Some argue a hotel stay isn’t really experiencing a destination, but with The Line Hotel, LA, I beg to differ.
Getting out of the Uber, I felt like I was about to enter a conference hall. The sterile drive in was quickly forgotton however, because as soon as the entrance doors open you’re immediately greeted with a fun, fresh young team of service people.
In the lift on the way to the highest floor, “What do you folks get up to in your spare time in LA?” I asked one of many polite porters.
In a Filipino meets African American accent, “Oh y’know, I like to go to the gym. Like work out… and drink.”
He opened our door to our mini loft-like Hollywood Hills View King room and I gasp at our floor to ceiling window, “AH! THIS VIEW!” A sweeping landscape of palm tree lined blocks parading towards the big ol’ letters of Hollywood Hills, a scene I frankly never got sick of and even moreso appreciated when the Californian setting sun disperses city lights underneath the west coast’s famed cerulean sky. The room itself was nothing short of trendy: contemporary artwork on industrial cemented walls, minimalist everything.
The large-scale 383 room hotel was made possible thanks to a collab between the Sydell Group (The Nomad Hotel New York, Freehand Miami) and Korean-American celebrity chef Roy Choi – that no-bullshit, game-changer dude raised in the streets of LA who changed the food truck scene forever. On the desk laid Here magazine, a collection of local insights to complement your stay in Koreatown. “Every person who comes here leaves a tiny bit different,” it read.
While I wasn’t quick to jump at the weekend clubbing event held in their lobby, their complimentary Saturday morning outdoor yoga class was a surprising treat. We weren’t engrossed by greenery in typical retreat fashion but we learned to find stillness within us in (and appreciate) the concrete jungle of car horns, ticking traffic lights and shouting that is Downtown LA. Talk about keepin’ it real.
Make sure you visit greenhouse Commisary for a spring fever brunch by their pool deck surrounded by citrus trees, and Pot on the ground floor for tasty as hell Korean food – hello spiced watermelon kimchi salad and BBQ spicy pork. Ahuh, it’s quite hard to leave. But that’s okay because this cool kid on the block is LA. Well, at least one characterful up and coming neighbourhood by the name of Koreatown anyway.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Uniqueness: Industrial minimalism with a splash of art, 4/5
Sense of place: A dive into Koreatown, 5/5
General vibe: Hip young things down for a good time, 5/5
Room comfort: I could stare at the view in bed all day, 5/5
Service: Friendly and incredibly efficient, 5/5
This experience was independently paid for with a room upgrade courtesy of The Line Hotel.
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The Line Hotel, Downtown, LA. Observatory Hollywood Hills View King (Upper Floor), from US$449 per night excluding taxes and fees. Other rooms US$229-479.