Are you an artist? If not, you can pretend to be one, and by doing so snag a darn good deal at this lava-hot new hotel. Enter the code “SOLO” on Freehand’s website to book one of its “Artist” rooms, which are tiny, though some have a queen-sized bed big enough for two. The price? Just $99 to $129 for all but a handful of days in the year. (This deal isn't promoted anywhere but on its website). What makes this offer extraordinary, beyond the rate, is how sweet the digs are here—these rooms, and the larger ones (there are quad rooms with two bunk beds that also are often on sale). They have a '70s hippie vibe—groovy murals on the wall (they’re different in each room), earth tones, a Native American-style throw in some, ceramic lamps in others. Public areas are as fun, crammed with artworks specially created by students and alumni of New York’s Bard College. This artistic leitmotif has its roots in the 90-year-old building’s past: When this was the George Washington Hotel, poet W. H. Auden crashed here, as did musician Dee Dee Ramone, painter Keith Haring, and novelist Christopher Isherwood. Even if you don’t end up staying here, come by for a meal at one of its excellent restaurants; to chill in the game room (which has a pinball machine, vintage video games, and board games); or to visit one of the scenester bars—the Tiki one on the roof or the George Washington Bar, which is a beaut, having retained the fine mahogany millwork and fireplace of the original hotel.
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Freehand New York City
23 Lexington Ave. (at 23rd Street)
Our Rating Neighborhood Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy Park Transportation Subway: 6 to 23rd Street Phone 212/475-1920 Prices $99–$129 tiny double, up to $305 for larger rooms, plus a $15/night resort fee Units 350 units Amenities 3 restaurants, 2 bars, fitness center, game room, Wi-Fi (free) Web site Freehand New York City