By the looks of this hotel, you'd have no idea it was a hostel.
Located in a hip section of downtown Los Angeles, the Freehand by Sydell Group offers a chic alternative to your typical hostel stay–for the same price. With private king rooms (and two suites), the hotel is a mix between a high-end boutique hotel and a money-smart lodging alternative for travelers on a budget.
Starting at $39/night for a bed, shared rooms have spacious and cozy bunk beds with an old-school Los Angeles vibe. With art salvaged from flea markets, vintage-inspired furniture, and green tiled bathrooms, you might feel like you’re staying in your grandparent’s basement–but in the best way possible.
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Expertly curated, instantly familiar, and Instagrammably chic, this hostel so much more than just lodging. Designed by Roman & Williams, the hotel eschews the ubiquitous minimalist trend in favor of mid-century modern furniture, restored walls and floors, warm woods, mustard and earth-toned accents, and hundreds of plants.
The bar on the main floor has a distinct SoCal vibe, with fresh takes on old-school classics. The restaurant off the lobby (The Exchange, named after the building the hotel is in: The Commercial Exchange Building) is bright, airy, colorful, plant-filled, and undeniably Californian, serving Middle Eastern-inspired food with Asian and Mexican influences and fresh ingredients.
There’s a coffee bar on the main floor serving matcha lattes and Nicaraguan roasts, and a shop called Flower Boy that sells hyper-curated and thoughtful local goods with an artsy Los Angeles bent–everything from plants and fresh cut flowers to vintage blankets, Mexican sugar skulls, and cigarette holders.