Freehand Hotel in Manhattan, NYC

, March 25, 2024

Finding a cost-effective yet comfortable hotel in Manhattan isn’t easy. Even those looking for a small hotel room can struggle to find one for less than $200 south of Central Park. Fortunately the compact layouts of bedrooms at Freehand, NYC present an option, enhanced by conscientious fixtures to create spaces that are ergonomic and not diminutive. The luxury dorm rooms bunks starting at $60 per night might which frighten some, but they’re closely followed in price by small Twin rooms serving soloists and Queens for couples.

Freehand Hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District offers a unique blend of upscale accommodations and artistic ambiance without breaking the bank. The hotel combines the comfort of a boutique hotel with the creative energy of a cultural hub – a necessary pairing in New York.

Photo: Adrian Gaut

Expert work from Roman and Williams helped express the original 1928 George Washington Hotel while making space for important updates to amenities and most furnishings. Some aspects remain such as the mahogany bar in the Washington Bar, but bedrooms have been tastefully updated with solid wood finishes and textured surfaces. Art work punctuates these, commissioned locally through students and alumni of Bard College, a liberal arts college located in Upstate New York near Tivoli.

Details extend to room types themselves with solo travelers appeased – either opt for a bed in the robust dorm rooms, or grab a small Twin Room and 120 ft² (11 m²) will be all yours. Queen rooms expand the solo offering to  185 ft² (17 m²) with an additional 2m² for the Premium Queen addition. King rooms come in at 30m² while a series of other configuration cater to various configurations for three guests. Largest suites at 60 m² – floorspace to celebrate.

Training Notes

For full training notes near to the Freehand Hotel, check into Zafiri’s Manhattan City Guide.

Learn more at