Freehand Los Angeles
What We Love
- Freehand’s hip and easygoing vibe
- Delicious tea-infused cocktails at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea served in vintage glasses
- The lushly landscaped rooftop pool, where you can order bites inspired by L.A.’s street food and seasonal drinks prepared by expert mixologists
What To Know
- Shared rooms, which can accommodate up to eight guests, have private bathrooms
- Valet parking is available for an extra fee per day, but there’s also public parking nearby
- Children are welcome, but the hotel is more suitable for adults, especially the young and young at heart
- Dogs of any size allowed at no additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Laid-back base in Downtown L.A. that promotes mingling with a series of inviting common areas
Originally built in 1924 by architects Walker & Eisen, L.A.’s Freehand boasts unique architectural details like owl-shaped tile work from the 1930s. (The Owl Drug Company was an occupant of the space, which was formerly known as the Commercial Exchange Building). Design firm Roman and Williams took full advantage of these quirky elements, pushing the theme even further by placing a collection of ceramic owls in the lobby bar Rudolph’s Bar & Tea. Freehand’s properties draw inspiration from the down-to-earth communal atmosphere of hostels, without sacrificing comfort or style. You’ll find this chic, social vibe throughout the property, including reception, which is outfitted with shingled sofas, custom wooden lights, and a hodgepodge of green plants all in reference to both the Arts and Crafts Movement and California’s desert environs. The main restaurant, run by the hospitality whiz kids at Bar Lab, is covered in a palette of intense teal and coral combined with auburn wooden panels. Broken Shaker, the award-winning cocktail bar located on the rooftop pool deck, offers expansive city views in an earthy setting of overgrown plants and flowers reminiscent of the California hills. And of the 226 rooms, decorated with sturdy cedar beds and woven wall art, 59 are shared—an ideal option for friend groups or solo travelers seeking affordable accommodations.
In the Area
Downtown Los Angeles was once an unremarkable area of nearly abandoned Art Deco office towers. But thanks to new city regulations, the neighborhood began to evolve into what it is today: a colorful hub of food and culture. Noteworthy restaurants include Bottega Louie, a glamorous light-filled space that’s famous for its well-executed Italian classics and house-made pastries, and Otium, a nouveau American spot run by former French Laundry chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Then there’s art—plenty of it—seen in small galleries and artists’ studios as well as institutions like The Broad, a contemporary art museum showcasing works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha inside a stunningly modern building designed by master architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
How to Get There
This place has a great vibe. I arrived late and was hoping for drink and a snack. Bartender was somewhat friendly. It wasn’t quite 10:00 but I wasn’t able to get anything to eat...very disappointing after a long day of travel.
Their lobby/bar area draws people in naturally.
The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was nice and loved the tile in the bathroom.
Their rooftop pool and bar is a wonderful getaway!
Location is great with lots of great places to see, eat and drink.
On a recent business trip to LA i was very pleasantly surprised by the Freehand. Everything was cute and clean- its really one of my favorite spots I've stayed at this year for work and thats saying a lot. So it was a major bummer when I woke up the next morning at 7am the next two mornings in a row to realize that there was a VERY LOUD PROTEST directly outside because this place is not allowing its workers to unionize in order to get their rights to fair wages, benefits, etc. I chatted with the organizers- and it doesn't sound like they're going anywhere- and its not really cute to be sitting in the lobby while the laborers who make the place what it is are having to march and chant for their basic rights right outside the window- so if you want your customers to come back, and be able to sleep past 7- i highly recommend this place straighten things out with the union!
Stayed in a share room with 4 bunk beds, each bunk makes you feel like you have your own space although the room is very small, not enough room to have your suitcase laying down open. Breakfast is continental and quite simple.
Nice area with whole foods very close!
Love the Freehand hotels! I have to say hotel staff and location are amazing, but the part of my stay was being able to go up to the pool and having an unbelievable view of the skyline. The view alone is worth a stay!
More than pleasantly surprised with this boutique hotel that used to be the old Commercial Exchange Building built in 1924. Not your average hotel . . . clean, comfortable room, good bed, great shower head . . . minimalist decor and historically preserved architecture. Affordable parking around the corner and a Whole Foods within a stones throw. Our only complaint would be that we had a lot of noise until about 1:30 am from the street and the bar downstairs especially when the patrons were leaving but after 2 am it was quiet and was great! Would suggest a room on a higher floor, we were on the 2nd.