Walking the Line Between Inspiration & Reality: The Line Hotel

You wake up in your room at The Line in Koreatown and for a moment you forget it’s not an artist loft. The functionality and simplicity of Midcentury industrial design and architecture turn you on, and you already know that this building dates back to 1964 but feels perfectly tomorrow, thanks to designer, Sean Knibb and his minimalist concrete interiors. And yes, that huge "PEACE" mural is by famed street artist, Shepard Fairey.

Apartment Suite at The Line
Apartment Suite | Photo courtesy of The Line

Stay in an Apartment Suite and enjoy 1,200 square feet of modern living - media hub, original artwork, Nespresso machine, and a fully stocked minibar with Korean and Western snacks.

The Cafe at The Line
The Cafe | Photo courtesy of The Line

You can travel around the world without even leaving the hotel, starting bright and early at the lobby Cafe. Sample the "delicious chaos" of Taiwanese bakeries, Korean underground markets and Mexican panaderias all in one spot.

Surrounded by neon and Korean signs, thoughts of Seoul fill your mental vision board, but there’s always something special about L.A. — you can’t help dreaming big here, looking out the wall of windows facing the Hollywood Sign. This is L.A., but you don’t need a car to get around, so you’ve signed up for one of the 25 Linus bicycles that guests can ride around town. For longer trips, the Wilshire/Normandie station on the Metro Purple Line is right across the street — thank you and hello, Metro Day Pass.

 

 

Poketo store at The Line Hotel
Poketo store at The Line Hotel | Photo courtesy of Poketo

At Poketo, browse a curated collection of exclusive housewares, men and women’s clothing, leather items, stationery, books and jewelry created by more than 200 international artists. Learn something new at their workshops, which range from design are to food, social media, business and technology. 

Commissary at The Line
Commissary | Photo courtesy of The Line

You’re in the heart of one of L.A.’s great culinary neighborhoods, but you don’t have to leave the hotel to experience great food. K-town Fried Chicken from The Line's rooftop greenhouse restaurant, COMMISSARY is your everything.

Cocktails are best enjoyed by the pool—one Strawberry Fields, coming right up.

Galbi at Park's BBQ
Galbi at Park's BBQ | Photo by Joshua Lurie

There are Korean BBQ places everywhere, or a short walk takes you to Here’s Looking At You, one of the best new restaurants in the city. If you’re in a Rat Pack mood, Taylor’s Steakhouse is a classic retro spot.

Break Room 86
Photo by DYLAN + JENI, courtesy of Break Room 86

Later that night, it’s a dream come true – you’re singing on stage with a live band at Breakroom 86, an 80s-themed bar hidden inside The Line, featuring VHS karaoke menus and a DJ booth fashioned from boomboxes.

Music is life, so you’ve got to go a concert at The Wiltern, an Art Deco landmark that’s just a few blocks away — Grimes, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, Blood Orange, Peter Bjorn and John. After the show, have a nightcap at the Normandie Club or step into a Mad Men bar at HMS Bounty.

Music, food, art, design and inspiration, 24/7 — this is Koreatown, this is Los Angeles, and you’re living the dream at The Line

The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.381.7411
www.thelinehotel.com