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
Great Hotel in KTown
Stayed for four nights with two kids (ages 11 and 10) while on a family vacation from Florida. Rooms are small (as all hotel rooms are in Southern California), but comfortable. Very clean, though house cleaning does come in the afternoon. Noise from the street and the nightclub can be heard at night, so you might want to bring some earplugs. We got used to it, but there's not a whole lot you can do about it.
This is the only hotel that I would consider staying in if you're there to primarily visit K-Town (which we were). KoreaTown is amazing, and all within walking distance. BCD is just down the street, as well as a Korean bakery.
The location also makes it easy to travel. The Wilshire/Normandie subway station is across the street. Google the LA Subway Metro planner to plan the subway trip to Hollywood. Or simply Uber to go to the Getty, Observatory or Zoo.
Highly recommended hotel.
I’ve stayed at this hotel several times now (due to some construction being done at my studio) and the hotel has been so accommodating, specifically Adriana at the front desk. They’ve made me feel totally at home here! The pool is rad, Alfred coffee in the lobby has tons of great morning options (gluten free, breakfast burritos etc) plus the area is central and kinda awesome. Would highly recommend booking here!
After much research trying to find a good value for money hotel, I booked the Line based on the price, location and description. It lived up to its expectations. It is located in Koreatown, an area which I was not familiar with but felt quite safe and urban, and it is quite central, so it was easy and inexpensive in an Uber to get to most other areas of LA. The hotel has a cool vibe, with trendy people but also families. Alfred Coffee in the lobby is excellent, and so is the restaurant by the pool - we only had breakfast there one morning. The pool is small and the loungers get very busy, but we managed to get a chair. We had a room on the 12th floor facing Wilshire Blvd, and it was very noisy with traffic. The layout of the room is really good, the view was great, the bed really comfy and the towels super soft, but the windows are paper thin so the traffic noise is really loud and 24/7, even that high up. It didn't worry us, but I would note recommend it if you are looking for a quiet place.
One of the amazing amenities of Los Angeles are the experience -- there are MANY! The Line is one that I would say is a must. My wife and I packed a bag and traveled 2 miles to The Line Hotel for a staycation, and it was extremely refreshing.
Amanda made our experience seamless. On arrival, we had a few pleasant treats left in our room, which acted a gateway to our wonderful evening. We enjoyed the view of our room, dined locally, and took advantage of the many local bars.
In the morning, we had fantastic coffee in the lobby and then made way back to our home not too far away -- although it felt like we spent a night on vacation. We appreciate The Line and Amanda, and will be back :-).
It's a modern and simple hotel located near Koreantown in LA. It's really centric and the service is good. Although, they are not all over you with the service, so it's good if you just want to relax and don't feel overwhelm.
The restaurant they have it's pretty good. The view of the rooms on one of the sides of LA is lovelly.