Need to know
226, including private quad rooms and two suites.
Noon. Check-in, 3pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to availability.
Double rooms from $179.10, excluding tax at 15.7 per cent.
Rates are exclusive of breakfast. A pared-back, LA-style menu is served in Café Integral on weekdays and in the Exchange on weekends. Dishes include yogurt and fruits, banana-and-date buckwheat bread and eggs with za'atar (Middle Eastern herbs).
When New Yorkers want a steaming hot cup of Joe, they head to Café Integral. But a stay at Freehand Los Angeles means you only have to scoot downstairs, where the Nicaraguan-obsessed roasters have an outlet serving expert-made mochas, macchiatos and cold-brews, such as ice-chai lattes.
Much like the City of Angels, Freehand Los Angeles is a year-round destination on which the sun never sets
At the hotel
A restaurant, cafe, lobby bar and tea room, rooftop bar and swimming pool, a gym, coin-operated laundry, WiFi and valet parking. In rooms: Radio, TV, WiFi, minibar, Argan toiletries, a robe, beach bag.
Our favourite rooms
On the 13th floor, we love the Loft Suite for its open, apartment-style layout and unrivalled location. Through giant sash windows, the gleaming skyscrapers of Downtown rise, and custom-made couches line up to take in the view. Families and friends should flock to the four quad rooms, which come with built-in privacy screens, cedar bunk beds and smart ensuite bathrooms.
Located on the rooftop and surrounded by the skyscrapers of Downtown, the pool is the jewel in the Freehand’s crown. Shock-pink sunloungers and parasols tie in with the hotel’s playful theme and the adjoining Broken Shaker cocktail bar keeps you cool in the DTLA heat. Families are looked after too, with a shallow end, floats and inflatables.
No spa, but there's a fitness area with weights and running machines for the readying the Red Carpet body.
A white Trash Tee and utilitarian Down Jacket by hot LA label Everybody, started by two ex-American Apparel designers. Ladies should look to the leather minis and thick-knit jumpers of cult brand Reformation.
You can browse everything from dahlias and peonies to vintage clothing and candles at Sean Knibb’s Flowerboy Project, which has a retail space and boutique downstairs at Freehand Los Angeles, having first launched in Venice Beach in 2015.
Pets are welcome and charged at US$50 for the entire stay.The front desk can advise on local dog parks and pet-friendly restaurants. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.
Children of all ages are accepted and permitted into all public spaces – though the sociable, round-the-clock atmosphere is maybe best suited to adults. Cots are free for under 2s. Quad rooms are a fun option for families.