Los Angeles Life at The Line Hotel, Downtown LA
We arrived into LAX mid afternoon on a Saturday mid August. With no hotel booked, or any particular idea of where we wanted to stay that night, we hopped on our hotel apps whilst waiting for our luggage to be unloaded from the plane. We have two requirements when we do this, we want a great dinner, and a good looking hotel. Old or new, we want to be shown something we haven’t experienced before.
I’d had the Sean Knibb designed The Line Hotel in my head for months. This Instagram famous hotel continued to be in the press a couple of years after opening, and I was happy to see that they had rooms available on a Saturday afternoon. Considering how oversubscribed their Saturday pool parties were we jumped at the chance to stay. The great thing about hotel apps is that the hotels want to sell you their empty rooms, so you’ll often be offered rooms at a higher tier than you are paying for, because they need to fill their quota. We rely on them so heavily during our weekend trips from France to the UK and also on our US trip.
We jumped in a cab from LAX and made it to the hotel in around 50 minutes. I’d forgotten LA traffic is ridiculous. Our check-in was swift and we were upgraded to the 10th floor with views of the Hollywood Hills. We were off to a great start in LA. All rooms have floor to ceiling windows so we just sat on the end of the bed staring to the hills.
Jet lag was in full force but we wanted to explore, so headed to the pool where the party was finishing up, and headed for an early supper at the greenhouse conservatory restaurant, Commissary. Think light bites and salads, cocktails in buckets and great local beers. All the cool kids flock here during the weekend, and it seems the social media attention has begun to to cause some frustration, photos on ‘professional cameras’ are now forbidden I was fiercely told by a rather sharp hostess.
We tried to stay awake at least until the sunset, and headed back up to our room to watch the sky turn all shades of amber. Of course we woke with the sun, and what a place to watch the sun rise.
We were allocated a Hollywood Hills double, the wifi was free and super fast. The bathroom had a huge shower, with great toiletries. There was a huge desk the length of our king size bed for you to work at if you need, and the mini bar was packed with Korean and Western snacks. Docking station, chargers, Iron & board, radio, TV and alarm clock were all top quality and easy to work and program.
Back to Commissary for breakfast, or choose the cafe in the lobby below for a great selection of pastries, doughnuts and coffee. We took a walk around the block, headed to the hotel shop Poketo for a quick snoop, and popped back up to the pool for a short time before the crowds descended.
Our only regret is that we’d love to have stayed longer and tried Pot, the restaurant on the ground floor. The area is home to Southern California’s highest concentration of restaurants and bars, so there is so much to see and do close to the hotel. Koreatown is 24/7 and we were really disappointed not to have had enough time to have seen more.
Remember Hollywood is just 3 miles away, Beverly Hills 6 miles, Silverlake is 3/4 miles and the Metro line is directly across the street if you fancy trying the local transportation to Paramount Studios. To give you an idea of rates, rooms around this time of year start at $419 ex taxes & breakfast. So keep an eye on those apps for a great deal.
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Images C/O The Line Hotel – Adrian Gaut & LWSY
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
LWSY visited The Line Hotel in September 2016