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Everglades International Hostel

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20 SW 2nd Ave, Florida City, FL 33034-4928
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A cozy laid back hostel just 10 miles from the Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, John Pennekamp State park and the Florida Keys are just 45 minutes south.The hostel offers Guided Everglades Tours, canoe rentals and bike rentals. Close to Schnebly Redland's Winery, Robert is Here fruit stand and the Everglades Alligator Farm for Airboat rides! Plus Skydive Miami, R.F. Orchids and Coral Castle.
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Heba K wrote a review Aug 2018
Paris, France60 contributions76 helpful votes
We stayed as a couple with a child in the library room with a private bathroom for one night on our travels to explore the Everglades. This may be my first stay in a hostel ever and I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of the place. This place is a hidden gem in a spot that seems hardly more than a crossing outside the magnificent Everglades. The Anhinga trail where we actually saw the crocodiles is a short drive away. The place itself is quiet (apart from the highway outside) with a beautiful garden, treehouse, spring water natural pool and common area. Would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Lisa L wrote a review Jul 2018
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I’ve gone to this place for years. The Everglades International Hostel is handsdown one of my favorite places to vacation to. All the amazing agriculture in the area yield an abundance of rare fruits and vegitables. Many attractions are also located nearby and there are paddling trips you can reserve through the hostel. The original owner had a massive plan in mind and constructed with the help of volunteers a beautiful magical oasis in homestead. The new owners are not only keeping that original idea in mind, but expanding on it in all the best ways. There is a lot of upkeep and transition happening. However, if you’ve ever been in the past, you know that’s always been the case. The new owners are dedicated to working through all the kinks. They are a wonderful family. We really connected with them on this trip and they were so hospitable and generous. They’ve all been working hard to update, fix and expand, including recovery from Irma. I’m very excited to see what they create. The Hostel is totally family friendly. There are so many options from camping on site to private effeciencys with private pool included. I’ve stayed in private rooms in the main building, I’ve camped, and I’ve stayed in the Nenby small and all situations have been enjoyable. The pools are epic. All refilled daily from fresh under ground aquifers. The Hostel is also a fantastic venue for parties and workshops. I highly recommend The Everglades International Hostel to anyone who wants a magical, outside the box experience.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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O2B_Trav wrote a review May 2018
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We were looking forward to our 3 day stay and meeting other travelers. The Everglades International Hostel looked like it would be a fun, relaxed place to stay. However, we found it to be so substandard and disappointing that we walked out five minutes after being shown our room - the “Small Nenby”. Really wish we had paid more attention to recent negative reviews. The bed sagged like a hammock, the A/C was so loud that we had to speak loudly to be heard, furnishings were very worn and the room smelled bad. The buildings are rundown and the grounds are shabby. The website images are misleading to the point of fraudulent. Given the state of the accommodations it’s not surprising that the hostel has a no refund policy after booking. We explained why we were leaving to the person at the front desk, and we sensed that people walking out are a common event. There was no effort to dissuade us, no offer to show us another room (we were told at check-in that there were very few guests), no apology, and of course no offer to refund even part of our stay. Cross the Everglades International Hostel off the list. You will be very disappointed if you stay here.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Expat Family wrote a review Apr 2018
10 contributions7 helpful votes
Despite it look friendly and warm, it has been very difficult to sleep because of a worn out AC system and weird nice visitor on the morning (roach). Cleanliness is not the priority here. Idea is great, but just make it clean !
