The Langham is a dazzling luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan. With the finest facilities from a spa to a superb signature restaurant and great bar, it's an address that oozes glamour and sophistication.
Situated two blocks from the Empire State Building in the most walkable city in the US, it’s a quick stroll from the Fashion District, Fifth Avenue shopping, Broadway theatre, corporate-behemoth Midtown offices and a number of cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art.
The 60-storey tower with a crown-like top comprises 27 floors of hotel, the rest residences. The 214 hotel rooms have interiors that embody soothing modernist tenets with plenty of whites and creams, clean lines, Duxiana beds, Pratesi linens, and marble bathrooms with restoratively powerful rain showers.From the moment that you step into the lobby to the moment you leave, you are cocooned in tranquillity and luxury.
The Langham Suite, a step above the standard rooms, is bigger than most Manhattan apartments, with full kitchens stocked with Miele appliances and closets plentiful enough for a nuclear family. Whatever category of room, looking out from them showcases their greatest asset: views of the skyline through oversized glass windows. Press up against a pane in the glow of twilight, with the softening rays falling across the city, and from the elevated vantage Manhattan looks old and new, classic and contemporary, brimming with the promise and possibility that draws so many.
Meals at the street-level Measure Lounge, enlivened by harried New Yorkers briskly streaming by outside on Fifth, promise fun modern European dishes and American comfort food best shared; the fine cocktails also reinforce the city’s reputation for having a cultivated bar culture. Measure has rapidly become a fixture among the city's elite, with an atmosphere of laid back sophistication and great mixologists.
The refined Ai Fiori, with one Michelin star, offers an Italian and French Riviera-inspired menu and a weekend jazz brunch where the intelligently edited menu choices are a refreshing contrast to hotel brunches that shock and awe with their displays of ridiculous excess.
Similarly restrained is the house car, a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte that guests can commandeer for a chauffeured ride anywhere in Manhattan. The spa mixes East and West (traditional Chinese medicine treatments and peptide facials to combat wrinkling and skin damage) while also presenting a Turkish hamam, a heated vitality pool and a chill room. And for a dose of straight-up, old-school class, Savile Row tailor Richard James uses Langham Place for its thrice-yearly fittings with New York clients.
Each guest is assigned a personal PA to help you make the most of this ever-moving city, from the reservations at the hottest new restaurants in the Village to opera tickets at the Met.
The hotel ranks highly in the city’s art circles, not just for the stimulating contemporary pieces sprinkled throughout the property, but also for its tight connection with the Armory Show. Held each March, the show is one of the world’s most prestigious modern and contemporary art fairs, and Langham Place is the event’s preferred hotel. The Measure Lounge will continue to host the official kick-off party (to be held this year on 2 March) and will also serve as a VIP ticket-collection point for attendees. In the same month, the hotel will unveil its own collection by an internationally renowned contemporary artist.
In an age in which luxury has become more associated with ultimately useless baubles like diamond studded cell phones and exotic leather handbags, the Langham Place demonstrates that someone somewhere still gets what it’s all about.