Lauren O'Keefe

Freehand LA

with Lauren O'Keefe
  • Where:Los Angeles, California

  • Why:With 80 degree weather in LA during November, how could you not plan a getaway?

  • When:November 2017

  • Who:Me and my two soul mates…one human, one furry and four-legged.  

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Highs & Lows

  • The service was top notch! Incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff turned a budget friendly stay into a memorable boutique experience.

  • Between the hip coffee shop, adorable boutique store, rooftop pool bar with unique cocktails and eats, tea and coffee infused cocktails in the lobby bar, and an incredibly delicious Israeli fusion restaurant by chef Alex Chang, it’s hard to find a reason to leave the property. It truly is an oasis in the middle of DTLA.

  • The guest rooms are incredibly comfortable. Spacious with cozy design touches, a great selection of reading material, Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite tunes, and killer room service.

  • They are dog friendly! And with a one-time fee of $50 for your entire stay, you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home!

  • Though the woodsy interiors, artistic décor, and lush plant vibes may have you believing you’re in some remote exotic location, you might experience a rude awakening (literally) when it comes to the bustling street noise at night. If you’re a light sleeper, like me, I recommend requesting a higher floor room and perhaps bringing some earplugs.

  • If you’re planning to park your car overnight, keep in mind that your overall cost for your stay will now be increased by $44 a night for valet parking. Not great for your wallet but you are in Downtown LA after all.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hotel & Hostel

  • Vibe

    A melding of cultural design elements. Think tiki room meets mountain retreat.

  • Location

    Right in the heart of Downtown LA

  • Rooms

    212 with a mix of private rooms, suites, and shared rooms.

  • Music

    Vibey and nostalgic.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Roman and Williams

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, plus yoga classes.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, multiple.

  • Bar

    Yes, multiple.

  • Minibar

    Everything from assorted nuts to classic sweets like Kit Kat and M&Ms. The mini bar also offers essentials such as sunscreen and chapstick from my favorite all-natural brand, Sun Bum!

  • Wifi

    Yes, free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property.

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Hip and Affordable

Freehand LA

Freehand Los Angeles, West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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