Hotel at a Glance: Freehand Miami
This Miami Beach hotel and hostel channels the city’s famous Art Deco aesthetic with period-perfect furnishings, a cocktail bar, and a stylish courtyard with tropical trees and plants. These feature have helped the property earn mentions from GQ and other national publications. While you’re here, you can rent a bike to explore Miami Beach on your own.
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013 and 2014
- James Beard Award–nominated bar: Sip cocktails al fresco at the Broken Shaker onsite.
- Cool off in the inviting outdoor pool, which is shaded by tropical foliage.
- Rise and shine with a complimentary continental breakfast.
- Spacious suites and guest rooms are decorated in bold primary colors and feature free WiFi.
Miami Beach, Florida: White-Sand Beaches, Glamorous Nightlife, and Cuban Cuisine
Miami Beach is a small barrier island situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, a shallow lagoon that separates the beaches from downtown Miami. People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by mid-morning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum. There’s also a handful of vibrant ethnic enclaves to explore here, and Little Havana is among the most notable. The neighborhood is lined with family-owned restaurants and Caribbean-style marketplaces, making it a great place to discover some of the country’s most delicious Cuban food, from sugary guarapo juice to pastelitos, or Cuban pastries.