"4 humans cannot share one bathroom"
Okay, I'm 59 and I stayed here on a lark visiting my daughter at U of M. Unfortunately I wound up sharing a room with 3 very inebriated 20 something Russians, two of whom spoke no English, and all of whom were well fueled by an open bottle of vodka -- which they kindly did offer to me. I wisely decided to have a few drinks at the lively bar (downstairs […] at the hostel) to numb myself to the inevitable. It might be a Russian custom to spend over 45 minutes showering, etc., in the morning after. I will be first to admit my pain was primarily self-inflicted. Checking out was the best part of my stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"good hostel but noisy"
This is the first hostel I've stayed at so I'm not sure how it compares to others. The rooms were just like the photos, clean and neat. However the room I stayed in was extremely noisy due to snoring, traffic noise, and the music played outside at the restaurant. The room was right next to the street so cars were constantly honking, revving engines, […] and speeding by. Also, there is absolutely no where to park reliably within less than a half mile. The only reliable place to park is south of the hostel down by the library. Or you can troll the tiny parking lot a block over for 20-30 minutes every night if you don't want to walk that far. The hostel was really nice and worth the money but the noise and parking were pretty terrible. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Pretty good nice spot right by the beach front staff awesome. Cool people to meet had a great time.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"This is a youth hostel, not a hotel. BEWARE"
I booked this place while on the road and didn't have time to comb through all the reviews. Saw that 4 star rating and figured I couldn't miss, right? WRONG! The minute you walk in the place smells like urine and pachouli oil. We knew the room had bunk beds and figured it was just trying to be Miami chic. Wrong. It's a bunk room for party kids or dirty […] hippies. The room itself was surprisingly clean, but the bathroom was tiny by Miami standards and door was made of slats so you could hear all the kids out in the hall. The tiny window AC could not keep up either leaving the room a steamy 78 degrees. Top that off with some mexican style panchos for blankets and I think I've really set the tone here. We immediately checked out and they wouldn't refund our first nights stay even though we booked just three hours earlier. If you're looking for a hotel to get a good nights sleep, this isn't it. At $250 a night, this isn't even a good option for kids looking to party. I'd never consider it again. South beach is full of over priced hotels but even those make this place look bad. Good luck with this place. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The chic design and beautiful communal area behind the hotel definitely put this spot in its own tier but be forewarned. It's still a hostel and there is a lot of young night noise. Granted, you'll be hard pressed to avoid any noise pollution in Miami Beach. We stayed on the ground floor on a Friday night and the live band in the lobby sounded like […] they were playing under the bed and didn't finish until around 1am. Ask for a quiet room if this option is available to you and if sleeping is necessary! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice vibe and decoration"
This place is 10 blocks from the heart of South Beach. I had to resort to it on a last minute trip as all hotels were booked and although is a hostel it gave me nice surprise. Rooms are clean and well arranged and people is very kind. A bonus is you have a multicultural crowd you can interact with.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great little hotel near south Beach.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Overall I was satisfied Freehand have a chic vibe with of flair of uncertainty due to sharing the room with strangers. But bring your own wash cloth and toiletre and money for parking. It's close to the beach and restaurants so the few it lacked was worth it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best Hostel You Will Ever Find"
Loved this hostel amazing clean comfortable rooms. Beds are great and custom fitted into bunks and private bathrooms. The only downfall i have to say the bar in hostel is amazing but over priced for a hostel bar and the rate of a night stay can be a bit higher then normal hostel rates. Other than that this is the perfect hostel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
great location, but very difficult to sleep - floodlight outside website blinked on and off all night and there was no window shade. beds top short for a tall person like me to sleep comfortably. there is public bar in the courtyard that starts open until two am and plays loud music with lots of bass. but hey, it's cheap and in south beach.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Freehand Miami staff enhanced stay at hostel"
I was initially unaware that I had booked a hostel room, but found it reminiscent of my dormitory days while going to college. All the roommates were courteous and friendly. I would definitely stay at another hostel while traveling. However, I did manage to lose a pair of socks when I left them on the bed, and housekeeping had changed my bedding. The […] friendliness of the staff, and their willingness to find them was comforting. Something I haven't found with some of the higher priced hotel chains. Thank you, Freehand Miami!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to convention center; on bus route."
