Lauren O'Keefe

Freehand LA

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  • 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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Freehand LA If you geek out on good coffee, you’ve come to the right place. 
Café Integral is located in the hotel lobby meaning that you’re never far from your next coffee fix.

If you geek out on good coffee, you’ve come to the right place.
Café Integral is located in the hotel lobby meaning that you’re never far from your next coffee fix.

Freehand LA How can you not love a hotel that allows you to adventure with your favorite travel companion? Brooklyn the Pomeranian was very impressed with her temporary digs.

How can you not love a hotel that allows you to adventure with your favorite travel companion? Brooklyn the Pomeranian was very impressed with her temporary digs.

Freehand LA A lush oasis right in the midst of the concrete jungle of LA. With sunny days year around, a pool is necessary for the perfect stay.

A lush oasis right in the midst of the concrete jungle of LA. With sunny days year around, a pool is necessary for the perfect stay.

Freehand LA Freehand LA swag on point, offering the perfect carry-all for those vacation necessities.

Freehand LA swag on point, offering the perfect carry-all for those vacation necessities.

Freehand LA You’re never too old for pool floaties.

You’re never too old for pool floaties.

Freehand LA This rooftop has everything. Sunshine, views, and a brilliant menu of food and cocktails by Broken Shaker.

This rooftop has everything. Sunshine, views, and a brilliant menu of food and cocktails by Broken Shaker.

Freehand LA The perfect mix of décor from desert plant babies to vintage art and vessels.

The perfect mix of décor from desert plant babies to vintage art and vessels.

Freehand LA The best sunset views in all of Los Angeles.

The best sunset views in all of Los Angeles.

Freehand LA There’s nothing better than cozy room service with healthy eats and a menu everyone will love.

There’s nothing better than cozy room service with healthy eats and a menu everyone will love.

Freehand LA The Exchange Restaurant blends cultural flavors through an Israeli lens creating an inventive menu by Chef Alex Chang.

The Exchange Restaurant blends cultural flavors through an Israeli lens creating an inventive menu by Chef Alex Chang.

Freehand LA Room with a view and an authentic city vibe to cap off an enchanted evening.

Room with a view and an authentic city vibe to cap off an enchanted evening.

Freehand LA

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

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  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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

    2017

  • Designed By

    Roman and Williams

  • Health & Wellness

    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!

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Hip and Affordable

  • Website

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