped by a different receptionist who then unnecessarily added that he hadn’t heard that complaint in two years. I wouldn’t be moving all my stuff from room to room if the music wasn’t completely annoying. Large storage boxes in the room which you can lock if you have a padlock. Extra lockers in reception at $7 a day which I thought a bit steep. Even more ridiculous was the vending machine prices, you’d have to be totally desperate to not walk five mins down the road rather than paying $6 for a red bull.
Overall it was a good value place to stay but I would recommend requesting a higher level room.
Really good hotel/hostel! The common areas are really nice and the pool area is ok (not very big). Restaurant at the pool was good and not extremely expensive.
Only one block from the beach and a 10min drive to Lincoln Road.
Only cons were the high hotel fee (I've stayed at a private room and was 25usd per night) as it does not include anything special (no beach service or extra services) and the valet parking as it was expensive and not in site, so it was a slow process.
Would definitely stay here again.