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Citytrip Freehand

    What is included?
  • Return flight
  • 3 nights
  • Return flight
  • 3 nights


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Artistic genes? Artful traits? The brand new Freehand New York hotel (open January 2018) near Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park and Bellevue South Park, exudes a wonderful vintage and artistic atmosphere, definitely your thing. Logical, if you know that this hotel used to be the base for many reputable writers and creators.

Like the brother in Chicago and the sister in Miami, this hotel has been refurbished by the design studio Roman & Williams. They managed to preserve the historic character of former George Washington, but topped it with hip sauce. A place where the modern traveler, who is young at heart, feels at home.

No uniforms in this hotel. All 395 rooms - decorated by students from the art academy of Bard College - are imaginative and feature special works of art. Add free WiFi and the unique room layout and you will soon realize the origins of its instant success.

Not only do the double rooms exist in different versions, the rooms for 3 and 4 people are nothing short of exhilarating in their particularity. Book the Three's company room. Here the third person sleeps in a bunk bed above the queen bed. Or go for the Bunk rooms, which are equipped with two bunk beds, plugs and reading lights. Ideal for an outing among friends.

Details: Cozy (17 m²) or Queen (20 m²) room with 1 queen bed (max 2 p.), Three's Company room with bunk bed (downstairs queen, upstairs 1 bed) (23 m² - max 3 p.) , Bunk room with 2 bunk beds (21 m² - max. 4 p.)

Find a quiet spot in the mezzanine, put your skills to the test in the game room or indulge in culinary delights in Simon & The Whale of Studio. Feel like letting your hair down? Head to the former library which has been transformed into the George Washington Bar. If you know you can also shop at the hotel there's only one truth left to face: Freehand New York is the ideal starting point to write your story from in The Big Apple.

  • Brand-new!
  • Super trendy location in heart of Chinatown
  • Stunning rooftop terrace with views

Location of the hotel

Artistic genes? Artful traits? The brand new Freehand New York hotel (open January 2018) near Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park and Bellevue South Park, exudes a wonderful vintage and artistic atmosphere, definitely your thing. Logical. The hotel is located in the Flatiron District, 30 km from JFK and 19 km from La Guardia Airport. The 23rd Street metro station is a block away and 3 buses stop just around the corner.

23 Lexington Ave, New York, USA
NY 10010
  • Distance to airport :
    LaGuardia: 15,2 km - JFK: 41,5 km - Newark: 25,5 km
  • Subway :
    4 min. - 350m.

Hotel Amenities

  • Check-in: 15 h - Check-out: midi
  • Super fast WiFi
  • Luggage storage
  • Simon & The Whale Restaurant by Gabriel Stulman 
  • Studio Restaurant & Bar & George Washington Bar
  • Smile to Go café
  • Games Room & fitness centre
  • Easy access to public transport systems

Room amenities

  • Aircon
  • Super fast WiFi
  • HD Smart tv
  • Argan Bath products & plush bathrobes

Bike and Discover the Hidden Spots of Central Park

Bike and Discover the Hidden Spots of Central Park

Central Park, Manhattan's extensive green lungs, is home to a multitude of gems and unfamiliar sites. Have you heard of the Belvedere Castle? The reservoir Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or the Bethesda Fountain? What if we told you we'll take you there!
Uphill, downhill, wind in your hair, you feel 'King of the World'. This is the car-free part of Manhattan, abundant with floral splendor and shaded by tall trees. The ideal spot to unwind while the guide brings the scenery to life with mind-boggling facts and juicy anecdotes.
Every Sunday at 15h (except in December, January & February)  in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide - bike rental included

Become A New Yorker

Come as a Traveller, go as a New Yorker

First Time New York 

Just arrived in the most beautiful city in the world? Then this tour is for you! The guide will take you to all the hot spots in Manhattan from Times Square to Grand Central Station.  Rendez vous at Times Square with its overwhelmingly flashy billboards. Frank Sinatra once performed here for his first time, somewhat restless and uncertain. By far the busiest intersection in New York ... lies here too, deep underground: the New York Subway. Nearly 60 million travelers pass here each year. Bryant Park, New York's most charming park, is nearby as is the impressive library (one of the favourite spots of Carrie from Sex and The City).

Gaze up and discover the impressive Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the stunning UN-building. And discover a handy trick how to orientate easily in the Big Apple. The tour ends at Grand Central Station, where the guide will introduce you to some enchanting corners and compelling anecdotes.

Tour made in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide

From Hipster to Yuppie Tour

From Hipster to Yuppie

Brooklyn & Downtown 

We meet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn's hippest neighborhood, the place to be for hipster spot from all four corners of the world, for shopaholics, hedonists and by extension anyone who loves to feel bewildered by views. This is time to leave the dizzying skyscrapers behind for now and get to know Brooklyn better. This colourful neighborhood is home to stunningly renovated warehouses, trendy as you will see, and we will take you to the nicest eco-bio shops and vintage stores. Next you can marvel at breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from the brand new Domino Park - a great place to take selfies that will make your Facebook and Instagram friends green with envy. Then we swap our vintage cowboy boots for a 3-piece suit as the ferry takes us across the East River to the yuppies of Wall Street. New York indeed has many facets and this tour shows you the best. From hipster to Yuppie in no time, you can do it all here. 
This tour is possible in both directions on different days of the week: Friday tours depart from downtown Manhattan, to see the yuppies first before spend or drown their financial profits or losses at the local hipster bars of Brooklyn ;-).

