Wash­ing­ton D.C.’s new so­cial hub de­liv­ers thought­ful de­sign and culi­nary de­lights in an eclec­tic at­mos­phere.

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Wash­ing­ton D.C.’s new so­cial hub de­liv­ers thought­ful de­sign and culi­nary de­lights in an eclec­tic at­mos­phere.

Grandiose and charm­ing are two ad­jec­tives that well de­scribe Wash­ing­ton D.C. With land­marks and mu­se­ums all over the city, it is a must-visit des­ti­na­tion, es­pe­cially for those in­ter­ested in Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture.

Lo­cated in the Adams Mor­gan neigh­bour­hood, the Line DC draws in­spi­ra­tion from the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity, home to cafes, book­shops, flower shops, vintage bou­tiques, live mu­sic acts and restau­rants of­fer­ing a di­ver­sity of cui­sine – in­clud­ing Ethiopian, Sal­vado­ran, Viet­namese, West African, Mid­dle Eastern, Ja­panese, Peru­vian and more. The ho­tel oc­cu­pies a 110-yearold Neo­clas­si­cal church that was re­cently re­mod­elled. Owned by Sy­dell Group – the hos­pi­tal­ity com­pany be­hind the Free­hand and No­mad ho­tels, among oth­ers – the his­toric build­ing fea­tures in­te­rior spa­ces with strong per­son­al­ity, in the form of 18m-high vaulted ceil­ings, brass de­tail­ing, large cop­per en­try doors and church or­gan pipes that have been trans­formed into chan­de­liers.

In ad­di­tion to the old struc­ture, the ho­tel also has a con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tion, linked to the legacy sec­tion through the lobby.

The ma­jes­tic ar­chi­tec­ture trans­ports any­one who steps foot in­side to an­other world. The rich pal­ette of colours and ma­te­ri­als adds touches of warmth, and the con­tem­po­rary pieces of fur­ni­ture cre­ate bal­ance. In ev­ery area of the Line DC, the cre­ativ­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity per­vades in a time­less at­mos­phere.

Chef and restau­ra­teur Spike Gjerde and bar di­rec­tor Corey Polyoka put their tal­ent at the ser­vice of A Rake’s Progress restau­rant, A Rake’s bar, and The Cup We All Race 4 coffee shop; while Spo­ken English, an ex­clu­sive 12-guest bar, ex­presses chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a Ja­panese tachi­nomiya.

The 220 guest rooms are adorned with wood, brass, linen, leather and gran­ite de­tail­ing. Liv­ing plants, tex­tiles, mi­cro-li­braries stocked by lo­cal store Idle Times Books, cus­tom book­ends by fur­ni­ture maker and mu­si­cian Jonah Tak­agi, and art­works and pho­to­graphs (3,000 in to­tal) cre­ated by artists from the area are some of the many sur­prises to dis­cover and en­joy in­side the guest rooms and around the com­mon ar­eas.

Visit www.the­line­ho­ to find out more about The Line D.C.

BOT­TOM There are plenty of in­ter­est­ing art in­stal­la­tions grac­ing the spa­ces within the prop­erty.

LEFTThe ho­tel owes the stately look of its fa­cade to the build­ing’s for­mer past as a Neo­clas­si­cal church.

BE­LOWThe de­sign of the in­te­ri­ors is vi­brant and lively, with pops of colour and pat­terns.

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