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“Original style Art Deco gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Freehand Miami
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140   |  
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“Original style Art Deco gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We (myself and 2 friends), booked Freehand after much research into hostels in Miami. As our adventures were over the Xmas break, we wanted the location to be pretty special and also to make sure we were completely satisfied with our choice. Freehand Miami lived up to exactly what we had envisaged for our trip, and some.

A beautiful and respectful refurb of what we believe to be the old Indian Creek Hotel. You walk into an atmosphere of a true totally relaxed holiday spirit..the entrance hall/reception/sitting area is the hub of the hostel, beautifully and tastefully decorated to compliment the original features of this 1930's building.

Our room was a Private Quad, and the beds were AMAZING....brand new mattresses and pillows that give you the sort of night's sleep you can only wish for on a holiday. The rooms have character you can feel and the bathrooms still also have some original features to boot. Lockers to keep your bits safe if you need to. Fluffy white towels and views either to the road, or the pool/courtyard if you're lucky.

The pool and outside area is dreamy, with fairy lights and lanterns hanging gracefully from every tree. Ping pong tables and boule to keep you entertained. Outdoor showers, very cool cruiser bikes to rent. and not forgetting the one and only Broken Shaker cocktail bar. This was the real winning element for us. A vintage inspired cocktail bar, perfectly in keeping with the theme of the rest of the Freehand persona. Too cool for school bar staff who were very lovely and we befriended the wonderful Ricky from Ecuador who we wished we'd met a few days earlier to show us the sights of Miami. The cocktails were insanely good, inventive and inspired, with the cocktail menu changing within our stay there. They had ice-cubes in shapes I had never seen, used fresh herbs from the garden and created drinks that subliminally encouraged you to want to try all of them.

The breakfast was a homemade dream of all kinds of flavours of mini-muffins, croissants, fruit salad, yoghurt topped with granola, orange juice, coffee etc. Just what the doctor ordered and a real treat to eat outside in the morning sunshine next to the still waters of the pool.

This place is a haven...and although there isn't too much in close quarters to the location in terms of shops/bars/restaurants, these are only a walk away. The white sands are a 2 minute walk....and we highly recommend The Tropical Beach cafe on Collins, which although doesn't look like anything particularly special, we can assure you the food is delicious and the portions are close to what one might see on Man vs Food for a small fraction of the price you will pay anywhere else in Miami.

My only real gripe was that the customer service on reception could've been more enthusiastic. The welcome was slightly disappointing from a place that is so special, it was just too laid back and not entirely personal for us, I would encourage management to work on this to perfect the experience. Aside from this....nothing more than a wonderful stay for us, we would definitely recommend and love to return one day. I know this place is very new, having only been open for 1 month, and I think they have done a top knotch job with it...look out for the new onsite restaurant opening in the next few months, which I can only imagine will be out-of-this-world.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view, although this could be a little noisy if you want to get to bed early due to th...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed our bar staff, breakfast offerings and beds. We’re sorry to hear your welcoming was not enthusiastic, our front desk is working hard and will always be eager to assist you in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This is truly a heaven of people of hipsters!
The newly renovated building has a cool atmosphere, great rooms, very clean and with great amenities. The hostel can be compared to 4 star hotels and would beat most of them. It has a great atmosphere especially in the evenings, you should chill out at the bar in the garden.
Some issues to be considered:
During our two day stay the elevator was out of order. I guess this has been for a while and hope they will fix it. people with disabilities should double check.
The hotel has no parking lot. It is pay park zones and mostly full all around the place. However, you can get a parking voucher with a discount from the front desk.
People at the front desk didn't seem that they are doing their best through our visit.
In the end, It is a very good hostel and definitely recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
We apologize for our elevator out of service, we are a historic art deco building and unfortunately our elevator is historic as well. We are working on installing a new system in the future as well as additional parking for our guests.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Truly an amazing hostel. I've stayed in Hostels all over the world, and this one really takes the cake. Not only does it have a pool (and a CLEan one), it is housed in a renovated 1930's Art-Deco Hotel that is absolutely charming. The free breakfast is actually delicious and filling (unlike the sad piece of toast and jam offered to me at my previous hostel), the rooms are clean, aesthetically pleasing (somewhat nautically themed), the bar serves some of the best drinks I've ever had, and even the lobby music was totally to my taste.
The staff was totally helpful, they even let me use the office computer to book a flight (since my phone had been stolen). Oh -- and the most unbelievable part-- rooms started at $21 a night!

