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First Look: Langham Boston Pops Cork on $6 Million Lobby Reno and Champagne Lounge

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November 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM | by | ()

What we've learned about the Langham Hotel Boston this year: Subtle is not in its vocabulary.

The hotel, in the city's financial district, popped both a theoretical and literal first cork when it revealed its $6 million lobby renovation. Big deal, you say? That's what we thought, until we heard the lobby came with the new Reserve, a luxury European Champagne Lounge that will, for now, pair light cuisine with global selections of bubbly and wine.

For the first few weeks, it looks like it’s all mimosas and munchies: The Reserve will serve continental breakfast, lunch, and plenty of champers until it opens for dinner later this month (it will join BOND Restaurant and Café Fleuri as a third option for dinner within the walls of the hotel).

The lobby redesign was focused on creating a grand entrance that maintained the history of its home in Boston’s former Federal Reserve Bank building, originally opened in 1922 and distinguishes the Langham as a national architectural landmark.

The Reserve is decked out with purple and gold leather banquets and high-back chairs to go along with a white Italian marble floor and dark-wood, mixed-height dining and conversation tables. In December, the Reserve will continue the Langham’s tradition of serving afternoon tea. Until then, you'll just have to suffer though the champagne.

With three on-site restaurants and a rethought first impression in the form of its lobby, it looks like the Langham is not only trying to keep guests on property, but also tempt in the locals. It is interesting to note that BOND already draws a sophisticated after-work and weekend crowd, which begs the question:

Will the Reserve be a redundant addition, or will it even further thrust the Langham into the local social scene?

Have you seen the changes firsthand already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

[Photo: Langham Hotels]

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