Los Angeles' Ultimate Design Hotel: The LINE Hotel
I rolled up to The LINE Hotel, and immediately observed that no detail was left untouched. From the street I noticed, random room shades drawn to expose green, yellow and pink, and the LINE sign perfectly positioned next to a flawless palm tree.
It was easy to fall in love with this building without even walking inside.
But what does it really take to become the ultimate design hotel?
Perhaps a long list of collaborations with various Los Angeles artists, to ensure that no detail went untouched. As well as, The LINE Hotel's ideal location in up and coming Koreatown, that is central to everything in the greater LA area.
Oh.. and it helps that the Sydell Group had something to do with it.
Equipped with 384 rooms and 10 suites, The LINE Hotel was carefully curated by Sean Knibb. Knibb fuses together the original midcentury concrete building with modern interior design.
Although the average room was quite small, the floor to sealing windows created an illusion of increased space, along with the ultra zoomed in Kevin Hanley photograph that opened up the room nicely.
Fitted to the concrete walls was a small sitting area with blanket upholstered chairs, a minimalist desk sure to be loved by any techie, and a minibar stocked with Korean and Western goodies.
As the saying goes, it’s all in the details.
The donut menu on the pillow drew attention to ordering next morning room service, which I thoroughly enjoyed hungover on a Sunday morning. I also enjoyed the automatic curtain controls next to the bed, provided for us lazy folks who don’t want to get up to lower.. or raise.. the blackout curtains.
To help those not as familiar with the LA area is “Here” Magazine, located under a sculptured paperweight, revealing a custom-made “collection of local insights to complement a stay at The LINE Los Angeles.”
Side note, not only can you purchase the magazine, but you can purchase the paperweight on top of it.
For all the fine young men visiting The LINE, Baxter of CA provided ample toiletries, and included in every room was ultra thin condoms, if the opportunity presents itself.
Food truck guru and local chef Roy Choi’s restaurants, POT, Commissary and Cafe are on point! But nothing made me happier than chowing down French toast, eggs, sausage, and a pot of coffee during my hungover Sunday morning (Yes, I eat a lot when I’m hungover).
My breakfast was delivered in a picnic blanket, complete with a STANLEY insulated camping mug, making for a fine touch of hospitality, and one of my favorite details. Come to think of it, could I have purchased that mug too?
Similar to the guest rooms, the pool deck was perfectly designed into a tight space. Easily a place where The LINE could of lost points, given that city pools are hard to pull off, I had a comfortable and stellar afternoon listening to a lineup of local DJs and sipping on tasty mojitos.
The greenhouse poolside restaurant, Commissary, compliments the transition between daytime hangout to nighttime hotspot.
It’s easy to bypass the hotel shop for LA’s Melrose Avenue or Rodeo Drive, but Poketo is a tasteful design and lifestyle store not to be missed. Founded by husband-and-wife team, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo holds workshops from explorations in watercolor, to bookbinding and basket weaving with local experts.
Unfortunately, with all the pool party excitement over the weekend, I missed being involved in a workshop, but would welcome the opportunity to join one in the future.
A flawless set of collaborations by the Sydell Group, owner, developer and manager of The Nomad, Freehand, Saguaro and The LINE. I look forward to experiencing the crossroads between design and hospitality with their next rendition of The LINE in DC.
While you’re checking in at the front desk, look up at the tshirt dyed ceiling. And don't forget to visit the speakeasy Lock & Key behind the hotel (I forgot to.. so have a drink for me).