The only draw back was that there booking system seems to be a bit rough still-- having just opened. They accidentally put me in the luggage room at first, but compensated me with free drinks for the mistake, so, guess it turned out for the best. The location perhaps isn't the most interesting part of South Beach, but its easy enough to get around, and you might end up hanging out here at night any ways.
The crowd seems to veer a bit to the hipster, NYC and European. Not quite the clubby hook-up scene you might get at other hostels but to me that's a good thing.
I'm not sure how this place came into existance. But I'm glad it did. Having worked at a Hostel, I'm all the more amazed by how many things they've got right. Do yourself a favor and stay here.

Room Tip: 1rst floor rooms by the pool may be nosier at night.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Daniel we wish you could live here too! Glad you enjoyed your time with us and for recognizing all our best qualities and acknowledging our new booking system is undergoing refinement.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Went there with friends to hava a drink or two at the bar (Broken Shaker)...beautiful atmosphere outside, the poeple where very cool, kinda hipster, loved it! Nice drinks and good pricing! oh and the music was perfect...chilled...very nice place in Miami.....

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
We’re glad you enjoyed drinks at our on property bar, we change the menu every week so make sure to check back again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This isn't just "great for a hostel"- it's better than some Art Deco boutique hotels I've stayed at in South Beach. The common area is adorable. The courtyard is beyond charming and the rooms are clean, comfortable and cute. You don't expect a flatscreen tv, iPod dock, complimentary castille soap, fluffy pillows and soft comfy robes in a hostel, but that's what you get with one of the private king rooms. The courtyard is an oasis by day with a great pool, hammocks and adirondak chairs among the banyan trees. and by night, a wonderland with lively music, a hopping bar and candles lighting your evening game of ping pong or bocce ball. The complimentary breakfast is nothing special, but its nice to have a muffin and juice and coffee before you wander out for the day. I was pleased to see there was a great mix of guests in age and group size- not just 20 year old backpackers. (Although you can find most of them sleeping off their hangovers by the pool in the am)

My one negative is the check in process. We arrived after a redeye flight at 7am and knew we'd have to wait to check in... But the girl at the counter refused to let us into a room any earlier than the 3:00pm check in time, despite the fact that there were some rooms ready. Very frustrating. Didn't make sense to have a mass of people get into line at 2:59. So don't arrive early. They're not kidding.

But otherwise, the staff was very attentive and friendly and much more than I expected from a hostel. Really loved the experience and wish we were staying longer than one night.

Tip: if you don't have a car (which you won't need) you can take the 150 bus from the airport for $2.35 and it drops you off at Indian Creek and 31st- right across the street from Freehand. And when you want to go to the south end of the beach. You can hop on the South Beach Shuttle at 23rd St for a quarter. Save your money for the overpriced drinks of SB ; )

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
We're glad you think we're better than "great for a hostel". We always want to make sure our guests are as comfortable as possible when staying at Freehand. We are a new property so we are working on the check in-process to ensure a faster and earlier check in time in the future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We can only recommend the "freehand" hostel in Miami Beach. It is a very unique spot with a warm and friendly atmosphere and a tasteful interior design.
Breakfast is in the price included and very delicious (freshly, handmade fruit salad, muffins, café, jogurt...)
The rooms are comfortable and the beds are cosy, as you got the impression of laying in a boats cabin.
In the evenings you can hang out at the bar (which plays fabulous music by the way: Beatles, Hendrix, Stones...).
As an alternative you can get some food for take away and enjoy dinner outside in the lovely garden in the light of little lanterns.
All in all, the stay in the "freehand" hostel was good price for your money and one of the best options in Miami Beach to spend some relaxing and pleasant days in an extraordinary surrounding.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed the stay, right down to our music taste! Come back soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

We had a great experience at the Freehand. It's totally affordable, the staff is courteous and helpful, plus the place is newly renovated and nicely designed. The rooms are spacious, clean and look great.

The outdoor bar area and pool are awesome (and the drinks are pretty great). As far as hostels go, this place is a palace. Our experience couldn't have been better

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Drew, it seems like you enjoyed Art Basel as much as we did! We’re happy to read that your experience couldn’t have been better and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Address: 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#37 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#52 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Freehand Miami 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Freehand Miami is our reinvention of the historic Indian Creek Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s classic art deco buildings. Created for a new generation of travelers, we have incorporated handcrafted design, local food & beverage, and a comfortable community atmosphere that offers both shared and private accommodations—all just one block from the beach. ... more   less 
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Indian Creek Miami Beach
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