With its multitude of sprawling neighbourhoods and something new to experience in each one, a stay in LA is sure to be different every time you go. So, on a recent trip, I was keen to stay in an area that I hadn’t before. Having previously ticked off Hollywood, West Hollywood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica, this time I opted for Koreatown. My accommodation of choice was The LINE Hotel.
A high population of Korean immigrants in the 60s has made the neighbourhood what it is today (hence the name), and it’s an area brimming with great food and nightlife. The LINE Hotel is a natural fit here; a seamless blend of that cool Los Angeles vibe, and Koreatown charm.
The LINE Hotel
Standing tall on Wilshire Boulevard, The LINE Hotel is a buzzing and edgy place. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and service is stellar from the moment you enter. Sculptures and large-scale artworks adorn the lobby and tasteful furniture is found throughout. The hotel is less than five years old and was crafted at the hands of the inimitable Sydell Group, who have a knack for creating beautiful design hotels with a twist, and The LINE is no different.
With raw concrete walls and a muted colour palette, occasionally punctured with bright orange lampshades and cushions, the theme of the rooms is industrial yet warm. There’s a range of room choices of varying sizes available. I opted for the Observatory Hollywood Hills View King. Located on one of the upper floors of the 12-story building, it had an amazing, unobstructed view out toward the Hollywood Hills. The city looked mesmerising from the huge floor to ceiling window. Thankfully, a block-out blind on the window, controlled from the bedside, plunged the room into a comfortable darkness that allowed me to catch up on some much-needed sleep after the flight too.
Though compact, the room comfortably fits a king size bed and a big desk at the bedhead. The concrete walls play host to a TV and artworks by local artists. Afternoons were spent lounging on the bed, winding down from a day of exploring the city by streaming shows on the TV and enjoying the view, before heading back out for dinner and drinks.
Food & Drinks
At The LINE Hotel, you don’t have to go far for an alluring dining experience. Celebrity chef Roy Choi is responsible for the menu at the Commissary. Infusing his signature style of Korean meets Mexican, the offering is a perfect reflection of the Koreatown vibe.
Visually, the Commissary is a plant-filled oasis by the hotel pool. When you’re done Instagramming every corner of the place, sit down for an indulgent breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The weekend means brunch buffet, and the choices are extensive and delicious.
Pot Cafe on the ground floor was my first stop for coffee every morning. It’s also great if you want to just grab something quick for breakfast on your way out of the hotel. If you’re not up to the task of leaving your room for a meal, you can have something delivered directly to you with a quick phone call downstairs. Too easy.
The LINE Hotel does not disappoint when it comes to drinks either. My evenings usually began at the Pot Lobby Bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. With a classic hotel lobby bar feel, this was an awesome spot to enjoy a drink and people watch.
Break Room 86 is the ultimate throwback to mid-80s revelry. It’s a bar/club where late-night cocktails abound and lead the way to later-night karaoke and dancing. A total departure from the industrial aesthetic of the rest of the hotel, Break Room 86 is all dimmed lighting, record-lined walls, and even a Space Invader themed arcade area.
In addition to the stellar dining and drinking options within the hotel, Koreatown itself is bustling with restaurants and bars that offer amazing food and an awesome vibe too.
The Wrap-Up – The LINE Hotel Review
Capping off The LINE Hotel experience is valet parking, complimentary Linus bike rental and custom ride maps, Ktown Run Club (lobby meet-up every Saturday at 10:30 am), a swimming pool, and even a lifestyle boutique called Poketo. It’s a stellar place to stay in LA, offering guests an undeniably cool vibe, top-notch service, and excellent food and drinks, all in a central location that’s perfect for exploring many different parts of the city.