The latest crop of designer hostels
New York-based boutique hotel owner, Sydell Group, recently opened Freehand Miami more than a thousand miles from the company’s first venture in The Big Apple. Bringing a cooler, edgier look to the Miami neighbourhood, the upscale hostel is much more New York than gaudy South Beach. Set in a 1930s art deco building, the Freehand Miami’s internal areas are a delightful mishmash of handcrafted interiors and colourful spaces envisaged by Robin & Williams, which designed the luxurious Ace Hotel New York. There’s also custom pieces for the guest rooms and public spaces designed by local artists such as Sky Farrell, known for her low-fi collages, and Justin H Long, inspired by maritime. The hostel comprises 252 beds divided among 63 rooms including both private and shared accommodations. A swim- ming pool, a vegetable garden and even art classes are on offer.