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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
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank DanielJFiles
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Thank M C
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

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
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed December 27, 2012

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
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Esther G, Manager at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

We're glad you enjoyed the stay, right down to our music taste! Come back soon!

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