Upscale hostels that directly compete with pricier hotel options are now an established part of the tourist accommodation market, and examples such as Freehand Miami are showing how it should be done in terms of design standards. But to truly go head-to-head with the bigger operations, a hostel has got to measure up in the amenities department too, and here again Freehand is keeping the city’s hotels on their toes with the opening of full service restaurant 27.
As you can see, the Roman & Williams-designed 27 enjoys the same relaxed ethos as the hostel as a whole — in fact, in places it hardly looks like an eatery at all. Located in an old house in the hostel courtyard, 27 fosters a communal atmosphere through a salon layout, with sofas just as prevalent as dining tables over the two floors. The main downstairs dining area is equipped with tables of traditional farmhouse and picnic varieties, while upstairs it’s all about taking it easy and digesting a good feed, or sharpening the appetite with an aperitif from the cocktail list. The on-site garden helps the chefs keep things fresh, and the menu celebrates Miami’s cultural diversity and coastal geography with its selection of dishes. As for the name, you’ll find Freehand Miami at 2727 Indian Creek Drive.