The Line Hotel Los Angeles; at the intersection of it all
The Line Hotel is located in LA’s Koreatown and is central and convenient to the city’s various neighborhoods; Silverlake, West Hollywood DTLA et al. A mid century building where multi-culturalism and collaboration are king. Designed by Daniel Mann Johnson + Mendenhall in 1964, The Line was re-imagined by the Sydell Group (of Ace Hotel fame) with the interior design expertise of Sean Knibb; an interiors wizard who has done many a property including the private residences of Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. His style uses natural materials, organic forms, and open space to create an environment that fuses insight, intimacy, and function. The results are lofty and unique.
The hotel’s story continues along with an impressive list of both creative and design collaborations that include nightlife kings The Houston Brothers, superstar chef Roy Choi, indie vibed store Poketo, Knibb collaborator and textile designer Wook Kim, M18PR, and ACME Gallery. We will stop there but the list does go on and reads a bit like a lifestyle guest list (more on them later)
This gritty and cool (for lack of a better word) space is more worn in and up and coming than yellow brick boulevard a few neighborhoods west. The Line Hotel attracts in the know creative types who appreciate its dynamic design and style, and also realize the hotels proximity to the highest concentration of bars and restaurant, giving the area a special around the clock 24/7 vibrancy and buzz. The Houston brothers, known for their many themed and conceptual bars scattered throughout LA were tasked to set the very important party “vibe”. They pay homage to their 80’s upbringing and bring their definitive cocktail program to the hotel bar, described as a classic hotel lobby bar as found in Korea however actually in Koreatown.
Opened midway into 2014 there are 388 rooms across 12 stories all designed by Knibb with industrial decor details like raw concrete sitting alongside plus soft furnishings and textiles. Pops of colour and commissioned artwork punctuate the space and floor to ceiling windows reveal great views of the Hollywood Hills. The soft watercolours by Claire Oswalt clash against the raw materials with great affect and the photography prints produced by local legend Kevin Hanley and ACME Gallery add a further layer to the already impressive décor.
Moving on to the food! The Line Hotel’s culinary journey is driven by celebrated food rebel, chef Roy Choi, who literally did drive his food truck Koji into fame after given up silver spooned fare in preference to serving up his wildly famous Korean tacos. He is known for fusing Mexican and Korean flavors as well as being a leader in the food truck movement. An LA native who has drawn from various circumstances around his cultural upbringing also has a cookbook and part memoir detailing his life in LA and his life in food. Full of personality and authenticity there is no better chef suited to outfit the hotel with its multi-cultural dining options at POT, Commissary, Café, and Take- Out.
Food – Rap fan Choi is a mix master of culinary cultures which is polarized at The Line. His style interprets the vibe of the neighborhood through the hotel’s various dining options. POT- a hot pot restaurant and BBQ. CAFE – said to mix the delicious chaos of Tawainese bakeries, Korean underground food markets, LA’s El Salvadorian and Mexican panaderias, supermarket birthday cakes and $1 coffees by La Mill. COMMISSARY- the poolside greenhouse with plant based goodness. TAKE OUT – a fast, compact, and communal bundle of yum to be enjoyed in your room.
Room- Plush and industrial with king size beds with pillow toppers, LCD screens, free wi-fi, and Soundfeaq docking stations. The mini bar is stocked with both Korean and Western snacks.
Vibe- Progressive, inclusive, quirky, dynamic, they are just happy to be themselves! Expect a great mixing and mingling of cultures. They are so into their diverse and storied neighbourhood they even collaborated with Australia’s Xtra Shiny to produce a magazine. Known for their local publications Xtra shiny knows how to combine neighbourhood journalism with the corner store story, this is a perfect link up to tell The Line’s story.
Fun – Take on the night in the latest themed bar by The Houston twins. Break Room 86 is an ode to the 80’s lounge with a quintessential playlist, and live music and DJ’s. There are also karaoke suites for groups of 10-20 to unearth their inner divas. Take a Linus Bikes out for a spin, another great collaboration with bespoke area maps to add an exploratory feel to your stay. Plus there is a pool and 24 hour gym.
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