It’s not often we write about accomodation on this site, but Freehand Miami looks like a unique – and well-designed – traveler experience as the first high-end hostel brand in the US, with interiors by acclaimed designers Roman & Williams. Let’s be honest, not everyone can afford to whirlwind through cities, staying in 5-star hotels with complimentary butler service in every room. And furthermore, it’s often a better traveling experience to keep things low-key and communal. That’s where Freehand seem to have hit the mark,  striking the correct balance between budget and attention to detail.

A reinvention of the historic Indian Creek hotel, one of Miami’s classic 1930s Art Deco buildings, Freehand Miami is located a block from the beach. The property features both private and shared accommodations in a variety of room types with handcrafted interiors, as well as a swimming pool and lush center courtyard, and a curated selection of activities/events. Local food & beverage is by Bar Lab, who have permanently opened specialty cocktail bar Broken Shaker at the hotel (voted Miami’s best pop-up cocktail lounge earlier this year), with a restaurant to follow early this year. Both will feature drinks and dishes using fresh produce and herbs from Freehand’s garden. Design duo Timo Weiland designed the staff uniforms, and artists including Sky Farrell, Curtis Kulig, and Justin Long produced custom pieces for the property. Freehand is owned by Sydell Group (The NoMad Hotel, The Saguaro hotels, etc.) who will continue to introduce the Freehand concept to other cities across the US, incorporating innovative design and a comfortable community atmosphere at an affordable price. If you’re interested in finding out more, head over here.

Photography: Adrian Gaut