It was fine.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Everything is good except for locker.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very chill and quirky"
Loved that they had a well-maintained and well-stocked kitchen with cooking appliances available for hostelers. Everyone was nice and very helpful. The only thing is I found out too late that I could have taken the bus directly from the train station or the airport to within a block of the address. Much, much cheaper that way of those on a budget. Next […] time! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A lot of walking"
The hotel was awesome, and I would have no complaints if the weather during our stay was nice enough to make the beach our main destination. Unfortunately, overcast weather meant that we walked the mile to South Beach each day. We did check out the bar at the hotel and enjoyed some tropical, herb-infused drinks one night. We stayed in a private room, […] wireless was good, bed was comfy. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cool hip hotel but very noisy"
Great cool hotel. The bar area is quite happening. Tons of people and they had a great tiki bar there. The people that I got to room with were quite affable and friendly. The rooms were very nice and clean though the faucet in one of the bathrooms (the loo) was leaking. This is only minor. Lobby was big, wifi free, and light breakfast was good. The […] homemade orange juice was fabulous. The only cons were no parking. I got there on a Sat nite and had to drive around for 45 mins before I found street parking. Secondly it's quite noisy and the music/noise didn't stop till 2 in the morning and I was trying to sleep. Overall I would recommend it though get some earplugs at nite. They're going to open a Freehand here in Chicago. Let's hope it comes with some type of parking. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
My friend and I had a wonderful stay. The hotel offers a great atmosphere with the bar, restaurant and pool area, and the staff was very courteous and helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"experience matched price"
I am a huge fan of hostels...and freehand is a great hostel experience, when u consider it is located in the center of south beach...reason for my (lower) ratings: I was in a third floor room & the elevator was broken all 3 days; I was traveling for business and coffee/ breakfast wanst avaliable til after 8 am; I brought food home the second night to […] eat in the am, and learned they lock the fridge room at 10 pm and would not open so I could access; also parking around the hostel can get tricky... if traveling for leisure I definately recommend, great location and awesome poolside bar area! I will stay again for a fun trip to s beach :) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hostel close to the beach"
Very pleasantGenuine Expedia guest review
"cheap and good"
very young, very kind, good bedsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for price and location"
First, i want to preface this by saying if you are using Google Maps to locate this place, it will send you over 20 blocks north of where it is actually located. I spent forever and a half trying to find it using Google Maps. That being said, once I did find it, I found it to be one of the best experiences in my life. I went on a very rainy and windy […] weekend, and the staff could not have been more helpful to make me feel welcomed. They provided me with an umbrella if I needed it without cost. The rooms were spacious enough if you wanted to stay in the room, but honestly why would you. The beds were comfortable, but they only provide one pillow. I'm sure they would give you another if you ask, but I didn't (bring another if you want). They provide extra towels as well if you need it, and you don't have to trade it in. Overall, a great place! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Freehand Miami is OK to spend a night"
We stayed at Freehand Miami for one night while returning from Florida Keys. Parking on the stret is free from 6pm to 8am and $1 per hour afterwards. The staff is inviting, lively atmosphere reminds of years spent at university There were no refrigerator or microwave in the roomGenuine Expedia guest review
Friendly courteous staff. Easy access to beach and shopping.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I enjoyed my stay here! I didn't expect to like it at all. I usually stay in traditional hotels and this was my first time at a hostel. The breakfast was fresh and plentiful. The staff was very courteous. The room size wasn't too cramped. The backyard/patio/ bar area was beautiful. Overall it had a very bohemian vibe and I enjoyed it! I plan to stay […] here again whenever I'm in South Beach. It was also convenient walking distance or just a short taxi ride to anywhere I needed to go. There was street/ meter parking for me vehicle just around the corner that made it very convenient for me as well! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It was overall an awesome experience I actually wish I could've stayed longer. Although I will say that one if the bathrooms was a bit dirty. That was minor, overall I liked it and would recommend it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
It was better than i was expecting. got a relaxing/great nights sleep.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Big rooms, even when being shared you'll get enough space for you,vert secure, nice simple breakfast, easy access by bus, good friendly staff and clear information! Will go back for a cheap comfy stay!Genuine Expedia guest review
"A Nice Little Nest"
If you need to camp out, but don't necessarily want to rough it this is the perfect place. You're a stone's throw from South Beach and the atmosphere is homey and reflectively comfortable. I'm not the crunchy granola, communal living type so a hostel is not what I'd choose if it was left up to me but I had to do some research in the area and I was on […] a very tight budget. I enjoyed my stay. Slept well. I could get to all my destinations with ease. Only downside was parking. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Be sure to bring good ear plugs"
There is a bar outside the rooms. They played loud music until 2 am. The staff is rude. Don't inconvenience them by asking a question..Genuine Expedia guest review
"Experience all of miami"
This is a great experience to add to the great culture Miami has to offerGenuine Expedia guest review
I was pleasantly surprised how friendly and clean this place was. I went based strictly on reviews and it paid off.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"The best pleace in Miami beach!!!"
