SoBe Will Be Home To The Coolest Hostel (Yes, Hostel!) We've Ever Seen

Freehand-Miami
You might have to sit down for this one: There is, in Miami (the city of a billion gorgeous hotels), a hostel we might actually want to stay at. If you are hyperventilating, too, we don't blame you. The cheaper alternative to the already budget-conscious motel evokes images of bed bugs, group showers (not the sexy kind), and bad horror movies. Except, of course, when it is in South Beach.
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In the spirit of the rustic-chic Ace Hotel in Portland and New York City, Freehand is taking over the old Indian Creek Hotel as a legitimately cool upscale hostel. Yes, those apparently do exist, and the Sydell Group (who also developed the aforementioned Ace Hotel and owns NoMad in NYC) is embracing bunk-bed chic for a nautical, coolest-sleepover-ever vibe.
Suddenly, visitors are no longer "travelers on a budget" but actually in the center of a cool Miami venue. The Broken Shaker (one of our favorite pop-ups of, say, all time) will make its permanent home at Freehand — and will still be managed by the Bar:Lab cocktail geniuses. In other non-hostel-like moves, the space will offer 15 private rooms out of the 60 available, and those that are set up communally will have an adorable cabin-like vibe. The location will also be kitted out with amenities like a gym, a pool, and an onsite garden.
Making SoBe travel affordable and appealing for all is an exciting new prospect — especially when it's done by a developer like the ones behind Ace. Though the doors don't open until November (just in time for Basel, of course), the Freehand is taking reservations now at around $50 a night. We've heard its Art Basel schedule is firmly cemented, so it's safe to say, unlike the travelers this new joint is sure to attract, the Freehand is here to stay.
Photo: Courtesy of M18
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