Walking the Line Between Inspiration & Reality: LINE LA

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You wake up in your room at the LINE LA in Koreatown and for a moment you forget it’s not an artist loft. The functionality and simplicity of Mid-Century industrial design and architecture turn you on, and you already know that this building dates back to 1964 but feels perfectly tomorrow, thanks to designer, Sean Knibb and his minimalist concrete interiors. And yes, that huge "PEACE" mural is by famed street artist, Shepard Fairey.

Apartment Suite at LINE LA
Apartment Suite | Photo courtesy of LINE LA

Stay in an Apartment Suite and enjoy 1,200 square feet of modern living - media hub, original artwork, Nespresso machine, and a fully stocked minibar with Korean and Western snacks.

LINE LA Hotel Alfred
Alfred | Photo: LINE LA

You can travel around the world without ever leaving the hotel, starting bright and early at Alfred. Open daily from 6am to 6pm, Alfred serves coffee, their signature matcha, and easy food to take away in the lobby.

Surrounded by neon and Korean signs, thoughts of Seoul fill your mental vision board, but there’s always something special about L.A. — you can’t help dreaming big here, looking out the wall of windows facing the Hollywood Sign. This is L.A., but you don’t need a car to get around, so you’ve signed up for one of the 25 Linus bicycles that guests can ride around town. For longer trips, the Wilshire/Normandie station on the Metro Purple Line is right across the street — thank you and hello, Metro Day Pass.

Poketo store at LINE LA
Poketo store at LINE LA | Photo courtesy of Poketo

At Poketo, browse a curated collection of exclusive housewares, men and women’s clothing, leather items, stationery, books and jewelry created by more than 200 international artists. Learn something new at their workshops, which range from design are to food, social media, business and technology. 

Openaire at LINE LA
Photo: Openaire at LINE LA

You’re in the heart of one of L.A.’s great culinary neighborhoods, but you don’t have to leave the hotel to experience great food. Created in collaboration with two-star Michelin Chef and native Angeleno, Josiah Citrin, Openaire is a poolside oasis of green at the center of the Koreatown. The menu features the best of California’s ingredients from land and sea, embracing the seasons and presented in a shareable format. Simply, Openaire is a celebration of indoor/outdoor living at the center of the melting-pot that is LA.

Beef tartare at Here's Looking At You
Beef tartare | Photo: Here's Looking At You

There are Korean BBQ places everywhere, or a short walk takes you to Here’s Looking At You (3901 W 6th St, Los Angeles 90020), one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city. If you’re in a Rat Pack mood, Taylor’s Steakhouse (3361 W 8th St, Los Angeles 90005) is a classic retro spot.

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Photo by DYLAN + JENI, courtesy of Break Room 86

Later that night, it’s a dream come true – you’re singing on stage with a live band at Break Room 86, an 80s-themed bar hidden inside the LINE, featuring VHS karaoke menus and a DJ booth fashioned from boomboxes.

Music, food, art, design and inspiration, 24/7 — this is Koreatown, this is Los Angeles, and you’re living the dream at the LINE LA.


3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90010