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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This was my second time at The Line for a great weekend in warmer weather than when I previously visited in December. Unpretentious pool vibes, great restaurant (first time trying the OpenAire restaurant on the 2nd floor and had some wonderful pasta). A+ service from Ariel in helping to arrange food and festivities while we were there. I will definitely continue to stay at The Line anytime I'm back in LA for work or fun!
I had a wonderful stay at The Line hotel.
The service was wonderful and on a very personal level. The food was delicious. I spend a lot of time at the pool, great service! This will be my go-to hotel in LA. Thank you
I'm part on personal business and exploring a bit.
Boy guys thanks for taking care of me and making feel special. Really places like you are almost non-existent. And how many of us can check in early. That's customer service in my book. I like how locals flow here too. The one problem is WiFi that gets bogged down from Alfred's coffee shop. Maybe split it up.
Love the rooms and views which are entirely different than DTLA. You forget how many trees and Palm trees there are in LA. Really comfortable here Sydell Group. I like your style.
The Sunday brunch is a scene with diversity on the menu. It's so refreshing to not feel like I'm in a segrated neighbor. This is how the USA should look like. I realize this is Koreatown but I'd rather have this diversity than Korea specialization. But My feeling is Koreans are sharp people and progressive. I love your multi-culture here.
Sorry career moves and we're surrounded by white plastic people that look the same.
I can't get over how beautiful some of these people are without Botox . A young sitting next to me was so modern classically stunning I was in awe and had to tell her so. Well spoken and meeting dad & bro that's in town. The big point here is all walks of life live & come here.
I did the ALA carte brunch and had a salmon eggs Benedict. I would have loved the cart plus entree but since I didn't have a reservation I had to sit at the bar. Sounded too complicated to have that experience. Looks great and the bottomless champagne for $55 is reasonable in my opinion .
So, we'll be back for the full blown brunch. And of course a stay that caters their customer.
Sydell I learned about from stay at their Freehand and Nomad property that's why I was willing to try your Koreatown property. Oddly, the Nomad is the priciest and we like the Freehand & Line better. Nomad is very nice though
I hear we should thank Israeli & Columbian owners?
Sometimes a good hotel is undermined by thinking it is a great hotel.
The bottom line with The LINE is that everything is too expensive. While any hotel will nickel and dime you, our wedding block charges added up to be far more than we expected (and that we would have received at similar hotels in LA).
Parking is $45 a night. Delivering welcome bags to guests was $5 a bag. A thermos of coffee was $18. The only hotel restaurant offers faux gourmet fare at $35 a plate and the lobby coffee shop is an outpost of one of the most expensive chains in the city.
And despite the additional costs, you never really feel like you are getting any additional value. The staff never particularly goes above and beyond the call of duty. The rooms are fine. Though our suite was spacious, there was nothing about the decor, the furniture, or the other amenities to write home about.
While there is a distinctly hip vibe to the LINE that our guests enjoyed, you leave your experience at the LINE feeling like you would have been better served saying at a more traditional, more boring high-end hotel that knows how to offer value for their hefty price tag. Stay at a Hilton and leave the LINE for those who are willing to trade coolness and cache for value and hospitality.
AND PLEASE SIGN YOUR CONTRACT WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES AT UNITE HERE. THEY DESERVE BETTER. The 7AM protests on Saturday morning was not the ideal way for our guests to prep. for the wedding, and after looking into the contract negotiations, it seems The LINE's parent company is completely at fault for the impasse.
Sharing 2 things that would have prevented me from booking if I’d known them in advance: 1) the room had several sources of ambient light, including a blinking router strapped to the ceiling that gets reflected by the white paint, and 2) the windows don’t block any noise on a very busy street—sirens all night, followed by a very intense 7am Saturday morning drum circle on the courtyard below the hotel.