The LINE Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best for Foodies
- Free WiFi
- Free Linus bikes for scooting about town
What To Know
- Break Room 86, an 80s-themed speakeasy from LA nightlife kingpins the Houston Brothers, features vintage Pac Man games, private karaoke rooms, and retro-themed cocktails
- Free yoga for hotel guests on Saturdays
- It's best to make reservations for the popular POT restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
While Downtown LA has been blossoming for years now, Koreatown is having a moment of its own just a few blocks west on Wilshire. The LINE Hotel is a clubhouse for the ‘hood’s burgeoning hip kid scene, with Roy Choi (of Kogi barbecue fame) running the food, the Houston Brothers (Harvard and Stone, Pour Vous) manning the cocktail program, and backing by the Sydell Group (the team behind the NoMad in New York City and Saguaro in Palm Springs). The look here? LA without the Hollywood. Think clean-lined midcentury meets industrial cool with some urban edge and boho touches thrown in. That translates into vintage-inspired paisley rugs under concrete walls lined in ombre sculptural elements made from folded T-shirts. Or, in the rooms, low slung chairs upholstered in Mexican serape blankets next to shelves displaying geodes, high design building blocks and other locally made objects.
Bed and Bath
Beds look directly out onto floor-to-ceiling views of the palm tree-dotted city and, in some, the Hollywood Hills. Concrete walls get warmth from lantern-like pendants and rich textures—think wool blankets, burlap poufs, marble and lacquer tables. We love fun in-room perks like design mags, iPod docking stations, Baxter of California bath products and minibars stocked with Korean snacks.
Helmed by cult-favorite chef Roy Choi, the hotel’s food program has made it as much of a draw for locals as it is for out-of-towners. Arrive early to get a table at the always-packed POT, a hip-hop fueled take on Korean hot pot (be sure to also order the kimchi fried rice). Beside the second-floor pool sits Commissary, Choi’s veggie-centric restaurant housed in a stunning glass greenhouse. In the morning you can get your caffeine fix in the lobby CaFe with a globe-trotting array of baked goods (mochi cakes, lucha leche, custard buns, Hawaiian pull-apart bread). Shop for souvenirs in the hotel’s outpost of Poketo, an expertly curated collection of locally designed jewelry, bags and home design pieces. And at night, head past a loading dock and down a back hallway for access to the uber-hip Break Room 86, an 80s themed bar with private karaoke rooms (that also have old-school Atari consoles), arcade games, DJs and live music alongside throwback cocktails like the Ecto-Cooler.
About the Area
No stay in Koreatown would be complete without a hearty dose of Korean Barbeque: Kang Hodong Baekjeong is a local staple and Dan Sung Sa is a loveable dive — you can’t go wrong with an order of chicken skewers and a tall glass of soju. When it’s time to hit the town, stay local at Beer Belly, a new American gastropub with a strong beer list, or Brass Monkey, the bustling karaoke bar that draws crowds from as far as the city’s West side. The LINE Hotel is also half a block from the Wilshire Normandie Metro stop, meaning it’s perfectly poised to explore the city’s rapidly developing public transit system: Take the Metro a few stops East and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Downtown, where you can gallery hop on Main Street, feast on papusas at Grand Central Market, or dance the night away at Honeycut.
How to Get There
I am not a regular contributor here but had to post about the great stay here courtesy of the wonderful staff at this It was a busy weekend with vocal protests in front of the hotel and after trying (and failing) to take a nap, I requested Arlene, at the front desk, for a different room and she was fantastic! Not only did she readily understand and move me to a higher floor immediately, she also generously added a bar credit to the room, which I appreciated. Amanda, the hotel's Guest Experience Manager and Arlene were awesome and shared some fun ideas for how to spend time in LA and checked in with me the next day to see how the stay was going. It was really nice to see they cared about not only our stay at the hotel but the time I spent in LA. Can't think of staying anywhere else when I am back in town!
I've been staying at The Line for years and always had a great experience, but most recently it's seemed like the staff has stepped it up a notch and been super friendly and attentive! Vaughn at the front desk rocked. I usually stay here at the middle or the end of a harrowing work trip and even though I feel like a mess I've never felt judged or unwelcome.
Very industrial chic, felt like spending the night @ the MoMA. Most clientele were young hip & self-important, devoid of manners. Staff friendly, helpful & energetic. Would stay again if the mattresses were more comfortable
We came in for my boyfriends birthday to have a weekend away from home. The hotel itself is beautiful and the room was very modern and lovely. I loved the artistic atmosphere of the hotel and the amenities were great! View from the room was gorgeous. We had dinner at openaire and it may have been the best meal of my life! The hotel is close to convenience stores and many other restaurants around in Korea town which is a great area to explore.
We had some minor issues with checking in and had to wait around 30 mins but the staff was kind and friendly and it didn’t feel too long. Overall a great stay !
I stayed at the line hotel on a Friday night and was very unimpressed. The hotel needs better windows or something as you can hear a ton of street noise, traffic, sirens, etc. This made it very difficult to sleep, so we ended up running the AC all night to drown out the noise. To make things worse, the beds are extremely uncomfortable