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The Line 4.0

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Pros

  • Located in the heart of Koreatown near shops and restaurants
  • Stylish, trendy boutique hotel with ultra modern interiors 
  • Views of Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign from rooms
  • Rooms include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, custom furnishings, modern artwork
  • Two trendy restaurants, Commissary and Pot, and a cafe, plus room service 
  • Nightclub that's a popular scene with locals
  • Outdoor pool set under glass atrium
  • Spacious fitness center with Technogym equipment
  • Linus bicycle lending service
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property

Cons

  • Some signs of wear and tear in guest bathrooms
  • Party noise from the club is hard to avoid
  • Breakfast not included in room rate
  • Reservations suggested for Commissary and Pot
  • Parking is expensive (normal for Los Angeles)

Bottom Line

Located in Los Angeles' Koreatown, The Line is an upscale design hotel with modernist interiors and a host of off-beat amenities. The scene here is young and hip, with two trendy restaurants, a cafe, and a nightclub popular with locals. There's also an outdoor pool, Linus bike lending service, and a design shop. All of the 384 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some of which reveal stunning views of the Hollywood Hills and sign. The room decor features wallpaper designed to look like exposed concrete and objets d'art, which guests can buy. The minibar is extremely well-stocked with Korean snacks. But a major downside is ambient street noise and loud nightclub. Another cool option is the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, with quirky interior design details that combine industrial chic with vintage flair. 

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Scene

Hip, young, and urban party scene 

The Line is a multi-story glass-fronted building on a busy LA street in the heart of Koreatown. Neon blinds in the large windows add splashes of color to the nondescript midcentury building, as do the painted murals on the facade. The interior decor by designer Sean Knibb could be described as industrial cool: All the walls are made of exposed concrete, creating a stark and raw modernist look. Gray sofas are provided for relaxing. Contemporary artworks and objets d'art by local artists decorate the public spaces and photography was created specially for the hotel by artist Kevin Hanley. Even the staff uniforms were individually designed for the hotel by Greg Sato and Ming Young Lee. The scene here is hip, young, and urban, and becomes a party hot spot on the weekends when locals flock to the on-site night club. The vast majority of guests who stay at The Line are couples visiting Los Angeles as leisure travelers, but many business travelers also choose to stay here on weekdays.

Location

In the heart of Koreatown

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The Line is located in the heart of Koreatown on Wilshire Boulevard, one of the major arteries in Los Angeles. Wilshire/Normandy metro station on the Purple Line is located just across the street, and several bus routes ply the area. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops in the immediate vicinity and within easy walking distance. Downtown Los Angeles is a 15-minute drive away, depending on traffic. Parking is available on-site but is expensive, as is the standard for Los Angeles.

  • 13-minute drive to LA Live
  • 13-minute drive to Los Angeles Convention Center
  • 14-minute drive to The Staples Center
  • 15-minute drive to downtown Los Angeles
  • 15-minute drive to Hollywood Bowl
  • 16-minute drive to Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 18-minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • 21-minute drive to Rodeo Drive
  • 22-minute drive to the Hollywood Sign
  • 26-minute drive to Sunset Boulevard
  • 33-minute drive to Santa Monica Beach
  • 45-minute drive to Los Angeles International Airport

Rooms

Large floor-to-ceiling windows with some scenic views of Hollywood

The best feature of the guest rooms at The Line are their large floor-to-ceiling windows and the scenic views they (mostly) provide of the Hollywood Hills. Guests can choose to lower or open the privacy or blackout shades via a remote control. The beds are strategically placed in front of the windows to make the most of the view, and large desks behind the beds also serve as headboards. The rooms' wallpaper is designed to look like exposed concrete, and there are many quirky decorative features: Painted coffee tables with geometric forms resembling piles of books, chairs upholstered in brightly colored Mexican serape, hexagonal marble tables, and contemporary-style hanging lamps. Original watercolors by Claire Oswalt and photo collages by Kevin Hanley of LA’s Acme gallery decorate the walls. All the artwork can be purchased, and the furniture can be ordered from Knibb Design. But more typical amenities are also on offer, like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, safes, and air-conditioning. Fun extras like design magazines, popular Korean and American snacks, generously stocked minibars, and iPod docking stations come standard. The bathrooms are minimalist and not quite spacious. They're decorated with white tiles, walk-in showers, gold fixtures, large gilded mirrors, and Baxter of California bath products. But some of the guest rooms are showing signs of wear and tear, like frayed carpeting, stained furniture, and old fixtures in the bathrooms. A common complaint from guests staying in the city-facing rooms is the constant sound of traffic noise, sirens, and honking horns. Also, music emanating from the on-site nightclub on club nights is difficult to avoid on weekends.

Features

Three trendy on-site restaurants, outdoor swimming pool, and a nightclub

Features at The Line cater to the mostly young and hip clientele. The two restaurants, Commissary and Pot, are popular with locals and for this reason, tables should be booked in advance. Both restaurants are under the direction of well known local chef Roi Choi who uses locally grown produce to create a menu of artisanal dishes for Commissary, which is located next to the pool. The other eatery is Pot, which serves Korean-American fusion cuisine. Room service is available until late. The Café offers a menu of international desserts, coffee, and tea. The lounge and bar serves signature cocktails created specially for the hotel. On weekends, the hotel lobby becomes a nightclub that gets packed with revelers. The outdoor swimming pool is located on the second floor, next to a game area with a ping-pong table and foosball table. The spacious fitness center is well-equipped with weight- and endurance-training equipment, Technogym treadmills, and free weights. Guests can borrow Linus bicycles, specially designed by Linus for the hotel. Other features include a business center with two computers; Poketo -- an art and design shop; Here -- a magazine created specially for the hotel; and even a TV channel. 

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Address

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90010-2301, United States

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