The latest project from the Sydell Group, which also runs the Line Hotel in Korea Town, is an offshoot of the Freehand hotel in Miami, which started as a hostel-type hotel in 2012. But Sydell Group CEO Andrew Zobler says the idea of Freehand is more about capturing the culture of a hostel—meeting people and socializing, having unexpected interactions—than it is about being one. And even though the Downtown hotel features 59 shared rooms, there’s nothing basic or hostel-like about them. All of them are designed by Roman & Williams and feature comfortable bedding, linens and en-suite bathrooms.
The hotel also features the Exchange Restaurant on the ground floor, where dishes explore LA’s multi-cultural flavors through an Israeli lens. And atop the property, poolside, there’s the James Beard nominated bar concept Broken Shaker, offering quirky, eclectic cocktails and street food inspired small bites.