Nestled in the forever-moving streets of San Francisco amidst the historical Mid-Market and Tenderloin areas is a beacon of stillness, charm, and comfort. The LINE Hotel, known for its locations in Los Angeles, Austin, DC, and of course, San Francisco, is the place to stay for travelers who are interested in getting the most out of their experience in The City by The Bay.
Upon entrance, guests are welcomed by a friendly concierge, which is situated in front of the coffee-connoisseur favorite, Alfred Coffee, connected to the lobby of the hotel. They also offer chargers, notebooks, socks, snacks, and other easily forgettable yet travel-dependant goods. It is here where guests learn about the access the hotel grants them, turning their stay from a place to lay their head to an extension of their travel experience, an immersive hotel for an immersive city.
Within the hotel is Tenderheart, an indoor-outdoor restaurant that serves multicultural, New American and Northern California cuisine for both breakfast and dinner, launched by Chef Joe Hou and Danny Louie. Atop The LINE SF is Rise Over Run, a rooftop bar and terrace with sweeping views of the famous San Francisco skyline where weekend kick-offs are hosted and accompanied by DJs. And tucked around the lobby is Dark Bar, a classic, dimly lit bar space opening this summer with specialty cocktails that emphasize Asian spirits.
Along with the modernly equipped gym complete with Pelotons, The LINE collaborates with Priority Bicycles, which offers guests a complimentary bike with chainless, belt-drive technology for an easy ride around the city. Several entertainment and wellness based events are also offered to guests, such as pilates or “Impromtues in the Lobby,” a live music happy hour series.
The options of stay vary between rooms, studios, and suites that offer everything from large double-pane windows to enjoy the views of the city to plush bathrobes, high-speed wifi, and 55-inch LED televisions. With amber lighting that shines upon white oak furniture, and the pastel, Victorian color palettes that contrast against exposed concrete, graffiti-tagged headboards, and ceramic pieces, the design of each room creates a space that feels both cozy and urban, toeing the line between public and private spaces that results in a truly unique hospitality experience.
The interior and exterior designs of The LINE SF are intentionally executed to interpret the history of the region around it. Interiors were created in collaboration with Los Angeles-based design firm Knibb Design, who incorporated the Spanish, Asian, and Colonial aesthetics of the surrounding areas. Exteriors were concocted by Handel Architects and conceptualized by Bjarke Ingels Group, resulting in the 12-story contemporary cityscape that doubles as a hotel and residential building. The beauty is in the details for The LINE, and those details are found in the meticoulosuly picked art pieces throughout the building. Local multimedia artist Sasinun Kladpetch created the large wall art that over takes the lobby, while pieces from Kelsey McClellan, Jake Ricker, Collin Pollard and Anna Alexia-Basile decorate each of the corridors.
Complete with 236 rooms, The LINE is not just a place to stay in San Francisco, but is an active, contributing part of its community. It has partnered with Root Division, a visual arts non-profit with a mission to promote and empower artists through community service, enriching the Bay Area via artful experience. Through this partnership, local artists will have the chance to have their work displayed on a rotating, quarterly basis in Alfred’s Coffee.
A part of The Membership Collective Group, The LINE Hotels have a mission to represent the creative communities they inhabit themselves in while bestowing a hub of comfort, fun, and of course, hospitality.
Photographed by Jean Bai.