Freehand Los Angeles: One of a Kind Hotel Experience

DTLA's newest hotel where guest can choose between having a private room or shared room with up to 8 strangers starting at $55 per night.
Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
A look inside the Freehand Los Angeles. | Photo by Adrian Guat.
Freehand  Hotel Los Angeles

When’s the last time you crossed the intersection of Eighth and Olive? Last time I did, it was a construction zone. Sidewalks closed off, boarded fences and cranes towering overhead. There are still cranes suspended everywhere, but not as many. Fast forward to summer, that intersection is now humming with new developments and openings. The newest acquisition being the Freehand Los Angeles housed on the corner of Eighth and Olive in the historic Commercial Exchange building. Freehand Hotel Los Angeles

Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
Private boutique room. | Photo by Adrian Guat.

Freehand Hotel

The Freehand began as a hostel-type hotel in Miami, before expanding to Chicago and now landing in Los Angeles. Created by Sydell Group, Freehand LA is a 226 room hotel that offers 167 private rooms in addition to 59 shared rooms that bunk up to eight strangers, or friends and family. Whatever’s clever. The concept behind the Freehand is about capturing the essence and culture of a hostel. It’s about socializing, meeting people and having new experiences. Shared rooms are perfect for a group of friends traveling together or for families traveling with little children. All shared rooms have their own bathroom and shower enclosures. Making it easy for multiple people to use the area without getting too invasive. Shared rooms aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Looking to book a private room? Opening rates start at $229 and $55 for a bed in a shared room.

Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
Shared room with multiple bunks. | Photo by Adrian Guat.

The Exchange Restaurant

Past the lobby and up the stairs you’ll find The Exchange Restaurant which pays homage to the 12 story vintage blade sign. Led by the team behind Bar Lab and Angeleno chef Alex Chang, known for his Paladar dinner series. Full of vibrant flavors, the locally inspired dishes explore the city’s many flavors through a Latin lens. Try them out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
The Exchange Restaurant explores multi-cultural tastes and ingredients that are locally inspired. | Photo by Adrian Guat.

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea: Lobby Bar

Find it hard to make it past the lobby? No worries. I have the same problem. The interior decor and design are ridiculously captivating. However, find yourself in the lobby, then be sure to check out Rudolph’s Bar & Tea. The lobby bar is a nod to Rudolph Rosenberg who was once the owner and operator of the Commercial Exchange Building. The menu offers tea-infused cocktails and vintage spirits, alongside light bites and a full tea service. The bar offers music and social events and is available for group reservations. I recently hosted my birthday party here and think the setup and vibe were the best. Rudolph’s Bar & Tea is perfect for hosting social gatherings, meetings and birthdays. Highly recommend their Romance in Durango. If the presentation doesn’t put a smile on your face, then hopefully the spirits inside will.

Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
Rudolph’s Bar & Tea (Lobby Bar): Open Monday through Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. | Photo by Adrian Guat.

We can never have too many rooftop bars in DTLA, so prepare to add one more – Broken Shaker. Slated to open August 2017, the rooftop bar will offer city views and a garden overgrown with trees paying homage to the California hills. The bar will feature a variety of handcrafted cocktails infused with homemade elixirs, produce and fresh herbs – yum! There will also be street-food inspired snacks for those looking to get their munch on.

Find the Freehand Los Angeles at 416 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 24 Hour Front Desk & Security. For More Information, or to Book a Room Go Here. Keep Up By Following @FreehandHotels.

All Images Taken By Adrian Guat Unless States Otherwise. 

Freehand Hotel Los Angeles
Earthy elements adorn the lobby | Photo by Adrian Guat.


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