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Roam the World

Best described as a cross between a boutique hotel and a hostel with shared, high-end commodities including a chef’s kitchen, pool, yoga and art rooms,  library, a large serene courtyard lawn and plenty of work spaces, Roam Miami offers accommodation for guests and residents from a week to a lifetime.

Roam Miami bedroom
Roam Miami bedroom photo credit: Sherel Purcell

The property preserves the historical features from the 1920’s former Miami Inn on the River in downtown. Private rooms and over-sized bathrooms feature period piece furnishings. The comfortable quarters are stocked with high-end linens and new Tuft and Needle mattresses.

At the end of a work day the digital nomads – “Roamies” often gather in the kitchen to share a drink, a communal meal or an excursion in the city.

Roam Miami kitchen
Roam Miami kitchen photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Reasonable prices are enhanced via a Flex pre-payment plan, guaranteeing the lowest rate at all Roam properties, currently, Miami, San Francisco, London, Tokyo and Bali with more to come. Like standard hotels, prices are for the private quarters so couples are at a distinct advantage here.

Roam Miami Art Studio
Roam Miami Art Studio photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Roam  offers good suggestions for finding digital-nomad-type-work and suggestions for unloading your current or regular digs. For those who develop a taste for the communal lifestyle  with plenty of options for privacy, this setup could become a viable full-time work/housing/travel option.

Roam Miami backyard
Roam Miami backyard photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Generally, the median age is 38 and while many are truly digital nomads, artists and writers of all ages are welcome.  With new locations planned beyond Miami, Bali, London and Tokyo, the optional initial $3500.00  just might work to your advantage in terms of price and flexibility when exploring all the Roam locations.

Take a Walk on the Wynwood Side

It took one man with a vision to transform an anonymous neighborhood of one-story warehouses into Miami’s hippest outdoor art gallery.

Artists: Trek6 and ChorBoogie
Artists: Trek6 and ChorBoogie

Once a thriving garment district, Wynwood fell into neglect in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. By the late 1990’s, artists and collectors began purchasing some of Wynwood’s unused industrial buildings and converting them into studios and galleries. Real estate developer Tony Goldman conceived the Wynwood Walls in 2009. He thought that Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings would provide the perfect canvas for street artists.

Painting by Kashink, Wynwood, Miami
Artist: Kashink

Goldman would supply the buildings, paints and for visiting artists, air fare and hotel accommodations. Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch, who had expertise in street art and would serve as the project’s curator. Deitch and Goldman had previously collaborated on a project in New York City honoring the late artist, Keith Haring.

Ryan of Wynwood Mural Tours
Ryan of Wynwood Mural Tours

A fun way to see the Wynwood murals is on a guided cycle tour led by someone who really knows street art, Ryan the Wheelbarrow, of Wynwood Mural Tours. On Sundays, join him for a free one hour bike tour of the Wynwood murals, exploring some of the most influential pieces in the neighborhood. Tips are appreciated.

No bike – no problem. Citi’s Miami bike sharing program has two locations in Wynwood.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

If you’re hungry, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar located next to the Wynwood Walls, has a creative tapas style menu and in nearby Midtown, Sugarcane has a great happy hour serving inventive artisanal cocktails and tasty small plates.

Painting by Ino, Wynwood, Miami
Artist: Ino

Since its inception, over 50 artists from 16 countries have painted over 80,000 square feet of Wynwood’s walls. In a few short years Tony Goldman’s gamble paid off. Property values quadrupled and a revitalized Wynwood is now Miami visitors go to destination after South Beach.