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In a cream-and-yellow 1936 Deco building a 15-minute-stroll north of the main South Beach action, the Indian Creek Hotel re-emerged from an $8-million 2012 overhaul as a hip, retro-flavored “hostel-plus.” Public spaces have a comfy, vintage vibe (staffers tell us the elevator is Miami Beach’s oldest), while rooms are on the IKEA side, with blond wood furnishings and cool colors accented by mod art from local artists (except for the bathrooms, still in funky, old-fashioned Deco tile); one drawback is that most lack closets. The premises are scattered with pastimes, from board games and bocce to ping-pong and an upright piano, but out back the centerpiece is the pool, surrounded by lush local vegetation and right across the brick terrace from a gourmet cocktail bar, the Broken Shaker, with light bites and tipples so terrific they made James Beard Award finalist. At press time, an adjoining building was slated to add a restaurant with market-fresh cuisine by early 2015.