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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).
Are you in Boston or do you know someone in Boston who'd be game to do you a favor TODAY in exchange for a possible trip to London? If your answer is yes, then awesome. You see, the Langham Hotel Boston has a classic London cab that drives around town, but instead of the traditional black, it's blush pink (Langham's signature shade). Spot the cab, snap a pic of it and upload it to the Langham Facebook to be entered into the contesta contest that ends tomorrow night at 11:59pm.
What do you win, you ask? Oh let's see:
· Two roundtrip tickets on Virgin Atlantic in Premium Economy (which is very nice, we've been)
· A 3-night/4-day stay at Langham Boston's sister property across the ocean, the Langham London
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Though we don't know what exactly goes into converting a British car to fit fit US driving standards, we're grateful the work's already been done by Langham Boston. Eager to show off their imported London-style taxi, the hotel has started a promotion which will award a plane ticket to London, plus a three-night stay at sister hotel the Langham London, to anyone who spots the taxi on the streets of Boston and posts a photo onto the Langham's Facebook page.
Sound easy? Well it's about to get easier. As you can tell from the above photo, the taxi has been painted a bright, though still rather elegant, shade of pink, in honor of the hotel's signature color. So now, instead of just hunting through Boston for a rare model of car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, now you'll be hunting for a rare model of car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, and one that happens to be pink. Already, this contest sounds a lot easier than the art thief tournament going on in Melbourne.
Oscars time is right around the corner, and if you're dying to see whether Meryl will beat out Sandra for best actress or whether Avatar will sweep all the categories, watch the show in style. This week, we'll look at Academy-sanctioned hotel shindigs where you'll be able to dress up, see if you won the office Oscar pool and help raise cash for charity.
Forget watching the Oscars in your PJs in front of your TV. In Boston, the Oscar partay on March 7 at the Langham is strictly black-tie. After all, you'll want to look good for your walk down the red carpet and for pre-party festivities, including live music from the James Montgomery Band.
You know how much we love our cocktails here at HotelChatter. We'll find any reason to celebrate with a cocktail and fortunately for us (but not for our liver), hotels feel the same way. We've slurped down Summer Cocktails and Halloween Cocktails and now we're ready for the main event, Holiday Cocktails. We'll be taking a look at these concoctions all season long. If you have a suggestion, don't hold out on us. (Photos, recipes and prices are helpful too!)
Yes, it's Friday in December and you know what that means--we're already drunk! Ok, that's not really true but we plan on being drunk in about oh, four hours or less. Since this week we were all about the Boston Hotel Scene, we figured one last story about Beantown couldn't hurt. And it involves a drink. Even better!
This holiday season The Langham Boston is serving their Ruby Cocktail ($14) at their restaurant and lounge, BOND. The drink is made with Jim Beam, cinnamon vanilla syrup, apple juice and cranberry juice. It's perfect for cozy winter nights in Boston, and for any Wizard of Oz enthusiasts. But unlike the ruby slippers, if you drink three of these you might not make it home. No worries, The Langham has rooms upstairs starting at $215 a night.
With a nod to its location in the former Federal Reserve Bank in the otherwise sleepy financial district of Boston, BOND at the Langham Hotel is inviting guests to “sip away their sorrows” with a menu of new signature cocktails that take a lighter look at the current economic situation…and that will leave your wallet a little lighter too.
Most of the money-themed cocktails ring up at a recession-busting $14, and include the Penny Martini with Remy Martin VSOP, Crème de Menthe and a dark chocolate stick; the Dime Martini with Stoli Vanilla, Grand Marnier, peach schnapps, champagne, and something called a “flaming orange twist”; the Quarter Martini with tequila, pomegranate and lime juice, and chili flakes; and, of course, the Greenback Martini with Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain liqueur and a cucumber slice.
Traditionalists can go for one of the drinks named after our Founding Fathers, like the Hamilton, with 10 Cane Rum, mint leaves, sugar and champagne.
Then again, if you’ve really made a killing from the bottoming market, you can take advantage of the new VIP lounge area that was co-created by BOND and Dom Perignon. Just try not to cackle too obviously as you slurp bubbly and grind to the house DJ.
These days everyone is looking for four bar, non-complicated, hotel WiFi when they check in. Sure there are a bunch of hotel WiFi lists out there, but they are quickly out of date and unreliable. This week, as a lead up to our popular annual hotel WiFi report, we will let you know our favorite WiFi hotels in five hot travel destinations. The rules are simple. The signal has to fast, and reliable, the cost should be free (at the very least free for guests) and the WiFi experience at these hotels offer a comfortable surfing environment. Have a city or destination you want us to investigate? Let us know. And if you have a favorite WiFi hotel you are willing to share, no matter where it is send it our way.
The hotel WiFi stereotype says that the nicer the hotel the worse the wireless Internet situation, but that is not the case at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Not only can you get free, fast, four bar wireless access in any of the hotels common areas, but you can also access the web without jumping through hoops, checkboxes, and sign ups. This hotel is a WiFi throwback, just turn on your computer and you immediately gain access to the Boston Harbor Hotel free WiFi network and it is your set homepage that comes up--not some hotel intranet upsell portal. Sweet simplicity. Furthermore, on a nice day you can sit outside and watch the boats come into Boston Harbor, all while checking your email.
Boston Harbor Hotel is located directly on the harbor, between the new, stale, InterContinental Boston, where WiFi access will run you $15.00 for 24 hours, and the Long Wharf Marriott, where WiFi access will cost you $9.99. The ironic part? The Boston Harbor Hotel is hands down the best all around stay experience of the three, as well as the best place to enjoy free WiFi.
Hotel restaurants want our attention. They want us to eat desserts and it's hard for them in a world when skinny is the word. "It's like fashion" according to Alejandro Luna the executive pastry chef at the Langham Hotel in Boston.
So what's the trend then? We've seen the most luxurious desserts the eye could dream of in hotel restaurants. But as of late, things like Krispie bars are appearing on menus. What gives? Luna explains:
"What's past is not forgotten, even in desserts. Chefs are bringing back classics in a more innovative or original way." His colleagues in the kitchen agree: They're looking back to move special-event desserts forward. Sky-high, over-the-top culinary confections have given way to desserts that stay closer to the plate, and hit closer to home.
Luna's answer lie not in Krispie Bars but rather Snickers. He creates a chocolate bar at the Langham's Café Fleuri and allows guests to help create the perfect Snickers bar.
If this trend continues, are we to soon see hotel lobbies offering Tang and Ritz Crackers too? How far will they go to make us feel like a kid at home again?
Image via PastelHearts/Flickr
· FOOD FOR FETES: CHEFS RE-CREATE SWEET CHILDHOODS WITH DESSERTS [Special Events Magazine]
· Langham Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
The Langham is claiming Boston will be the "It" destination throughout July. Hmmm. Maybe the Langham hasn't heard about the MBTA closings, the highway closings (93), and the major MBTA restrictions being announced almost daily.
No amount of donkey cookies and cocktails could make me want to stay in Boston during the DNC, but if the Langham could get Ted Kennedy to show up, we all might revise our plans.
Imagine that party? Teddy, donkey cookies, and mixed drinks!
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Planning a weekend in Boston with that special someone? Then consider the maritime charms of the city's historic waterfront and the classy splendor of the Boston Harbor Hotel. This Rowes Wharf property exudes luxuriance-- from its palatial, six-story arch, to the breathtaking vistas from its harbor-view rooms.