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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kookergirl wrote a review Feb 2018
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution2 helpful votes
Staying here was like being in a run-down frat house. Shabby furniture, questionable utilities, sad bathrooms with toilets that don't accept toilet paper, a kitchen with pots/pans you wouldn't want to use. We booked for 2 nights and only stayed 1. The non-refundable policy means they can keep the accommodation substandard without any impetus for much needed improvements.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Janine F wrote a review Feb 2018
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I stayed in the small private cabin for 2 nights at the end of December. According to the website it was going to be well worth the premium price. We’d driven for a month across several states and it was our most expensive stay (compared to some very great hotels and Airbnbs). The reality was nothing like the advertising. Most of the lights in the room didn’t work, it was dirty and the private outdoor area was unusable. Now I absolutely understand that Irma did some shocking damage, this is a hostel and we felt very sympathetic BUT don’t publish misleading advertising and charge rates for something that doesn’t exist or work. Especially when you are charging premium rates. From the other reviews the dorms sound fine but not the private cabin. But the most disappointing was the response when we raised our concerns. We wanted to talk to the manager/owner who was “upstairs “ but never showed their face. It was left to a poor part time guy to deal with us. We managed to negotiate a small discount but couldn’t wait to leave. Great location for the parks but please update your website pics so people know what to expect. It sounds like it used to be beautiful and will be again one day.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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701jonc wrote a review Jan 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado2 contributions6 helpful votes
We booked a private room/shared bathroom based on the generally positive reviews and the Lonely Planet description. The room photos on the web page looked inviting. However, once in the rooms we realized that the photos don't show how old and run down the place is. Overall cleanliness is poor. The common areas look like they have been furnished with garage sale rejects and haven't had a thorough cleaning in a long time. Staff was polite but seemed (possibly) perpetually stoned. Plumbing and fixtures haven't been updated in decades. Bathroom rugs were filthy. Handwritten signs in the bathroom tell you not to flush your used toilet paper - throw it in the trash. I've stayed in many hostels and none have been this bad. My biggest complaint is that the information about Everglades tours on the web page is almost totally incorrect. My understanding is that the hostel hosted tours at some time in the past but no longer does so. The price quoted on the web page ($120) is incorrect (really $160) and there is no $20 discount for hostel guests as stated on the web page. Lunch is not provided. When I questioned the staff about this, I was told that the owner has been unable to get into the web page to change it. How can that be? The hostel kitchen looked like it was well equipped but not necessarily clean. Pancake mix is provided if you want to make your own breakfast. The much praised outdoor improvements (gazebo, tree-house, spring/pool) seemed popular with the people hanging out there. So if all you want to do is hang out and don't mind the other things this might be OK for you. Otherwise I would go somewhere else.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Ming O wrote a review Dec 2017
Boston, Massachusetts61 contributions68 helpful votes
We stayed at this hotel during our trip to Everglades national park. The staff was very helpful at check-in, he even gave us an orientation tour after check-in. The hostel itself feels like a playground, with a tree house, a swimming hole, a fire pit and an octagon house in the yard. The dorm room we stayed is spacious and has its own restroom. The bed is very comfortable. There were quite some international travelers during our stay. Actually we met more native French and Chinese speakers than English speakers. The location is very convenient to the park, restaurants and supermarket. There is even local bus running to Miami and the keys (someone we met actually took bus to/from these places). Since the hostel provides a lot of common area in the yard, there are a lot of activities going on to hangout with other travelers after dark (e.g., playing cards, chess or just chatting around the fire pit). However there is one issue: the kitchen has some rodent problem, which needs some attention. We used the kitchen early in the morning before we head out for a trip in the national park (I guess we were the first one to use the kitchen that day). When we turn on the light, we saw 5-6 rats and mice running in the kitchen. Otherwise, everything were GREAT. And I would definitely recommend this place.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Rachel A wrote a review Nov 2017
London, United Kingdom106 contributions59 helpful votes
People have a right to know that whilst this place is still open for bookings and payments online, the Everglades National Park is currently closed. We made full payment to this hostel for a full day tour and one night's accommodation. We called to confirm and the phone line was disconnected, we emailed and received an automated response from the 8th September saying the hostel was expecting hurricane Irma, we went onto the FB page and people were complaining about not getting their money back and fraud. We also have not received any communication or a refund for this tour and hostel night being effectively canceled by the host.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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NeilDixon5 wrote a review Aug 2017
Worcester, United Kingdom93 contributions14 helpful votes
We arrived here straight from 11 nights in a Disney hotel at WDW. We stayed for two nights in the amazing Library Room, which has an en suite shower and toilet. Our boys (4 and 6) had the time of their lives during our brief trip here! OK, if you are looking for creature comforts, you're probably not looking for a hostel with this much character. But this place has character and friendliness in spades. The Library Room has a sliding ladder which gives the kids access to the eclectic books on the upper shelves, and they loved the novelty of the 'potty under the stairs' (toilet). But when we returned from a trip to the John Pennekamp Reef, they had a few hours to explore the amazing garden. The treehouse is spectacular, though perhaps not appropriate if you are overly cautious with your kids. Ours were up there for hours! And when we checked with the staff that you could swim in the pond and through the waterfall there was no stopping us! Friendly staff and residents, and a unique atmosphere. I've stayed in a variety of hostels in countries across four continents and this one is right up there at the top of the list for a memorable experience!
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Everglades International Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Everglades International Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace (0.9 km), Exit One Taproom (0.5 km), and Florida Pioneer Museum (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Everglades International Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Is parking available at Everglades International Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Everglades International Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sonny's BBQ, Rosita's Mexican Restaurant, and Cracker Barrel.
Is Everglades International Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Florida City.
Are pets allowed at Everglades International Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Everglades International Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Coral Castle (6.8 km).