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 stayed with a friend for the Frieze Art Fair. Our room was on the 3rd floor, facing Wilshire. It was very noisy at night - bass from downstairs and chatting from the terrace. And yet, no double glazing. The beds and pillows were fine, the shower was strong. Room service took an incredible amount of time for a bottle of wine (just go down to the bar if you can - way quicker). Alfred is ok for breakfast, and the lobby bar has friendly but slow service. This hotel could be so much more, but we’d stay elsewhere in future.
Just got back from LA, stayed at the Line for 5nights.
the rooms are great, the only downside: unfortunately we did not have a room facing the hills but Wilshire blvd and it was very noisy at night. We loved the shower and the huge gold mirror in the bathroom.
upon arriving, everybody was accommodating. JP checked us in and was very helpful each time we had questions. There were some protests going on, that woke us up very early on top of the jetlag :(, it wasn't the hotel's fault but they apologized to us right away and gave us credit we could use at Openaire for breakfast which was DELICIOUS and it's soooo pretty up there! really worth a visit even if you don't stay at the hotel.
in the evening, there was a DJ at the hotel lobby. we danced and had amazing cocktails without having to go to a club. the DJ played great tunes, we regret not going down there every night.
i'm kicking myself because i forgot the name of one of the valet (?)guys who stood by the door (tall blonde one) who was also, just like JP very helpful during our stay.
i will definitely be staying at the Line next time we are in LA and will recommend to everyone!
I visited The Line Hotel in Koreatown area several times and the customer service I received in the bar section was excellent. I ordered the Harissa Spiced Chicken Wings and Cuban Sliders. Both items were seasoned to perfection. Deborah took my order and was extremely professional her customer skills were top notch. On a scale of 1-10 I will give her a high 10!
I will revisit again soon.
might be nice for people who usually stay in hostels, because this is really what this is. The street crossing below is unbearable , the noise the noise the noise. I could really only stay in a room to the back. The pool terrace is also noisy, so one has to try to get a room as far away as possible. Parking is way too expensive and takes way too long until the valet turns up with the car. The rooms are way too small. There is no proper breakfast available, only snack food from a counter with a very hip person behind it, and yes it is overpriced for what you get. The neighborhood is not very nice, difficult to find breakfast spot near by. I will never stay in this Hotel again. I really did not like it.
I was at The Line for 8 days for work and it felt like a hotel that was not meeting its potential. I know the hotel can’t control the protests outside, but it was super annoying to wake up at 6:45 AM after getting barely any sleep on the group of springs that was my mattress. The valet employees were very kind and I had an easy checkout process. I would go back if I had to but would not be my first choice.