Alex Tieghi-Walker

The Line

  • Where:Los Angeles
  • Why:L.A. stopover as part of California road-trip.
  • When:January 2014
  • Who:With Mr Tieghi-Walker
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We spent a lot of time in Downtown L.A., just 10 quick minutes from Koreatown. This is the Grand Central Market, an impressive emporium of taco, carnita and burrito sellers.

The bed was massive! We practically lost each other.

I love the shelf of knick-knacks and whatchamacallits in the room, which includes these crystal-shaped wooden blocks by designers Fort Standard.

Yeah and that’s the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows: Hollywood Hills in the distance beyond the haze, palm trees and old warehouses of Koreatown below.

Koreatown has the largest urban Korean population outside of Seoul. It’s sometimes easy to forget you’re actually still in California.

We cycled up to the Getty Center – amazing views of L.A. and whole terraces and gardens planted with cacti and succulents.

Concrete walls, Latin American textiles, prints and curios – the rooms are basically very cool and very personal.

Highs & Lows

  • Koreatown location is amazing – the bustling neighbourhood is a relatively new spot on the L.A. cool-scene and not too far from upcoming Downtown.

  • The views from the rooms. We left the blinds open overnight so that we woke up to the pink morning sun hitting the Hollywood Hills in the distance.

  • Each room feels really personal, filled with interesting curios, artwork and beautiful prints on the walls.

  • The mini-bar is stocked with American and Korean treats, a reminder of the bicultural heritage surrounding the hotel.

  • The rooms are exemplary of how hotels should treat technology. Wireless music from your ipod/phone, USB charging points and remote controlled blinds… it’s the future.

  • The main public spaces will be opening in summer 2014. Until then you’ll have to entertain yourselves in your room.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Cultural outpost.

  • Vibe

    1960s chic fused with bold, colourful Korean influences.

  • Location

    In the heart of Koreatown, an exciting and buzzy district not far from downtown L.A.

  • Rooms

    338

  • Music

    I suppose it would be called ‘Trendy-Asian’; it was good.

  • Year Opened

    2014 – we were their first guests!

  • Designed By

    Originally designed by Daniel Mann Johnson + Medenhall in the 1960s, recently refitted by Sean Knibb.

  • Pool/Gym

    The pool opens in summer 2014 and will be the deepest hotel pool in L.A.

  • Restaurant

    Headed by Korean-American chef Roy Choi, opening Winter 2014.

  • Bar

    Speek, a mid-century lounge and bar, opening in Spring 2014.

  • Children

    Only if they’re nocturnal partygoers.

  • Price

    Not cheap, not expensive.

just 10 minutes away in the downtown and undergoing massive changes...new boutiques and bars are transforming the district; the Ace Hotel has also just opened in the beautiful United Artists Building.

The small grid of streets at 8th and Broadway

8th and Broadway Los Angeles

just 10 minutes away in the downtown and undergoing massive changes...new boutiques and bars are transforming the district; the Ace Hotel has also just opened in the beautiful United Artists Building.

fresh meats are cooked on your table at this authentic restaurant on Wilshire. Take a piece of grilled meat, a healthy dollop of banchan and top with steamed rice.

Genwa Korean BBQ

5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

fresh meats are cooked on your table at this authentic restaurant on Wilshire. Take a piece of grilled meat, a healthy dollop of banchan and top with steamed rice.

a dozen or so blocks along Wilshire is the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, a cultural mecca with great exhibitions (we saw a trippy James Turrel retrospective) and lovely gift shop for design-led souvenirs.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

a dozen or so blocks along Wilshire is the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, a cultural mecca with great exhibitions (we saw a trippy James Turrel retrospective) and lovely gift shop for design-led souvenirs.

The Line

3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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