Searching around for a hotel in The Big Apple isn’t an easy task because there are just so many great ones, in so many great locations. Luckily, Lastminute.com saved the day with a great fly and stay deal which included five-nights at the Freehand New York Hotel.
At first glance, this hotel was an arty boutique hotel with a great vibe and when I did my research I found out that it was only renovated and reopened in January 2018. Formerly the George Washington Hotel, this building was once home to several famous writers, musicians and poets.
A new(ish) hotel with something quirky about it was exactly the kind of place we wanted to experience, so I booked us a Queen Cabin room and we arrived for our city stay the following May.
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You can probably stay anywhere in New York City and be close by to something that you want to see during the trip, which is the beauty of the city, but nothing really beats being bang in the middle of it all in Midtown Manhattan.
We found that we were no more than a 60-minute walk from any main sightseeing spot, with many of them being around just 30-minutes away. This made it really easy to hop out of bed, get ready for the day and step out onto the sidewalk in search of the next place on your route!
As we were in the Flatiron District, the famous Flatiron Building was of course our nearest sightseeing spot. From there you can also see the Empire State Building.
And if you’re on the hunt for nearby food, check out Big Daddy’s Diner, Street Taco and Pick a Bagel!
As I mentioned, we booked a Queen Cabin room as this was included as standard with the deal we found. Initially I was worried that it would be tiny (it is NYC after all!) but it really wasn’t too bad.
The room was always spotless, the shower was powerful and hot, there were fresh apples for the taking daily, and our bed was the comfiest cloud I have ever slept in. The rooms can get really hot in a city hotel during a sweltering summer, so crisp cold sheets made our jetlag-affected sleep way more enjoyable!
The windows were a bit drafty and you could hear the noise of the streets below, but this didn’t bother us too much. I actually found the sound of distant car horns really relaxing!
Depending on you budget, there are six types of room available, some of which are kitted out with bunkbeds for those with children. Our room was the cheapest one available.
Hotel facilities & amenities
Annoyingly I didn’t get any time to explore the hotel because I was way too busy out and about in the city, but to give you an idea, here’s what the Freehand New York has to offer:
- Simon & The Whale Restaurant by Gabriel Stulman
- George Washington Bar
- Studio Restaurant & Bar
- Broken Shaker Rooftop Bar
- Smile To Go Café
- Games room
We attempted to go up to the rooftop bar for views of the city on our last night but it closed early that day, so make sure you check the opening times at the start of your visit!
And if you’re into your art, you’ll find custom artwork by Bard College Artists dotted all around the hotel which you can buy if you want to.
I would absolutely recommend the Freehand New York Hotel to anyone who is going to the city and wants to be in a central location! Although we only used it as a place to recharge our batteries at night, the warm welcome, lobby atmosphere and bedroom comfort that we experienced made our stay really enjoyable.
I’ll definitely consider staying at one of the other three Freehand Hotels if I happen to visit LA, Chicago or Miami!
Click here to learn more about the Freehand New York.
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