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Freehand Los Angeles

416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Freehand Los Angeles

Why we love it: Luxury, amusement, and accessibility come together in this multifaceted property

The Highlights:
- A range of room types from bunks to suites at multiple price points
- Broken Shaker rooftop lounge brings a dose of Miami to DTLA
- A welcoming lobby that encourages conversation 

The Review:
Miami comes to Los Angeles in this Sydell Group hotel that took over the historic Commercial Exchange building in the center of downtown. Although it has deluxe amenities like a doorman and room service, Freehand LA has a range of room types, with 167 private accommodations and 59 shared rooms with four, six, or eight bunk beds. The hotel deftly manages to combine the social culture of a hostel with innovative design by Roman + Williams, exceptional food and drinks, and stellar communal spaces that encourage meeting locals and travelers alike. Public spaces include a lobby area outfitted with handcrafted furnishings, vibrant tapestries, earthy decorative elements and murals by local artists; a lobby bar serving tea-infused cocktails and light bites; grab-and-go coffee by Café Integral; a wood and plant-filled restaurant; and a rooftop pool, which is home to the award-winning Broken Shaker lounge. Providing more greenery off the lobby is a floral-filled concept store by Venice’s Flowerboy Project.

Guest rooms are outfitted with colorful woven textiles and accents like custom light fixtures and upholstery, and painted tileworks—shared bunk rooms enjoy the same classy design. A mural by LA art collective CYRCLE adorns the building’s lightwell and can be seen from many rooms, and amenities including toiletries by Argan, bathrobes, slippers, and a minibar stocked with local snacks and gifts.