The LINE Hotel DC
What We Love
- The onsite podcast-recording studio (you can tune in from the TV in your guest room) that features local culture programming
- 3,000 artworks by area artists (90 percent are female)
- A traveling bartender who walks the halls every evening, delivering in-room cocktails
- Each of the 220 rooms channels a D.C. area townhouse
What To Know
- Even the entry-level King room is a spacious 300 square feet
- The menu from the hotel’s globally influenced Brothers & Sisters is available around the clock
- The hotel occupies the site of a previous Christian Scientists church
- Pets stay for free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Overhauled church with a buzzing restaurant scene in eclectic Adams Morgan
Judging from its vibrant Los Angeles and Austin outposts, the Line is a brand that proudly stands for showcasing a place’s more unconventional side. Which is why you won’t spy any capital city clichés, like presidential busts or Lincoln Memorial replicas here. Instead, take in a sophisticated spin on its former identity as a house of worship—the chandelier in the foyer is made from organ pipes, mahogany pews were fashioned into lobby area seating, and guest room walls are adorned with framed hymn pages and collection envelopes. Though it’s the church’s grand façade, a neoclassical domed structure (built in 1912) with a patinated copper entrance that will stop you in your tracks. That authenticity is also palpable in each of the hotel’s superstar restaurants: in addition to the aforementioned all-day dining café, there’s a supper spot devoted to bounty from the Mid-Atlantic—Potomac rockfish, Baltimore canyon lobster—led by James Beard Award-winner, Spike Gjerde; a Tokyo-inspired standing bar, or tachinomiya, with an exclusive sake collection, and a second bar that showcases D.C.’s burgeoning list of distillers and brewers, led by Corey Polyoka of Woodberry Kitchen fame.
In the Area
Located at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, the Line is set in that rare, playful portion of a city that can come off as all business. If you’ve exhausted the hotel’s many indulging options, don’t hesitate to explore Adams Morgan, a vibrant five-mile square crammed with eclectic boutiques, restaurants, and watering holes. Browse through handpicked home décor at Urban Dwell; score vintage treasures at Meeps; scarf down an extra-stuffed sandwich at Amsterdam Falafelshop; choose from over 2,600 bottles of scotches, bourbons and whiskey at Jack Rose; then dance it all off at the 20-year-old blues bar and neighborhood institution Madam’s Organ.
How to Get There
This is the kind of hotel I stay in on personal trips but I lucked out and the boss’s secretary booked us for a business trip. Awesome architectural re-use of an old church; lobby and public areas are awesome; beautiful room; service was impeccable from the front desk, who accommodated my special request. It’s a short walk to the Woodley Park metro station but Uber accessible to most parts of the city. Some decent drinking and eating establishments very close by.
Minibars are a racket, obviously. Sometimes they're something you tolerate for the convenience. When a hotel charges you for something you don't use and they don't fix it, however, that's a dealbreaker as far as I'm concerned. And that’s what happened to me at the Line last week.
There are good things about this hotel. It’s stylish and often comfortable and it has a great actual bar, which I will miss visiting regularly.
Some bad things: the climate control in the rooms is often broken; some of the gym equipment is also broken; the water on the upper floors is very low-pressure and all of it comes out noticeably warm, even from the cold tap; checkout is … not express; I once had broken glass on my floor (which, to be fair, the hotel quickly addressed and apologized for); the Nespresso machines in the rooms work only about two-thirds of the time; and the location is not great for anything except hanging out in Adams Morgan.
The unapologetic fraud is what put me over the top, though. Goodbye.
Kudos especially to the staff at the front desk: William Coissi and Zee. They could not have been nicer or more gracious or more capable.
The hotel is trendy and the rooms are nicely sized with a down to earth feel. The beds and bed linens are ever so comfortable. Even when things go wrong - like my toilet that wouldn't flush - the engineers were quick to the room and to the repair - and were friendly and efficient. I appreciate that very much.
Adams Morgan isn't DuPont Circle but it has its own vibe, and is much less touristy. Lots of ethnic restaurants. A taxi or Uber ride down to the government areas is quick and pleasant.