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.
- 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