2014 Travel Awards: Best Deal
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Winner: Freehand Miami Hostel
It’s hard to believe this funky hostel in a rehabbed 1930s art deco building, a block from the 27th Street beach in South Beach, can offer such cut rates. Dorm rooms with eight single bunks and two private bathrooms start at $19, king-size rooms with private baths at $95, and both include breakfast. There’s free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool, kiteboarding ($299 for three hours), surfing ($60 per hour), and stand-up paddleboarding ($55 per hour) at the beach, and, after a night of too many mezcals at the hostel’s Broken Shaker Bar, free weekend-detox yoga across the street. Opening on-site soon: the Annex, an organic restaurant serving a rotating menu of fresh, in-season fare. thefreehand.com