If you're like us, you've been craving a luxe vaycay, but who has the time? Between deadline, appointments, errands, and life's little curveballs summer had nearly slipped by without us hardly getting a chance to squeeze in our favorite three S's: snoozing, sunning, sipping (and oh yes, shopping but we'll get to that). Last time we we having a particularly "SERENITY NOW!" moment, we decided to say "screw it," and packed up our vintage tote for a quick trip to Koreatown's design savvy The Line Hotel, where you can take a getaway minus all the pesky mileage.
The hotel compound, which opened in January of last year, offers all the amenities we needed in-house: a spot to lounge, cozy beds, rad eateries, and a spot to score well-designed wares. For lazy (read: overworked) locals who desire some relaxation coupled with bountiful opportunities to be surrounded by aesthetic inspiration (LA's cool kids are constantly Instagramming their chic stays here with the hashtag #staycationplz), this hotel is your jam. On our recent day trip, we took note of some of the highlights from our waking hours in this hot spot.
Admittedly, we've got a thing hotel beds. Now, imagine lounging in that bed with a spectacular view that stretches all the way out to the Hollywood sign while you binge-watch Dating Naked (no judgement for guilty TV pleasures) and nibble Korean-influenced dishes like a breakfast-y congee (aka rice porridge) from the room service menu. While the rest of the hotel had so many cool spaces to check out, we had to also invest some QT in the beautifully industrial and minimal room because, after all, this is vacation, right? Pro tip: before heading to the hotel make a pit stop at nearby The Face Shop (3500 W 6th Street) to pick one of their best selling sheet masks for a little in-room pampering.
From the moment you enter the hotel, cocktails are at the ready by way of the sleek lobby bar. But we found liquid solace by the pool deck where we indulged in one of the Commissary's fruity concoctions (in this case grapefruit and mezcal) served in a deli cup—the way working chefs often do. Even low-brow "gin and juice" gets a boost with the addition of fresh pressed juices and classic Pimm's Cup is spiked with ginger and shiso. Come time for late-night debauchery, consider adjacent bar Break Room '86, the Houston Brother's latest (they brought you Good Times at Davey Wayne's) that boasts bevvies influenced by some of the 80's greatest hits (Ecto Cooler and Purple Rain among them).
Rock star chef Roy Choi is responsible for all in-hotel eateries (including the aforementioned room service, a lobby cafe, and seafood-heavy Pot), but we spent our dinnertime at greenhouse-inspired Commissary, where fruits and veggies are the star. Between the en plein air setting, cute mismatched table settings, sparkling nighttime skyline, and seasonal, plant-based offerings—we could hardly pick a favorite aspect. Okay, so maybe it was that grilled lettuce and peach salad.
In terms of retail therapy, The Line's lobby also features an outpost of one of our favorite local boutiques, Poketo. In the comfort of your swimsuit and towel (we were en route to the pool, obviously) you can browse the same artsy merchandise—including cute paper goods, cool bags and apparel, books, and ceramics—as its popular Arts District flagship without even leaving the hotel. Snag a great gift for someone waiting at home, or go ahead and buy yourself something nice. You totally deserve this.