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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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