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
Booked my stay at The Line to celebrate my girlfriends 30th Birthday. Reached out to the GEM team to see if they would be able to assist in making this a memorable experience for her and they far surpassed our expectations. Huge shout out to Ariel, Roxanna and Nick! We loved the exposed concrete walls in the hotel, the stunning views of the Hollywood sign from our room and brunch at The Commesary was delicious. The whole vibe and decor was awesome and we can’t wait to come back.
I’ve stayed at the LINE for years now since it opened and although I loved its convenience this hotel has diminished so steeply in customer service and cleanliness that no one who wants a carefree travel experience should waste their time at this hotel. The last time I stayed I arrived to a room with bloody sheets it took multiple requests to get them changed. And management acted like it was burden to deal with something that is deeply unhygienic and totally unacceptable. The room also smelled of deep smoke and rather than offer a change in rooms they comped a few credits and called it a day. It is not hard to keep a hotel room clean but instead this place seems to value aesthetic over any real quality or concern. So getting anything done correctly is an enormous hassle and it puts a damper on the entire place. The person who paid for my last trip was shocked at how things were conducted in terms of payment and front desk etiquette and that was when it dawned on me that something is amiss with the LINE hotel and it was time to ask that act like a real hotel and not a crash pad.
I was told when checked out to contact them and they’d made it right when I came back. That is an enormous ask given how ridiculous things had gotten, but I did. The manager M. offered me a room for 271. A hundred dollar discount the guest services manager said. Except on various sites the same rooms were retailing for 280. Further to this, when ppl spend thousands of dollars on your hotel over the years, you should know what taking care of a guest really looks like. This place doesn’t. The Line used to be awesome but I don’t need to pay 271 for bloody sheets, awful customer service, and a room that smells of old blunts. This place is to be AVOIDED.
Keep my comments short here. We traveled to Disneyland and decided to stay one night in LA to explore the city. This is just an average hotel. It is remodeled as a boutique hotel most recently but the renovation is in a budget way. It appears to be just only 3-3 1/2 start hotel.
1) There is no aircon in the lobby and elevator area the day we stayed
2) The pool party was causing noise that trouble our little kid's nap time. This is not recommended to family with kid with the floor to ceiling window glass in the room too.
3) The parking was expensive but you can find street parking easily.
4) The property was older than expected, appeared not as stylish as the pictures, the carpet was not clean and with obvious stains on it
Overall, the biggest issue I have with this hotel is the cleanness. For the price we paid, we expect a better one.
On a positive side, check-in was smooth and location is perfect
I can strongly say, I had the best experience and a lot of joy staying at this hotel, two of the lovely front desk employees, Adriana and Arlene, were just great and kind , such a great customer service from them. I wanted to thank Nick, the manager for making such a lovely environment in here. THANK YOU GUYS, I WILL BE BACK SOON
My second time here and so much better than the last. I requested and paid for a high room facing Hollywood hills and when I arrived for my 4 nights stay was upgraded again by the lovely lady at check in desk. Hence I had a room at the very top of the hotel at the furthest right and it was a dream. Seeing the 4th of July fireworks up there was insane and throughout my stay the staff were courteous polite and helpful.
The rooms are beautifully decorated, clean and compact and stylish and the bathrooms spot on. The only gripe is no gym, and a tiny pool area that gets busy and packed out early on warm days so getting a lounger by the pool can be almost impossible.
I recommend eating at Cassell's burgers 50m away from the hotel for the best burger in LA whilst you're there!
Thanks for a very memorable stay - will be back!