Amid Chi-Town’s great cityscape
Exploring the Windy City from the luxury Langham Chicago is all an architecture enthusiast could ever want
In a city famed for its architecture and skyline, moving into the old headquarters of information technology giant IBM does not seem very sexy. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, aka, the Godfather of the modern skyscraper (and master of the phrase “less is more”) even designed the building. But, those who have seen beyond the dark sheaths of double-paned glass, and business-like ground level foyer, know the world that awaits guests one floor up at the Langham — and with it the reasons why it has quickly gained status as Chicago’s number one hotel. As the old saying goes, don’t judge a book (or a 52-storey building) by its cover.
Occupying 13 floors inside a black glass and steel rectangular skyscraper, the Langham Chicago is a haven of art, design and luxury hidden away inside a stern, austere façade; the pearl inside an oyster’s shell.
With two large fireplaces and numerous paintings on the walls — and not to mention the 22ft high floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views of the Chicago River and the epic architecture surrounding the building — the spacious lobby sets the theme for a hotel inspired by art and design, interspersed with astonishing levels of comfort and detail.
A prime example is right above your head. Hanging from the ceiling is a stunning installation of 500 glass blown pebbles of differing colours, lit from above with LED lights. It’s safe to say this lobby would put many boutique art galleries to shame. [To be continued...]
A stay amid Chi-Town’s great cityscape
Occupying 13 floors inside a black glass and steel skyscraper, the Langham Chicago is a paradise of art, design and luxury hidden away inside a stern, austere façade; the pearl inside an oyster’s shell. This imposing building used to house the old headquarters of information technology giant IBM, but as the old saying goes, don’t judge a book (or a 52-storey building) by its cover. All 268 rooms and 48 suites of the Langham are unquestionably influenced by art and design, but two things wonderfully overshadow both of those aspects: lavishness and comfort.
Warm, neutral colours and rich textures accent the wood panelled floors of the bedrooms. Comfortable, contemporary furnishings bathe in the natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the Chicago River and the epic architecture surrounding the building — with 10 feet of head space making even the smallest rooms feel extraordinarily large.
Custom-designed cellarets and mini-bars house a Nespresso machine and tasty drinks and treats, while wide-screen TVs adorn the walls. The lights, of which there are many, are controlled by a single operating panel and even the curtains and drapes shut at the touch of a button.
The stunning bathrooms, such as the marble and granite filled haven in the Club Suite, with its whirlpool bath, glass rainfall shower, heated mirrors and double sinks, makes the room feel more like a micro-spa than an en suite.
However, guests would be remiss not to take advantage of the luxurious Chuan Spa and Health Club, which occupies the entire fourth floor. The spa prides itself on the use of traditional Chinese medicine across more than 40 treatments, and the experienced therapists on hand will make sure you leave relaxed, restored and nurtured. There is also a 67ft swimming pool, a hydrotherapy jacuzzi and state of the art recliners, plus an exercise studio and fitness centre. [To be continued...]