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 hotel is really cool and modern. Spacious rooms with full wall sized windows and a good sized bathroom.
The design elements in the room are really clever and interesting. However I wonder if the artistic element has left some standard hotel room bits wanted for example... no tea and coffee facilities in the room (but a fully stocked mini bar!, condoms, razor set, hangover pills, notebooks, paperweight, dressing gown, running top... everything but the basics!)
I was also a bit put out that there was no bin or hygiene disposal bags in the toilets. Sometimes the hot tap wouldn’t run hot either.
Great to have free access to the pool. All staff were super helpful and friendly. Bar looked cool as did the restaurant but we didn’t visit.
Area is definitely up and coming and has good metro and bus links. LA is so big you can never be near everything so this was good middle ground.
I had a lovely stay at The Line this week, thanks to Amanda O., who went out of her way to ensure that the room was perfect (so clean! and has everything you need), the view was the best I could get, and that there was a bottle of Rosé in the room after a long work trip. Thank you, Amanda!
Alfred coffee is such a treat to have downstairs, too. All around an amazing hotel :)
If I could rate 6 stars, I would! I had the best stay and am looking forward to booking again in the future. From the moment I checked in to the moment I checked out, I felt welcomed and like I was amongst friends/family. I want to especially highlight the service I received from Jeremi and JP. They went above and beyond my expectations and made my stay even more enjoyable.
The whole vibe of the hotel is beautiful. Openaire restaurant within the hotel serves fresh and delicious food and the ambiance is amazing. The room service was prompt and efficient. The rooms are so nice and the view is amazing! The complimentary bicycle service is such a nice touch as well! I honestly have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. Thank you so much for a wonderful time. I really look forward to visiting again!