One of my favorite cities to visit within the US is Los Angeles. I have a special bond with La La Land, because a few years ago I actually almost moved to the city of Angels after graduating college. The plan was short-lived for various reasons, but I try my hardest to visit every year. A lot of the times I’m not one to fly back to the same city but I tend to bend the rule for both LA and New York. This time, I did so with Freehand Hotels.

One of the hardest things about going to LA is picking the right accommodations. If you’ve heard the rumors, LA has the worst traffic. I, however, think I may have the solution for you:

The Freehand LA – a centrally located hostel in DTLA that connects to the 101 and highway 10. You have the access to head over to the coast or explore the city at your convenience.

I heard this from the locals and the travelers – there’s currently no place in DTLA like The Freehand Hotel. You may have read about this special hostel in other blogs of mine, perhaps during my visit to Miami Freehand. You see, this hostel/hotel is a one of a kind, since the minute you walk inside the glass doors into the lobby you feel like you’ve arrived home.

The location is remarkable, from the Rudolph’s Bar and Tea, early morning coffee runs at Café Integral, a fresh lunch at The Exchange Restaurant, to the outrages roof top bar The Broken Shaker. I’ve never seen a more hipster rooftop in my life until this one. From the hot flamingo pink beach chairs to the 360 view of DTLA. There is no place like the Freehand.

If you’re a backpacker, get ready to share rooms with fellow travelers like nothing you’ve experienced before. The decor alone takes me back to a college dorm in the 70s whilst listening to The Bee Gees in a more modern way.

For famielies, it’s perfect. Kids would love to share bunkbeds with their siblings instead of having to share the same bed. There’s enough room for everyone if you decide to accommodate in quarters. Did I mention the space? There’s so much room!

If you’re anything like me, I like to feel at home, but I also love my privacy. The Freehand carries  both private queens and king rooms. I absolutely loved my room. It had a view of the city and a very spacious living room area.  Everything decorated in wood and earthy tones. I was living in the dreamiest setting one can ask for when traveling, but also feeling like I’m not just a tourist, but a local.

There are no complaints, but only gratitude for the staff that runs The Freehand LA. I felt so welcomed right at check-in. Everyone is so diversed.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in LA to visit Disney parks, or drive the coast up to Malibu, or visit the touristy Hollywood Walk of Fame, you must start this vacation right here at The Freehand LA. It’s a place to book with a friend, for a romantic getaway for two, or even a staycation.

However, if you still want to visit just for the day, I highly recommend you take the elevator to the rooftop and have a drink over at The Broken Shaker. You’ll find this unique bar in all other Freehand hotels as well (Miami, Chicago, and New York).

I look forward to visiting another one of their locations. I had so much fun staying in this one, that I anticipate my stay in the others.

A few things to consider:

Parking is a bit pricey, but there’s a parking garage for half the price that you may want to consider. It’s only a 5 minute walk and it’s right around the corner.

Places to visit while you’re in LA:

*The best trick I can give while you’re visiting is to visit locations by section. The traffic is a nightmare, but if you head to the coast, stay on the coast. Don’t try to visit Santa Monica and then Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame on the same route. You’ll spend precious time in traffic*


If you pay the Freehand a visit, don’t forget to tag your photos with #chasingcarpediem. I love to see you recreate photos I’ve taken. I highly recommend booking through Skyscanner if you’re considering long term vacation. If you’re in a hurry book using Hotel Tonight.


*This post is sponsored by The Freehand, but all opinions and photos are mine. I’ve been staying with The Freehand as my hotel of choice for a very long time and highly recommend them for accommodations if traveling to a major city in the US.*

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