If you want to be charmed and intrigued and wowed, book a room here. Opened in late 2017, the Line Hotel occupies a former First Church of Christ, Scientist, which was built in 1912 at the crest of the hill that defines the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The building sits right at the crossroads of 18th Street NW and Columbia Road. Its architecture is Neoclassical Revival style, temple-like in other words, with colossal columns framing the grand entrance.
A renovation transformed the church interior into a spectacular gallery of a lobby. The hotel employed local artists and designers to create an imaginative decor throughout, incorporating found objects and original features of the church as much as possible. In the lobby, for example, the enormous chandelier was sculpted by a local artist from brass pieces of the church’s pipe organ. The talent behind the restaurants and bars are locals, too, but with national acclaim: Spike Gjerde (A Rake’s Progress) and Erik Bruner-Yang (Brothers and Sisters). Continuing the community vibe is the hotel’s radio station, Full Service Radio, broadcasting live news about the city from the lobby.
Guest rooms are located in the new U-shaped, eight-floor annex at the rear of the structure. Rooms are 300 square feet or larger, and each is outfitted with handhewn oak floors, brass beds, copper accessories, and whimsical original artworks. About one-third of the rooms capture a glimpse of the Washington Monument; all have long windows that bring in lots of light.