Planning for a trip can be exhaustive, whether it's a staycation or vacation, it's easy to get lost in all the planning. Researching hotels, neighborhoods, and any amenities - and don't even start with the food scene and nightlife. We've gone ahead and outlined 9 reasons The Freehand Hotel is one of our top accommodation choices for the summer.
Each Freehand takes its cues from the surrounding neighborhood, with spaces that are a microcosm of the best each city has to offer. So come for the hotel but stay for all the amazing amenities. You'll thank us later.
The Hotel Itself Is Beautiful.
The yellow-stone brick building sporting a red-lettered signage welcomes you inside to explore. Formerly, the George Washington Hotel, it was once home to many storied writers, musicians and creatives (and it shows).
The colorful Broken Shaker Bar is a hot commodity, especially during the summer. A rooftop oasis with sweeping views of the city, the Broken Shaker offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and fresh bites with exotic ingredients from around the world. So, you're in pretty good hands.
Smack dab in the Flatiron District, you're exposed to some of the best of food scene, nightlife, shopping, and entertainment in NYC. Take a stroll through Madison Square Park and see the iconic Flatiron Building or get lost browsing all the endless shops.
The minute you step into The Freehand, you're transported into a carefully curated vintage lobby. You'll immediately resonate with the social culture of a hostel, the innovative design, and a community-driven atmosphere.
Home away from home.
The rooms feature comfortable bedding and all the necessities to make you feel at home. One of our favorite features are the custom-commissioned artwork by Bard College students and alumni. If you're traveling in a group, there are even rooms with bunk beds to make sure you don't get split up!
George Washington Bar
Yes, there's a bar named after the President and it's magical. Set in the hotel’s former library room, the original mahogany millwork and fireplace have been restored, with upholstered vintage furniture punctuating the atmospheric space. It’s a warm and inviting place to enjoy a sophisticated cocktail (or three).
Simon the Whale.
This neighborhood classic captures both the warmth of a home and the flair of a lifetime of a travel through an American-styled menu. For some perspective, grab a seat at the diner’s bar and watch city life fly by the wrap-around windows.
There is an entire room dedicated to vintage arcade games and board games. So, what are you still doing reading this list?
To touch upon the Bard College collab (cause it's really freaking cool), the commissioned artists created one-of-a-kind, hand-painted murals for each of the 394 guest rooms—each room unique from the next!
Book now through the end of June at any Freehand for stays through Labor Day and get a 20% room discount and $25 to spend on food and drinks during your stay.
Where: Freehand Hotel at 23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010