A fancy hostel: it's everything we never realized Miami Beach needed, and the most obvious thing in the world.
And now we're getting one! The Freehand Miami Beach is already taking reservations for the 60 rooms now under renovation at the former Indian Creek Hotel mid-Beach, where workers are bringing to life for a November opening the "seaside boathouse, lifeguard school, homemade summer camp near the ocean" style conceived by New York design firm Roman & Williams -- perhaps best known for that city's chic Ace Hotel.
Yep, it's hipster bunk bed chic, according to the first look provided above. Better book Art Basel 5 minutes ago if you're an art student reading from out of town.
While most of the Freehand's rooms will be shared by up to eight sleepers, according to the New York Times, the joint will also offer 15 private rooms along with a vegetable garden, swimming pool, ping pong, bicycles, and art classes.
But there's really no question what will excite locals most, beyond an acceptable place to stash freeloading "friends" and cousins: the rebirth of the Indian Creek means the unexpected return of beloved pop-up bar Broken Shaker, run to great but sadly temporary acclaim by the liquid wizards at Bar Lab.
Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta, the dynamic duo behind Bar Lab, told Short Order they're not only reclaiming their funky poolside space at the renovated hotel but also expanding into a nearby house to add a full-service restaurant with an upstairs lounge. Cheers to that.
CORRECTION: This article previously stated the Sydell Group owned the Ace Hotel. That is incorrect.