First Look: New Adams Morgan Hotel Aims to Channel a Truly Local DC Vibe

The LINE DC recently opened its doors to the public, bringing new hotel, restaurants and even a radio station to the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The owners, Sydell Group, have similar hotels in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, but every detail of the hotel is meant to make locals feel at home.

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Formerly the First Church of Christ, Scientist, The LINE DC has been largely renovated on the inside -- but the outside retains the neoclassical revival architecture.
In addition to a coffee shop, visitors can find three restaurants and two bars in The LINE DC. Chef Erik Bruner-Yang's Brothers and Sisters is already serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set to open Jan. 24, A Rake's Progress, spearheaded by award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, aims to make mid-Atlantic classics with local ingredients. In February, Spoken English will begin offering Asian-fusion dishes until midnight.
The new hotel held onto some of the building's history by making old organ pipes into a chandelier. "Weren't able to save the organ, but saved the pipes," the LINE DC's managing director Crawford Sherman told News4.
The hotel features a radio station, Full Service Radio, that broadcasts local voices from the lobby.
Designers were inspired by classic D.C. furnishings.
The hotel isn't just meant for guests form out of town. Sherman hopes the community will feel welcome -- and free Wi-Fi in the lobby will encourage locals to stick around.
The church was empty for about 25 years before the hotel was built.
Families, couples and adventurers should all feel welcome, Sherman said. Prices for a weekend stay in February began at $165 nightly, according to The LINE DC's website.
Replicas of historic D.C. furniture, paintings and prints by local artists and a small library supplied by Adams Morgan bookstore Idle Books can be found in each room.
The hotel offers room service 24 hours a day, according to the website.
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