Small, intimate and quirky, the Freehand has more character than many of its South Beach competitors. The interior is a whimsical pueblo-deco blend, dotted with vintage pieces from flea markets. Pleasant rooms—choose from shared rooms for four or eight or private rooms for two—offer tasteful touches such as writing desks; indeed, the whole place has a homely feel. Not so retro is the Broken Shaker, the hotel’s bar—which is as popular with locals as it is with guests—where handcrafted cocktails are the drinks du jour. The House, a new restaurant, bar and common area, was about to open at the time of writing—keep your eyes peeled.
2727 Indian Creek Dr
|Cross street:||between 27th and 29st Sts|
|Transport:||Bus C, G, H, L, M, S|
|Price:||Rates $29-$35 shared dorm; $185-$300 private room|