After four years of designing, construction, and delays, the LINE DC hotel in Adams Morgan has finally opened its doors. Located in the redeveloped circa 1912-constructed First Church of Christ, Scientist, this new hotel features 220 rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, and amenities like a rooftop terrace, a 24-hour, 1,600-square-foot fitness center, and an independent radio station.
Originally, the area that holds the radio station was planned to be a retail space, but developer Sydell Group wanted instead to serve the local community in an out-of-the-box way. The station, known as Full Service Radio, features over 30 local hosts with 24/7 online and in-room streaming. Behind this new venture is record producer, audio engineer, and disc jockey Jack Inslee, who previously launched Heritage Radio Network.
As an added bonus, there are three eateries inside: Brothers and Sisters by chef Erik Bruner-Yang, A Rake’s Progress by James Beard Award-nominated Corey Polyoka, and The Cup We All Race 4 by chef Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka. The Tachinomiya-style neighborhood space, known as Spoken English, won’t open until February. In each of these venues, there is a big emphasis on locally sourced and farm-raised foods.
When designing the hotel, the developer hoped to infuse the old with the new by repurposing different church materials. For instance, in the 60-foot-high lobby, there is a chandelier composed of the former church’s organ’s pipes.
The massive stained glass windows that flank either side of the lobby have been preserved and are in a way celebrated each day during the “Golden Hour” event, which is a happy hour scheduled during sunset, a time of the day that ends up offering a soft glow in the space.
Throughout the hotel, there are nods to the building’s past as a church. Repurposed hymnal signs and church pews are found in the hallways, while, in the rooms and suites, guests can find salvaged, framed hymnal pages, vintage radios, and side tables collected from antique stores. There are also “micro-libraries” in each room with books from the local bookstore, Idle Time Books.
When it comes to the artworks throughout the building, there are a total of 3,000 pieces, curated by Svetlana Legetic, the founder of Brightest Young Things. Local photographers that were hired included Kate Warren, Ellie Van Houtte, and Donovan Gerald.
The starting rate for guestrooms is $268.
This is the second LINE hotel created by the Sydell Group with the first located in Los Angeles, founded in 2014.