A Wilshire Ornament: The Line Hotel

In a superlative collaboration by The Sydell Group with Roy Choi, The Houston Brothers, Sean Knibb, and Poketo, Los Angeles' new Line Hotel is the fine fusion of American and Korean culture. Andrew Zobler is the creator of the Wilshire Boulevard hotel, which stands amongst Koreatown’s pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings and southern California’s bustling restaurants, bars, and businesses. The building was originally built in 1964 but it recently received a stunning restoration and renovation complete with innovative public spaces and guest rooms designed by Sean Knibb.

The standard king room is 300 square feet, decorated with floor to ceiling windows and original works of art and photography. Negril chairs by Knibb and a large desk compliment the seating area. Baxter of California bath products and a bathrobe await the guests in the bathroom. The curated minibar is stocked with both American and Korean drinks and snacks and an in-room docking station and media hub also add to the room’s convenience. This same room design is also present in the 340 square foot room, which holds two double beds. Both versions have options of a view of the spectacular Hollywood hills.

The studio room holds all the same amenities as the standard king room except this 340 square foot option has a separate seating area and the option of a connecting room.

The one bedroom suite holds a king sized bed, wet bar, large sitting area and a huge bathroom with a freestanding bath tub and dressing area within it’s 900 square feet. This design also comes with the option of a Hollywood Hills view.

The 1200 square foot apartment suite is similar to the one bedroom suite with the addition of another bath, a dining table and bar, a large working desk, and the option of a connecting room to create a two or three bedroom suite. The Hollywood hills view is an option for this room as well.

The Line is also home to an international newsstand and boutique shop by Poketo. A husband and wife team founded the shop in 2003 and brought it from an “an upstart creative enterprise known for their limited-edition vinyl artist wallets to a leading lifestyle brand that retains its indie vibe.” The hotels 388 rooms, two restaurants under the direction of chef Roy Choi, one featuring a hot-pot cuisine and the other focused on fruits and vegetables, late night bakery, and 24-hour news stand, all are designed to contribute to the all-night energy of the hotel and to capture all of the “good stuff” coming out of today’s Korea.

Photography Courtesy of The Line