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“Love this place! Amazing atmosphere and great value”
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Freehand Miami
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This place is simply the Best. This Hostel is the place to be in MIami. The Hostel is located walking distance from MIami Beach and a Shop and restaurants are around the corner too. This Hostel is very special. The decoration makes you feel like you are at a special place. The Pool is awsome. We stayed in the Bungalow. The Bungalow was like a little apartment. Living room, Bedroom, Kitchen and two bathrooms. Also there was lots of places to storage clothes etc. You didn't feel like you were in a hostel at all. The Apartment was cleaned every single day they even washed the dishes. Everyone was really nice and friendly there the staff was very helpful too. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. I will defiantly return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

If you don't know, this Place is a hostel--a really nicely renovated, low-key, cool hostel. Although there are some standard king rooms like a typical hotel, I recommend this for a girls' or guys' weekend or even a family reunion and a stay in either the quad or Super8 rooms. These rooms have either 4 or 8 bunks. The bunks are solid, sturdy, comfy and feature details like individual lights, plugs and storage nook. The 8-bunk room has 2 baths.

The whole experience is somewhere between college dorm, summer camp and backpacking through Europe. Besides, who doesn't love bunk beds!?! We actually had 4 kids with us (10-12 yrs) and stayed in the super8 and they LOVED it! We ordered pizza, they played cards, ping pong, and board games (which hotel has) and just got a kick out of it. I would caution those with younger (not really suited) or teen kids as the overall atmosphere outside is a bit adult (i.e. definitely smelled some "herbs").

Location is awesome for what you pay. South Beach and Lincoln Rd are nearby and hotel is one short block from beach. This area is a little quieter which is nice to come back to after the SoBe craziness. Hotel is historic so you get the Art Deco vibe. They have bike rentals and other activities which are great if you're solo. They also have an awesome outdoor area and bar called the Broken Shaker.

Because it's a hostel you can buy just a bed which is a bit scary of an idea but you can request single-sex. Also since this concept is huge everywhere outside the US, guests seemed mostly Latin or European. Can't beat this value for the Beach!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2013

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Thanks for taking to time to review our property - we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back again soon!

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

I passed over this hostel initially when I first looked for accommodation, however another hostel recommended this one and I found it a great stay and met my needs. The atmosphere is very relaxed and inviting, reminds me of a cabin, it's worth the money! They have a great pool, the keys to the rooms are magnetic cards, it's very clean, staff are helpful and seemingly like their job, breakfast is decent (not lavish), it's very close to bus stops, the beds are very comfortable, the 8 rooms are spacious and I would highly recommend this hostel it's a great stay in Miami!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2013

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Thanks for the review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We decided to stay here based on TA reviews and the price. We went down to Miami with 18 girls for my bachelorette party (the other 4 stayed elsewhere). I wished we knew there were 2 bungalows as we would have booked them both. Instead we got one bungalow and 3 shared quads. Check-in was a bit slow due to all the rooms we had but the staff did their best to help us bring our luggage to the one room that was available.

The bungalow room was very spacious, we were able to host 18-21 people there one night for some pregame festivities before heading out. The fridge came in handy for drinks. For a large room, I wish there were more mirrors, there was only one mirror.

Anne Posschelle was great at responding to our emails and inquires before our travels. There were 2 girls that were supposed to have a shared quad with strangers and ended up not having roomates at all. AC and electricity worked perfectly although sometimes it was hard to turn on and off the pull chain light in the closet/locker room.

The pool/bar area was very cool and hip. We hung out there one night and ordered a sangria bowl (about 200.00),

We ate where the locals ate and ate at the nearby Cuban family restaurant, Topical Beach cafe almost everyday and packed coolers at the grocery store and headed to the beach.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I stayed here for a night, overlayed, and had an awesome time. Free wifi, good enough bedding and privacy even in shared rooms. It also has access to the beach, a stonethrow's distance, and to South Beach, in a bus or bike. Definitely recommended as value-for-your-money option in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights mid-week. Very cool place and happening at night. We stayed in a king room and it was amazing, much nicer than I expected. The hotel staff were young and helpful and the bar and outdoor area are amazing. Great for those who want a fun atmosphere but not at the expense of comfort/luxury. Very close to the main south beach areas.

Stayed: August 2013
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2013

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Thanks for taking the time to review us! We're glad you enjoyed your stay here. Come back soon!

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I had made a reservation for me and my 14 year old son in a mixed dorm room. Upon my arrival around 10pm, I was told that children under 18 are not accepted in dorms and they didn't have any other room available except in a 4 bed dorm for me and my son for US$ 190.-, one night !! which I couldn't aford.
I had to find another place to stay right away, because they wouldn't let me stay for the night.
This detail is not mentionned anywhere on the hostel website neither on booking websites.
Though, it looked like a nice place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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FreehandManagement, Management Team at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

Hi,

Thanks for reviewing us. We are currently revamping the website and will be including the minimum check in age in a more public spot. We hope you come back to stay with us soon!

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Additional Information about Freehand Miami

Address: 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140-4429
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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:
Ranked #6 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Miami Beach
Price Range: $38 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Freehand Miami 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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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