The next part of my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me to the city that I called home for 10 years, Los Angeles, California .
I left LA in 2006, and this was the first time that I had been back since then.
(Ironically, I moved to Las Vegas after that.)
When I lived in town, I rarely went downtown .
The only time I got to what is now known DTLA or Downtown Los Angeles, was to go to, where else , Staples Center to see a Kings hockey game, and as I was a freelance hockey writer , to interview opposing hockey players .
This time, I looked on line and saw a place called The Freehand Hotel and Hostel .
If it sounds familiar , that’s because they have branches in New York City , Miami and Chicago .
I haven’t been to any of the others, but if they’re anything like the one in Los Angeles , I’m going to be staying there too, except for the New York City one.
This hostel looks NOTHING like a hostel.
It’s located in a former commercial building and you can see that as you go up to your room.
Even though it wasn’t that warm, they have a rooftop pool
The lobby here at the Freehand reminds me of the lobby of the Hostelling International in Boston , very spacious , and could be a living room in someone’s house .
It’s that big and spacious.
The hostel is very convenient to get to by public transportation if you are at Union Station.
(Yes, they have trains in Los Angeles and they’re very clean, but more about them in another post.)
You can also take a cab or Uber or Lyft to get there as well.
There’s restaurants in the place as well as a store .
How are the rooms?
Sorry,not sorry, my bed at home should be as comfy.
The beds have lighting , very good lighting at that , outlets, and padding so that you either don’t roll over or can store things on.
(My stuffed animals had a spot on the bed for themselves , don’t judge me , okay ? )
What I liked about this hostel , among other things , was not only how professional the staff was from the moment that I checked in, but you needed your key to get everywhere, even the lounge for eating,relaxing and to get to the laundry room .
In every room,there were lockers but not your average metal lockers thay you see in most hostels.
These lockers were made of wood.
Wow how classy is this place?!
You pay much more than you would for a regular type hostel, but hey, I’m from New York City , EVERYTHING is expensive , so I don’t mind paying a little bit more for great service and a great stay, which is exactly what I received at the Freehand Los Angeles .
You better believe , God willing , my next stay in the City of Angels is gonna be here.
Thank you, Freehand Los Angeles , ya did good!