Forget Beverley Hills, Hollywood or even Venice Beach – one of the most interesting places to stay in LA is Koreatown. Just west of downtown, it’s a blend of rich, Art Deco architecture, a 24-hour lifestyle and decades of cultural influence from Korean and Latino immigrants – meaning not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it’s full of some of the best and underrated culinary hot spots in the city.
The place to stay in Koreatown is the Line Hotel. The team behind the Ace and NoMad hotels in New York took over the former Wilshire Plaza, opening the new stripped-back spot in 2014. The building itself came from famed architecture firm Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall and is a nostalgic throwback to mid-century modernism at the height of its heyday.
Inside, it’s a modern-meets-retro affair with industrial features (raw concrete walls and exposed piping) and 1950s and ‘60s-inspired prints and furnishings. You’ll find two restaurants – Pot Café, a casual eatery with a menu reflecting the diverse neighbourhood of Koreatown, and Commissary, an expansive greenhouse next to the Line’s outdoor pool where LA chef Roy Choi offers a modern (read: stylish and Instagram-friendly) take on the humble BBQ.
To see more from the Line Hotel, visit its website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Adrian Gaut and Art Gray, Rick Poon