Tuesdays at 2 pm - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide

From Shopster to Mobster

From Shopster to Mobster

SOHO, Little Italy, China Town 

New York has many guises even to returning travellers or NY addicts. Visiting Empire State, lady Liberty and Ground Zero are must for all but have you shopped on Broadway? Explored Chinatown? Do you know where the first US pizza was made, why are fire escape ladders on the facades are so typical of SoHo and where the Chinese prefer to place their bets? We take you along to the most beautiful cast iron buildings and to bustling Canal Street. You will discover how and where people shop and what are the latest food trends, unveil hidden restaurants and a store entirely dedicated to rice pudding...even a courtroom where you will feel like a true gangsters. Interested?
Get ready for completely different cultures, cuisines, architectural styles and shops in SoHo, NoLita, Little Italy and Chinatown. In short, Diversity is regarded as the driving force and binding factor. It beautifies and enriches New York. Curious? Make sure you book a visit.

Thursdays at 4 pm - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide

Hop on Hop off cruise

Hop on Hop off cruise

In New York, do as New Yorkers do. Enjoy the soft ocean breeze and the stunning views during the Skyline or Twilight Cruise! This 90 minutes sail takes you past Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, underneath the bridges over the East River till the Chrysler Building and back.

HoHo All around Town 48H

New York Hop On Hop Off All Around Town 48H

With this 48h ticket you can visit the City's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops of the Downtown, Uptown Treasures & Harlem, and Brooklyn tours. 

The Downtown tour takes you to Times Square, Empire State Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Wall Street. The Uptown Treasures & Harlem tour drives along the Dakota building, Guggenheim, Frick Collection and Harlem market. The Brooklyn tour makes a loop past the Brooklyn Museum of Art & Botanic Garden, Prospect Park and offers views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bronx Tour passes the cradle of hip-hop, tap dance and break dance There is a stop at the Yankee stadium (admission not included). 

Additional benefits:

  • a  night tour
  • a 24 h. Hop on Hop off ferry ticket 
  • free admission to the NY Historical Society Museum OR Museum of the City of New York
  • A free Eat & Play bonus card

HoHo All around Town Multilingual 48H

New York Hop on Hop Off 48H. All Around Town Multilingual Tour

With this 48 h ticket you can visit the City's main hotspots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops of the Downtown, Uptown Treasures & Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx tours and enjoy some extra's. 

The Downtown tour takes you past Times Square, Empire State Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Wall Street. The Uptown Treasures & Harlem tour takes you to the Dakota building, Guggenheim, Frick Collection and Harlem market. The Brooklyn loop tour has Brooklyn Museum of Art & Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, views of brooklyn Bridge on its programme. The Bronx Tour drives past the birthplace of hip-hop, tap and break dance and pauzes at the Yankee stadium (admission not included).


Major benefits: 

  • 48 h. All around town
  • a 4h. city tour of Upper & Lower Manhattan with French, German, Spanish or Italian speaking guide

    HoHo Super New York Tour 72H

    New York HoHo 72 h. Super New York Tour

    Let New York glide by from the top row of these double deckers. It will facilitate your orientation through the different districts of New York. Just sit back and relax! Perfect after your flight!
    Want to see more? Hop off, make pictures, visit a museum, stroll along the avenues and hop back on. A guide tells you the finest and cutest details about the sights along the route. This great deal includes:

    • The Hop on Hop off All Around Tour 72 hours
    • a ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
    • Your admission to the Empire State Building OR Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    Empire State Building Observatory

    New York Empire State Building Observatory

    Empire State Building appeals to romance and imagination - just think of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks who met here in Sleepless in Seattle - and offers fabulous views. The Observatory on the 86th floor, 320 meters above street level, offers 360 ° views of the City That Never Sleeps. Bet you'll be surprised to know the skyscraper was built in 410 days, between 1930 and 1931 and still standing strong! Awesome, right?

    Top of The Rock Observation Deck

    New York Top of The Rock Observation Deck

    Rockefeller Center was built in the 1930s, the years of The Great Depression when unemployment raged. Its construction created 70,000 jobs for up to 9 years. The elevator which takes you to the 70th floor, 260m high, is an experience in itself : fast and coloured by special video effects. At the top breathtaking unobstructed 360 ° views await you. Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, East River, Brooklyn Bridge and many , many more. Popular, so pre-book your entry ticket and avoid queues!

    Guggenheim Museum

    New York Guggenheim

    The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is still one of the icons of Manhattan and provides a unique museum experience. Its unique and seemingly endless spiral staircase inside is bound to makes your head spin, as would most of the intriguing expositions here.

    Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum with Space Shuttle

    New York Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum + Space Shuttle Pavillion

    The USS Intrepid is a US Marine aircraft carrier which fought valiantly in World War II, played an important role in submarine surveillance during the Cold War and participated in rescue missions in the NASA space programme. The deck exhibits a remarkable collection of historic planes, from old crates to supersonic models. Try the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and see the world’s fastest (non-active) commercial airplane, Concorde. 

    The Museum of Modern Art

    The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

    The MoMa is 'a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration'. It features modern and contemporary art both from well-known and lesser-known artists. Imagine these masterpieces successfully assembled in a bright and modern building and you have just given an adept description of the Museum of Modern Art.

    • Free admission for 16 and under

    Operating Hours (subject to change):

    Open year-round : 12 pm - 6 pm

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    30 years of experience
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    Free cancellation until  7pm on day of booking
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