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Freehand Miami
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

This was my first hostel experience. I traveled with a group of 14 girls for a bachelorette weekend, Thursday-Sunday. The bride-to-be is an avid hostel-goer and chose the Freehand. Luckily, because of the size of our group, we all filled out the private quads and bungalow with ourselves and never had additional guests, even the two in the shared quad never had to experience sharing their room.

You get what you pay for here. The breakfast is blah, the pastries were sometime stale and the fruit not yet ripe. The cleaning crew does come daily, however we chose to just have fresh towels, toilet paper, and trash bags delivered so that they didn't have to climb over our stuff in the bungalow or potentially have something thrown out that we wanted to keep. The pool area is great, the bar is nice, but overpriced as many in Miami are. The rooms all have electronic keys like hotels and there are lockers inside for valuables, just bring your own lock.

In more detail about the bungalow, which is the room I was in. We had bungalow 2. We did not realize there were more than one bungalow, otherwise we would have booked both instead of having our group all split up amongst private quads etc. the bungalows are also not attached to the rest of the property, they are outside across a small courtyard/driveway and there is no access back in without having to walk around to the main lobby. You could wait for someone to open the back hall door but good luck with that. It was spacious in the common are and that's about it. The "kitchen" was the size of an NYC apt kitchen, with barely any room to actually move in it, but it did come stocked with plates, utensils, pots, pans, glasses etc.

The biggest FAIL of bungalow 2 is that there is only one bathroom and it is very small. It was difficult sharing this with 3 other girls. Also, there was not a single full length mirror in the entire place. Our other girls had full length mirrors in the quads, but the bungalow had none. The hot water took forever to heat up for a shower, the toilet was awkward with flushing, and the bathroom was essentially a "hot box". No windows, 2 door access - hallway and bedroom. No counter space, no place for hair items etc. no place to hang wet swimsuits so we basically made a mess of this entire unit by the time we left.

We walked to the beach every day, but it is not "south beach". The beach behind the complex is Miami north beach. South beach is a good 7 minute cab ride away. However, we enjoyed the privacy and proximity of the north beach. There is a cafe with great inexpensive food, coffee, empanadas etc, across the street, along with a Subway chain, bodega/corner store and a small souvenir shop.

There are many Europeans staying here as it is a quite popular and inexpensive way to stay somewhere and travel. They smoke weed a lot. The lobby often smelled like marijuana. The pool area has plenty of smokers milling about, during the day and after hours when being served at night by the broken shaker. I don't smoke (anything), but if you do, you should have no trouble getting high.

Overall I felt ok with the hostel, it only cost about $150 for the 3 nights for each of us in the bungalow, but it is not my style and I wouldn't do it again. I can check it off the bucket list and never look back.

Room Tip: Go with a small group and get a private quad or bungalow.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

I dropped by for a bite to eat and a drink one evening. Their menu isn't extensive (mostly bar fare) but seems promising. The flat bread pizza was tasty and the fresh ingredients from the garden are appreciated. Drinks try to be unique with recipes that include ingredients such as beets. They're good but not great, and they could certainly be larger or stronger (especially for the price). Glasses are rather small by most standards, and one of my drinks was essentially one large ice cube; I made it through in about 60 seconds and not because I had any intention of doing so.

Ultimately, the saving grace of this spot is its outdoor seating/patio. I went on a beautiful, breezy summer night and was treated to a seat under mature trees with overhanging branches and subdued string lighting. The music selection was also eclectic and a nice change of pace from most bars. A pool and games (e.g. ping pong) are also available; though, I didn't ask if they were available to bar guests as well as hotel guests. This is definitely a nice spot to relax with a few friends.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Grz10
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Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

I have never stayed in a hostel and have always wanted to. I figured at $19 a night I should try it. If I were only 10 years younger I think I would have really enjoyed my stay! The bar is neat, excellent drinks. Lots of places to hang out, relax and mingle. Even though beds were assigned someone was in mine when I arrived. It's not the cleanest but everyone was respectful and quiet. It's a good opportunity to meet people from around the world. Breakfast was simple but free and the atmosphere was peaceful. Overall a great deal if you know you are a good match for a hostel. On my second night in Miami I checked in at the Hilton and took a deep sigh of relief.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank FavoriteRocketship
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Very nice hotel. 5mins walk to Miami beach. Bus stop is right in front to go to south beach and main shopping streets. Free wifi, great breakfast. Old Building renovate into pretty fashionable boutique hostel. Inside is cozy , nice mood antique style and clean .
each bed had a light stand and power point to charge ur phone beside ur head,
lockers .

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gill D
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

This place is amazing. My friends and I decided to take a random vacation to Miami. It was the first time that a few of us had ever taken a vacation without our parents. The stay was truly memorable. The staff was excellent. Im not sure if I can recall her name but I think it was Mariana? She was amazing. I work in a hotel in NYC. I thought the service at the freehand was byfar the best I have ever recieved. I would rate it 6 stars if i could. The pool and bar area are beautiful. The hotel is designed with a very clever and unique sense of style. The bike rental proved to be very convenient and affordable at the same time. My friends and I stayed in a bungalow and it was like having our own apartment. Whoever manages this place deserves a pat on the back. I will definitely be back and will never stay anywhere in Miami but the Freehand. Oh and one more thing- The staff did a great job with connecting us with a company that gave paddle boarding lessons. The lesson was one of the highlights of our trip. It also was very affordable and the instructor was awesome! See you soon Freehand!

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool are obviously louder than others because there is always a great party going on in the evening! If you dont mind good music then you should be fine!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Tangina S
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FreehandManagement, Management at Freehand Miami, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2013

Hi there,

We're so glad to hear that the Freehand has exceeded your expectations! We hope to see you again!

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