The Langham, Chicago Opens
Iconic Mies van der Rohe Building Now Home to Chicago's Newest Luxury Hotel
CHICAGO, Sept. 10, 2013
CHICAGO, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Langham Hospitality Group's fourth
U.S. property—The Langham, Chicago—officially opens today on September 10,
2013. Located in the last office building designed by Ludwig Mies van der
Rohe, known for developing the modern skyscraper, the 316-room hotel resides
within the 52-story landmarked riverfront property at 330 N. Wabash in the
heart of downtown Chicago just minutes from the loop business district and
Reflecting Langham's signature style and commitment to personalized, attentive
service, this is the company's first purpose-built hotel in the United States.
"After more than four years of planning and construction, we're delighted to
join the Chicago community and bring our brand of European hospitality to this
great city," said Langham Hospitality Group CEO Brett Butcher. "The Langham,
Chicago was a labor of love for our Chairman, Dr. K.S. Lo, who is passionately
committed to developing luxury hotels in heritage buildings. The opportunity
to build our hotel within this landmark building was a great privilege." Other
heritage properties Langham has invested in include The Langham, London, The
Langham Huntington, Pasadena and The Langham, Boston.
The Langham, Chicago is the world's first hotel to reside in a Mies van der
Rohe building. Built in 1971 as IBM's regional headquarters, the building was
declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of
Historic Places in March 2010. As the only Mies building to feature
double-paned glass, now called thermopanes, it was on the forefront of the
Featuring such Langham signature features as afternoon tea, a Club Lounge with
dedicated butler service, Chuan Spa, based on the principles of traditional
Chinese medicine, the hotel also provides some of the city's largest standard
guest rooms starting at 516 sq. ft., a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant and
lounge (Travelle), 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space and a fine art
collection featuring more than 140 works including pieces by such noted
artists as Jaume Plensa (designer of Millennium Park's Crown Fountain) and
Anish Kapoor (designer of Millennium Park's Cloud Gate).
Given the building's iconic status, the conversion of 13 of its floors into a
luxury hotel involved the work of six architects and designers. Notable is the
involvement of Chicago-based architect Dirk Lohan of Lohan Anderson. The
grandson of Mies van der Rohe, Lohan worked on the IBM building with his
grandfather. Lohan has taken the historic ground-floor lobby level and
fashioned the space into a hotel reception area, mindful not to disrupt its
original travertine walls and granite floors.
London-based Richmond International designed the luxurious, yet contemporary
interiors, while New York's Rockwell Group created the inspired mid-century
modern setting for the hotel's signature restaurant Travelle.
Each room features 55-inch televisions (the largest in Chicago); a deskside
"jack pack" offering video/audio, HDMI/iPhone/I-Touch play back of audio/video
content and Ethernet capability; a custom-designed midcentury-style
"cellarette" houses in-room tea and a Nespresso coffee machine, in addition to
a selection of drinks and snacks. Bathrooms bathed in travertine stone, a
favorite of Mies van der Rohe, measure 98 sq. ft. and feature heated towel
racks, double-sinks and a wet room with a separate bathtub and rain shower.
State-of-the-art REVEAL glass allows guests to turn clear glass to frosted
glass at the push of a button, creating either a single oversized room or
privacy between room and shower. All rooms feature a separate dressing room
with dressing table and mirror.
Complimentary WiFi, morning newspaper, overnight shoeshine and use of the
hotel's fitness facility and pool are also included. A Cinema Suite, seating
up to 16, is available for rental. For families, the hotel offers a Kid's
Suite, featuring books, games and video programming.
Room rates start at $395.
Reservations for Langham hotels can be made online at langhamhotels.com. For
further information on the The Langham, Chicago call 312-923-9988 or go to
About Langham Hospitality Group
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality
Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include
hotels, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four
continents. The Group currently owns and/or manages 17 hotels under The
Langham, Langham Place, Eaton and 88 Xintiandi brands with more than 20 hotel
projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation
from China through Asia and India to the Middle East. North America remains a
focal point for our development with over 2,000 rooms planned to be added in
2013 to our existing portfolio. For reservations, please contact a travel
professional or access the website at www.langhamhotels.com.
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