Opened in an old IBM office tower a year ago, The Langham is freshly done and it shows. On the river and about a mile from the lake, it is convenient to all of downtown Chicago's offerings. On entry, you are directed to the second floor reception desk (which is useful because otherwise, it would not be clear where to check in). Stately and serene stone and dark wood outfit the public areas and hallways. I had a Langham King for $425 for a weeknight. Not inexpensive but Chicago is not. Partial river view on the 5th floor was actually a very nice view of the river and the Wabash St. drawbridge, with the boat traffic on the river. Floor to ceiling windows mean it's light and bright. On the subject of lighting, very well-lit room with plenty of lamps and even a track lighting system on the ceiling. Separate vanity/dressing area, plus double sinks and well lit mirrors in bathroom. Unique deep tub/shower combination with a window into the room that frosts over at the touch of a button. While it does not look like enough privacy when you walk in, the ability to frost the window plus the sliding bathroom door confer privacy if needed. Separate toilet area. Very quiet room despite being 10 yards from elevators and only on the 5th floor. Room service for lunch was fast and lots of healthy options if that is what you want. Sign up for the Langham frequent guest program (free) for free internet access. Has a gym but did not use it because the lakeshore path is close. Heard a man checking out saying he usually stays at the Four Seasons but would now just choose the Langham.
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- Conveniently located downtown in a landmark building designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, luxury hotel The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago’s retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city’s premier tourist sites. ... more less
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