Everything was perfect, I spend realy good time during my vacation. My room and bathroom ware clean, there is a wireless all overe the hostel including the garden and the pool out side, plug in right next to each bed and locks, wich is so comfortable. The staff ware friendly and helpful! There is awesome bar where you can get great drinks, quality cocktails […] perfectly made by professional mixologist bartender, should try! On the top you get a breakfast every morning - cofe, juice, fruits. Thank you Freehand Miami!!! Keep it cool and see you soon :) Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A nice surprise"
Even though it is a hostel I can honestly recommend the place. Besides the hostel is close to the beach and the center of Miami Beach.Genuine Expedia guest review
it's a convenience place and nice hostel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I already had stayed many hostel in the U.S. and Europe. This hostel is clean and has pool and nice lounge. I really enjoyed this hostel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Best hostel, great price"
Close to the beach, great staff, good breakfast, cool guests.Genuine Expedia guest review
This is a nice hostel to stay at for the night. It is a clean, decent place to stay with many of the important amenities.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great placeGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It was fine, friendly, good location. Breakfast was very good. The only inconvinience was that didn't have freezer in the kitchen; but the rest was Ok.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I live in Miami and sometimes i stay here because it is fun to meet new people and they have a great bar in their beautiful garden called the "broken shaker". breakfast pastries and coffee in the morning and free wifi... what else does one need to relax and get some work done?Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Good one!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Let me directly come to the pros and cons of this hotel for anyone in future making a decision on booking a room at this hotel. Cons first a) No complimentary toiletries. Get your own. b) No elevator. We had to lift our luggage to the 3rd floor. c) Each of the 4 bunk beds has a lamp/phone charging station. Only 1 worked out of the 4. d) Bathtub was […] very slow in draining out the water. e) Most important, close to impossible finding a parking spot. This hotel is on 27th street. The closest public parking can be found either on 17th street or 35th street. Be ready to walk close to a mile on either side of hotel. f) This hotel is about 2 miles from South Beach. So if you will have to shell out again to park somewhere near South Beach. Pros a) College going crowd to mingle with. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
I went to Miami alone, and just needed a place to stay for a couple of days. This hotel was good enough for that. It was one block from the beach, but about a 10 - 15 minute walk to where all the restaurants and shopping are. It doesn't have a tv or anything like that, but the bar and pool area is nice. Your roommates will change quite frequently. When […] I arrived there were 2 girls in my room for 4, when I left, there were 3 boys there. That can be a little disconcerting. Other than that, it was fine for a quick trip. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"In the context of a hostel, Freehand is close 5 s"
If you can roll with community living, Freehand is a great experience. Continental breakfast, excellent live lobby music, charming nighttime garden, good pool, clean, stimulating artsy decor, safe convenient quiet location, credible restaurant and bar, and very good value, especially for single traveler. The guests are generally young interesting international […] travelers...many quality engaged people. I am delightfully impressed. My first hostel experience has been a good one. Do note, the renovated property and operation is less than a year old, so there are yet a few kinks to work out, but be tolerant and you will enjoy this experience. For reference, note that I moved over from the luxe Miami Intercontinental (also super). My rating is slightly forward looking, but the day-to-day management that I met seems responsive and on the right path. Enjoy! I did. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
i went to the freehand for a week, i made friends people from all over the world. breakfast was ok, better if they rotate their food and variety.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"One night stay"
It is a hostel, and it is super for students or backpackers.Genuine Expedia guest review
"close to the beach"
N/AGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Awesome, everything you need."
Beach, food, shopping everything in walking distance. Great for meeting new people from all over the world. Staff were really nice and rooms were clean.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great bargain hostel near South Beach"
Quality was great and hotel is filled with a very diverse crowd. It's easy to meet people and is very close to SoBe. Rent the bike for the day!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
What a wonderful place to stay for a few days. Keep in mind if staying in the 8-person there will be noise, but that is hostel living.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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