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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Indian Creek Miami Beach
- Hotel Indian Creek
- Indian Creek Hotel South Beach