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
I love this place. IMHO DC is super short on cool stuff and good hotels. If this gem was not in Adams Morgan it would b a 10. I suffered thru a bunch of Lyft rides to my appointments in the district. The bar, restaurant and staff are unparalleled. Definitely worth a stay. My new place in DC!
My husband and I stayed here in November 2018. I love the clean environment of our room - very comfortable, although our window looked out to a dark alley. The building is just beautiful. The bed was comfortable, but note they do not have sheets. I was confused at first, but it looks like they use a duvet instead - I had to get used to that during my 3 day stay. The room had a mini bar and fridge - unfortunately, upon our arrival many items were already missing and they tried to charge us for it when we checked out but were friendly when I told them we shared that the room wasn't stocked when we arrived. I would definitely stay here again. Their restaurants are always busy - which is a good sign. Spendy, so we didn't eat there at all.
I wouldn't recommend a coffeeshop called Tryst - it's a coffee shop around the corner. It was expensive and the the drinks weren't that great.
I stayed at this hotel for a short business trip. Did not have much time in the room outside of the a good night's rest. I do have to say, the lobby and restaurant/bar space were awe inspiring. The artwork overhead, looked like deconstructed organ shaped into a sculpture, was a great homage to what the structure was originally built for.
The room was nice, although i thought the night end table was overcrowded. Bedding was great and I had a great nights sleep. Overall this was a great experience.
The hotel is housed in a new extension built at the back of a converted church. The restaurants, several, are located in the church building and the rooms in the new building. The room doors looked old but functioned as new, the hallways had memories of the church, pews with colourful cushions to sit on, framed sayings on the walls. In the room there was a huge modern flatscreen on the wall overlooking a massive old desk acting as a dresser. The lights all were quaint but functional and had dimmers so different moods were achievable. The addition of cotton robes in our DC King room was a nice touch. Mini bar and ice from housekeeping supplemented our left over wine from Brothers and Sisters restaurant downstairs. The bed was comfortable, the sleep worked on the tv. The bedside tables were a little weird, one of them being an old bed tray. The shower was new and did the job well despite the old brass fittings. Great location in Adams Morgan which lacks hotels. Staff helpful. Almost no noise from the street despite Saturday night in what is a very noisy part of town.
This hotel is certainly "different". It's housed in a former Christian Science church and the public spaces have been designed to honor that history while bringing the hotel into the 21st century - for example, old pews are used as seating near elevators, etc. The central space you see when you enter is used as both a lobby for the hotel and as a community space. This is a nice idea but it makes for a very noisy area most of the time. It seemed to be filled with mainly young people (20s and 30s) which made us, in our late 50s, feel a little out of place. If you're looking for a standard hotel experience with a quiet lobby where you can sit and read the paper, you might want to look elsewhere.
Our room was spacious and I liked the quirky decor, which was warmer than I've found in a lot of hotel rooms recently. The furniture has been sourced from flea markets and antiques shops and looks great but creates some weird situations, like spending 5 minutes trying to figure out where the coffee cups are until you realize they're behind the mirror of the sideboard. Another irritation was the fact that so much of the printed material in the room was done in white text on a black background, which is really hard on older eyes.
The shower was very simple to operate, which was appreciated, but the light switches were a mystery. We didn't figure them out in the two days we were there - something seemed to be always on "dimmer", or we couldn't figure out how to turn one off or on. If you're going to have a setup like this it would be really helpful to have some instructions prominently available.
The other major problem we encountered was that there was some kind of mechanical /industrial equipment making loud thumping noises throughout both nights we were there. I noticed that another guest made the same comment about this room (318) in a review, so either the hotel is not able to fix this problem or it's just not a priority for them. I would strongly suggest that if you are at all affected by nighttime noises, you request that your room be far away from this area. (We were in town for a wedding and didn't have time to see about changing rooms, so we just bought some earplugs - thus I can't report on how the hotel would have addressed this problem, but I'd assume that changing rooms would have been the only solution.)
We didn't eat in any of the restaurants on site but did have a couple of drinks in the Brothers & Sisters bar, which were pricey (basically NYC prices, about $15 per drink) but delicious.
The staff we encountered were friendly and welcoming, especially in the valet parking area.
The location, in Adams-Morgan, was perfect for us because the wedding we were attending was within walking distance. It's a fun neighborhood with lots of restaurants, shops and interesting old buildings. If you're focused more on being near the Mall and other tourist sights, you might want to consider a hotel closer to that area.