Luxury is a staple in Los Angeles. However, few hotels in the City of Angels interpret lavishness like .
Hotel designer Sean Knibb tells ELLEDecor.com how incorporating raw materials like concrete, T-shirts (yes, really!) and old-school techniques, like those used to create popcorn acoustic ceilings, gave the LINE Hotel its unique mid-century modern look.
"People looking for a place that feels natural, not pretentious, and that has a really organic feel will enjoy staying at the LINE Hotel," Knibb says. He adds that guests are surprised by the unique details during their stay like the lobby's ceiling, which appears as a gradient of dark to light blue made from folded shirts, and the concrete hallways that line each floor.
By using non-conventional materials in the design for a high-end hotel, the LINE is able to capture Los Angeles' effortless combination of simplicity and extravagance.
Located on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, in central LA, the LINE is a 10 to 30 minute drive from all of the activities you would ever need for a true West Coast experience. Buick provided ELLE Decor with an for the duration of our trip, and here are some of the fun stops we hit during our staycation.
In The Morning
Grab breakfast: No need to leave the hotel for an early breakfast (or brunch if you like to sleep in). The Commissary on the second floor of the LINE is the perfect place to grab a meal, and it is designed to make you feel like you're inside of a greenhouse.
Knibb, who has a background in landscaping, says he came up with the concept after noticing that many people requested greenhouses in their estates. The transparent ceilings provide tons of natural light (perfect for photo-ops) and the menu is up to par with the surroundings. Breakfast items include a smoked salmon platter, brioche eggs Benedict, a breakfast burrito, and Cobb salad.
During The Day
Go for a hike: One of the best parts about LA is its close proximity to nature. Jump in your car for an approximate 15-minute drive to Griffith Park in Los Feliz and take a scenic hike. Griffith Park is the home of the Hollywood sign and offers over 53 miles of trail options. Fans of the movie La La Land will recall that scenes were filmed at the Griffith Observatory, making this location the perfect mix of Hollywood glam and rustic vibes.
Grab lunch: Pack a light picnic basket with with a bottle of wine for lunch with a view atop Griffith Park. However, if you prefer not to carry additional items on your hike, there is also at the Griffith Observatory. The restaurant is owned by none other than world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, so you know you're in for a five-star meal.
In The Afternoon
Get some R&R: After an active day of hiking the Hollywood hills, return to the LINE hotel for some rest and relaxation. You have the option to lounge by the outdoor pool, located outside of The Commissary on the second floor, or lie down in one of the rooms. Both feature city views of the Hollywood sign.
"Each room has a story to it," Knibb says. In the rooms, there is a memento shelf with a piece of driftwood, a crystal, river stone and small vase, which Knibb says is meant to represent the natural landscapes around LA.
You can then use your remote control to scroll down the motorized shades and get some shut eye before the next adventure.
Go to a food tour: Why go to one restaurant for dinner when you can visit three or four in one afternoon? Take a 30-minute drive to the Abbot Kinney region of Venice, California, for the . The dining experience allows you to have four courses, each at a different restaurant, with a guide to tell you all about each place along the way.
First stop: Wabi Sabi, where chefs created an interactive class that allowed guests to add real (edible) gold to our fresh sushi. Just a two-minute walk over is stop number two, . The rustic-chic restaurant offers an outdoor rooftop with views of Venice and traditional American cuisine, that includes over a dozen styles of pizza.
For the tour's final stop, wind down with a cup of tea imported directly from Japan at . Shuhari's parent company Maedaen was the first to introduce matcha ice cream to American consumers, and the delectable dessert is available here.
Grab drinks: Finish off the your staycation with drinks at Perch Los Angeles, located just 15 minutes from the LINE Hotel. The French restaurant and lounge features a glamorous 16th-floor rooftop with unobstructed 360-degree views of the city's best skyscrapers. There is plenty of outdoor sitting space with fire pits that allow you to enjoy the wonderful California weather. Once you find a comfy seat, sip some cocktails and dance the night away to the tunes of the lounge's in-house DJ.
Rooms start at $240 per night.