Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med… as a long-time fan of American TV, my perception of Chicago was solely based on the dramas that I had been tuned into for years. As the plane lands, I have a suspicion that my holiday will unfold like one of the many episodes that I’ve watched, but much to my relief (and surprise) I live out a much more luxurious episode at The Langham, Chicago.
The first 13 floors of the iconic IBM Building – designed by the late Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – were reconstructed to house The Langham, which opened back in 2013. Walking into the lobby, it’s hard to believe that the space was ever intended for anything other than what it is now; a vibrant and open first introduction to the property that was designed by Mies’ grandson Dirk Lohan. There is a strong emphasis on art with a beautiful selection of specially curated pieces; notably the 60-foot coloured glass pebble installation by acclaimed Czech brand, Lasvit, that hangs from the ceiling as if by magic.
The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the property. On entering the Infinity Suite, it’s evident the level of detail that has gone into its design. From the art and creative details, to the use of space, it’s lavish and expansive without being overwhelming. The panoramic views from the living area are enhanced by the interior, a mix of muted golds and browns that cover everything from the Grand Piano perfectly placed in the corner to the Art Deco chandelier centring the room.
The master bedroom is also dressed in the colours of the living room, but exudes an element of American comfort that you want from a room meant for total relaxation. On the topic of relaxation, the master bathroom, easily one of the most beautiful rooms within the suite, features a statement infinity bathtub that overlooks the Chicago River. With floor-to-ceiling windows, all decked out in marble, it offers an air of indulgence. It’s worth mentioning that it’s not just the Infinity Suite that is decadent; with 317 guestrooms and suites, the hotel carries an air of elegance and boasts exceptional views throughout.
Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan are just a stone’s throw away, so the options for exploring the city are endless. From a culinary perspective, Chicago is home to one of the most celebrated food scenes in the US. But for those not interested in leaving the comfort of the Langham, the hotel’s seasonal American restaurant Travelle won’t disappoint – we take note of the waiter’s suggestions, who guides us through our visit and as a result, we have one of the most memorable dining experiences of our stay. Alternatively, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood draws inspiration from the brand’s British heritage and is set amongst some of the most captivating art that I have ever seen grace in a hotel.
The Langham, Chicago, is pure luxury, yet it aims to cater to every guest when it comes to celebrations. Hence the brand’s latest campaign, ‘Celebrate the Everyday’. The Langham encourages guests to mark their milestones in style, with grand offerings such as a $500,000 Ultimate Luxury Wedding Package – with a level of execution that justifies the price tag. But it’s not to say you need a reason to visit – sometimes you just want to celebrate you, and The Langham will do just that. Whether that means visiting the award-winning Chuan Spa, catching up with friends for dinner, or booking in for a long weekend with a loved one, The Langham is guaranteed to make everyday feel like it needs celebrating.
WHAT: The Langham, Chicago
WHERE: 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, USA
TEL: +1 312 923 9988