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“Weird mix of high and low, but it mostly works” 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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Ranked #48 of 200 hotels in Miami Beach
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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“Weird mix of high and low, but it mostly works”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here on our last night in Miami because we had heard it was cool, it was cheaper than most hotels, and the bar was reputed to be awesome. All three turned out to be true, although there were some downsides as well. First things first, this is a hostel. Even in the king suite, which we stayed in, the A/C didn't quite do the job in one room, the bathroom was tiny (but immaculate), and the room was spartanly decorated. But it's also the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in: the TV was big (and there might have been one in the bedroom too), the couch was better than most hotel suite couches, there was a real live plant in our room, and we were very comfortable. And the bar was all it was billed to be - one of the best drinks I've ever had - I came back after dinner to have another it was so tasty. The pool was small but looked nice to dip into while laying around. Had coffee and donuts in the morning, always a nice hostel touch. The only downside, and I doubt this will be a real downside for long, was the location. It was mostly residential, a little isolated and not much was in the immediate area. But there was tons of construction around, so I imagine there will be much more to do very soon. Overall, for younger travelers, this is a great value, especially if you're a fun-loving type (it's close to many clubs if the bar doesn't do it for you). For older travelers, it might be too hip by half, although there were certainly older people at the bar and I'm sure a few of them were staying there. I'd recommend it to anybody who likes hostels, and even to many who typically wouldn't be interested in hostels otherwise. Just don't expect room service or other 5* amenities.

Room Tip: The king suite is totally worth it - huge, nice couch, and set in back, away from noise of bar.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For a hostel, this place was decent, modern, semi-clean and safe. There are just a few things that I do not think travelers should have to overlook no matter where they are staying. The plumbing was awful in our dorm. The shower was clogged from the moment we took our first shower and we had to shower in shin deep water. Not to mention water was pooling behind our toilet, which to me looked like it was due to a bad seal or wax ring, this left the entire bathroom floor soaked during our whole visit. This was reported to the front desk twice, where they told us somebody would be up to have a look. We waited, and waited and waited, both times, and just left. The issues remained the same both evenings we came back after "maintenance would be right up." Obviously, maintenance never came. Also, when inspecting our bunks for bedbugs, we did find translucent baby termites on the bottom bunks under the mattresses crawling around the wood. They of course do not really bother you, just kind of creeps you out. Having coffee and cereal out in their backyard, was worth the troubles. It was beautiful out there and was taken care of very nicely by very pleasant grounds men. The front office staff could put a little more love into their space though. The calendar on the wall was out dated, as well as flyers for events they had up. A beautiful space, just needs the right attention to detail to make it shine a bit more.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, 4 days ago
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed for 6 nights at the beginning of my backpacking adventure alone! It's difficult to meet fellow backpackers in this hostel, however I think that's miami in general. The broken shaker bar is full of local hipsters, the tables have reserved signs on them from 4pm onwards making hostel guests feel a little unwelcome. However this is from a lone female backpackers point of view. If you are looking for a hostel with great facilities and good price then it's great! But if you want to meet fellow travellers and feel at home ... I would avoid the freehand... Actually I would avoid miami...

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in a 4-bunk room which was quite comfortable. The front desk staff were very nice, quite helpful and willing to make adjustments to my booking. Good location and clean environment. However, the bathtub in my room wasn't cleaned in the 6 nights I was there and the drain was slightly blocked so I sometimes had to stand in a pool of water. Made a report at the front desk but nothing was done. Breakfast is mainly cereal with overly diluted milk, bananas/ muffins, tea or coffee. Overall, it was a good place to stay and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon arrival we were served by Ricky, she was fantastic and helped us through a very fast check-in as we were very tired upon arriving late. The room was very spacious and clean.

Overall the property is very well maintained and there are little touches everywhere that show a lot of thought was put into making a better experience.

I would recommend the private rooms for couples and the quad rooms for singles. Couple minutes from the beach and local restaurants with affordable local cuisine.

My only advice for travelers would be to stay away from the beach after dark however in the shopping and restaurant district on Lincoln Rd everything stays open until midnight!

Room Tip: Ask for a high Floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
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Thanks for the feedback - we are glad you had a great experience at the Freehand! We hope to see you again soon!
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Clean place, extremely friendly staff who are happy to help! Reasonable price and ridiculously close to the beach and a 10 minute walk to Lincoln road with all the bars, shops and restaurants! Would happily stay here again!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reading, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here for five nights and it was a fantastic base for exploring Miami. The rooms were very clean and a good size, although the bathroom was quite small. The room overlooked Indian Creek Drive but there was no noise either during the day or at night. The air conditioning was on very high though, which sometimes made it difficult to sleep. It has a great pool, bar and lounge where it's easy to be as sociable or private as you want. The place has a lot of character, which the staff add to. It would have been nice to stay a bit closer to the bars and shops in South Beach, which were a five to ten minute walk away, but if I come back to Miami then I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#38 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#48 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#55 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
Hotel Indian Creek
Indian Creek Hotel South Beach

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