Korea Town is the kind of slightly out of the way 'where-am-I-exactly?' precinct you wouldn’t expect to find the coolest hotel in L.A. But then, of course you would. The coolest hotel in L.A. wouldn’t be the coolest hotel in L.A. if it were parked somewhere obvious. Stepping into The Line Hotel on a Friday night after a long haul flight and a negligible amount of sleep is a little confronting, but at least you know you’ve landed in exactly the right place. Music up, people streaming out of Ubers cluttering the lobby like someone’s handing out free ice-cream, and cries of "how do we get to the pool deck?" flying in from every angle. With two acclaimed restaurants – one of them a notably un-tacky poolside ‘greenhouse’ style setup, boasting food worth sitting in traffic for – The Line has become quite the spot. But light sleepers and chill-seekers (like myself) need not be deterred – the rooms are luxury oasis’ high above it all.
From behind the sweeping floor to ceiling windows, the sprawling scape of the city all seems so beautifully distant. And with their clean, contemporary Scandi design aesthetic – just enough polish, the edges left raw – immersing yourself in such visual excellence is truly life-affirming. I’m pretty sure the words "never leaving" shot out of my mouth every time the blinds majestically ascended like the opening act of an opera to reveal the splashing views over the Hollywood Hills. Yes, Korea Town is a bit of a detour, but where in L.A. isn’t? That’s why Ubers are so cheap and music radio is so epic. You will spend a lot of time in cars no matter what, so it might as well be getting to and from somewhere you really, really, want to be.