Our Peek Inside The Langham Chicago
There's no doubt that Chicago has become quite the hotbed for new hotel action in the past few years. From trendy boutique hotels with a definite artsy edge to names that are synonymous with luxury. Fortunately, we got to lay our very own eyes on a new property that fits into the latter category; the Langham Chicago.
Langham opened in July in a 'soft opening' that elicited lots of "oohs" and "ahhs", including our own when we got a glimpse of what's inside the former IBM building along the Chicago River. To the untrained eye, many people wouldn't take note of the building itself, but design junkies will know the building to be the last of famed architect, Mies van der Rohe. It should also be known that the inside pays as much homage to the designer and his building and we couldn't be more wowed.
Full of little details from hanging Czech glass globes in the lobby, designed by London-based Richmond Group, hand-picked art pieces and the subtle tech-y nod to the building's former glory in Travelle, the upscale restaurant on the lobby level; it would be hard to check-in to this hotel and be underwhelmed. Each of the 316 rooms are so well thought out featuring high-end furniture, plush fabrics and sleek marble, in even the basic of rooms.
Travelle Lounge with video media art wall
Probably one of the best perks of the entire property is the trademark Chuan Spa, which features all of the traditional Asian-inspired treatments. But this isn't a limited-treatment-room spa tucked away behind the lobby. No, the Chuan Spa at the Langham Chicago takes up an entire floor of the building and boasts a gym, relaxation room, a Dream Lounge and a pool that is reminiscent of the Langham Sydney with it's starry ceiling.
Remember our recommendation on the best room to book? With river and city views, we can't imagine there would be too much disappointment if those were booked out. In fact, we saw the rooms right next to the Grand River View (-03 rooms) and they have a similar unobstructed river and Lake Michigan view while being a little nicer to your credit card bill.
Overall, the hotel is an absolute stunner and we couldn't stop taking photos around each corner during our tour; have a look for yourself through our gallery. Perfectly located, this place is one to watch as it takes Chicago by storm.
Room rates start at $435 per night for a standard room, but with a three-night stay, the per night rate goes down to $363. At that price, why not stay for a while?
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]