The Vibe: Hip hostel hotel hybride.
The Area: Across Collins Avenue from the beach in Mid-Beach, just north of South Beach.
The DNA: One of the most affordable ho(s)tels in a prime location, the Generator Miami by the hip European group – specialising in low-cost lodgings and grown-up style – is set in the former Atlantic Princess, and a perfect representation of South Beach’s Streamline Moderne architectural movement from the 1930s and 40s. For this happy state of affairs, the rooms and public spaces are swaddled in a mood-board of Cuban- and Miami-lite by way of stage-lamps, rocking armchairs and Art Deco-inspired pieces. The outdoor terrace, meanwhile, features a hand-painted mural of a giant iguana by South African street artist Chris Auret, and a swimming pool, alongside the obligatory cluster of palms, wire chairs and terracotta hues. The F+B diversions, too, reflect the Generator’s increasing confidence in reading its demographics. Which explains the three on-property venues, and their winning menu of locally brewed kombucha, seafood and sharing plates, and free-styling partnerships with Heineken, Pernot Ricard and Ben & Jerry’s.
Suite-Me-Up: The property’s 105 rooms pack in 300 beds, but for those leery of sharing bunks, the private rooms with en-suite bathrooms overturn any outdated notion that hostels are fit only for budget-conscious back-packers.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 105 rooms • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture: STA Architectural Group • interior design: Argent Design • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible