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 first visit to LA. I was in town for a business conference and wanted to stay in a hip boutique hotel; the Line didn't disappoint. It's in a great location. I loved the decor, the atmosphere and the whole feel of the hotel. The staff were very friendly. My next visit, I will be staying here again.
Fantastic place to stay .
Centrally located .
Prices are very reasonable.
City views are amazing.
Great food options in and near the property.
The beds are super comfortable.
Staff is very kind .
Front desk girls are awesome.
You must stay here....
Aesthetics and vibe of this hotel aside (you may love it or hate it; personally, I kind of liked it), the Line is a really poorly designed, built, and maintained hotel. Functionally, this is one of the most poorly designed hotels I've ever stayed in. From the signs in the elevator that show the lower floors at the top, to the metal bird hangings that jab you in back of the head if you lean too far back on the backless desk chairs, to the low bare-cornered beds that find your shins in the dark as you try to find the bathroom, to the nearly complete lack of hooks in the bathroom, this hotel screams of design that tries to be ultra-hip with a glaring disregard for utility. Maintenance is also a massive problem at the Line. We visited the pool deck on Friday afternoon to find it littered with trash and used towels. The middle elevator was out of service for the entire weekend, leaving only 2 over-used elevators (which are frequently used by non-hotel guests to go between floors 1 and 2 for the Openaire restaurant). At one point, it took us ~15 minutes to get from floor 12 down to the lobby. But, the biggest problem with this hotel, and the reason that I will likely never stay there again is the windows. We had a room south-facing room on the highest floor (12) overlooking Wilshire Blvd. Despite the high floor, this was one of the noisiest hotel rooms I’ve ever slept in. All night long, you hear sirens and cars revving their engines as they race down Wilshire. There is absolutely no sound isolation from the windows. To make things worse, there is no air isolation either. The air quality in downtown LA was really bad while we were staying there. I’m not sure if this was standard LA air quality or perhaps it was fueled by the nearby wildfires. But, at night I could smell the pollution in our room and feel it in my throat. Inspection of the windows shows that there are actually gaps in each window frame that cannot be closed. From a sound and air isolation perspective, you might as well be camping out on Wilshire Blvd. It’s really bad, and I’d encourage you to really look elsewhere to stay until the hotel does a renovation of all their windows.
All of that being said, there are some good things: cool shop (Poketo) in the lobby, great having an Alfred coffee right there as well, location in Koreatown is great if that’s your scene, and the views are pretty great. Does that make it worth it? No. Stay somewhere else until Line gets their act together.