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Who’s Building L.A. (June 4): Freehand LA Hotel – LOS ANGELES

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: ■ Creative “reboot” of the iconic downtown Commercial Exchange Building ■ 13-story, 226-room project ■ Vibe is a blend of ‘young and hip hostel meets trendy hotel’ ■ Street-level shops and four separate venues for dining or gathering

The Freehand LA hotel is an adaptive reuse and upgrade of LA’s historic, 116,230 square foot Commercial Exchange Building, located at 8th and Olive Streets in downtown LA.

Developed by the New York-based Sydell Group, Freehand LA is part of Sydell Group’s upscale hostel/hotel chain that caters to group, international, and youth travelers. The 13-story, 226-room Freehand LA combines the young and hip vibe of a hostel with all of the amenities of today’s trendiest hotels.

This beautiful and creative space features suites, premium hotel rooms and shared accommodations with as many as six beds that can be reserved by groups or individually. Upgraded amenities include enhanced bedding, valet and bellman service, and room service.

Freehand LA also features street level shops and four venues for dining and socializing. The building was the first in its immediate vicinity built to the maximum allowable building height. It also boasted three highspeed elevators, offices with abundant light, elegant mahogany trim and millwork, and coveted two-hour street parking in the immediate vicinity.

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