In a way I feel sad for the Langham in Boston. It's a great brand with a great heritage, but its Boston property has a distinct problem: INFRASTRUCTURE.
There is nothing that can be done about that, given the fact that the building was the old (in Boston, that means really old) Federal Reserve Bank building. So it has a massive girth, squat height, and wave upon wave of granite facade asking with all of its might that you stay away. The end result, once you do find a way in, is a forced imposition of elegance which, to my experience, did nothing to fight back the overall impression of claustrophobia. Not helpful is the window treatment I found in my room: a relatively small double hung window with an insulating pane screwed in to keep away any access to fresh air and a huge awning covering almost half of the visible exterior space, resulting in a bunker-like view. The location of the building in the continually deadening old center of finance in Boston leaves one with the simple impression that better hotels are to be found.
Everything about the service levels during my stay were superb; cheerful and efficient checkin and room service. Welcoming all about. Again, however, I can only feel sad that nothing can be done about the structure and its enveloping gloom...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in a famous architectural landmark, The Langham, Boston offers a unique blend of history, charm and urban sophistication. The hotel is in Boston's financial district and within a 5 min walk to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It is also steps away from the Boston Harbor, the North End, Boston's finest shopping district, major colleges and universities, theaters, and the Freedom Trail to name a few. The Langham, Boston is ideally located for both business and pleasure and offers three delectable dining options,The Reserve, boasts a polished aesthetic that reflects the elegance for which The Langham, Boston is known. Sip, savor and socialize, in the refined lounge serving inspiring cocktails and Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood daily. Bond is a premiere destination for cosmopolitan dining, cocktails and entertainment. Cafe Fleuri offers contemporary New England cuisine for full breakfast and Lunch (mon-fri)and our decadent Saturday Chocolate Bar and renowned Sunday Brunch. All guests at The Langham, Boston enjoy our signature Langham Turn Down service, plush robes and slippers, and full complimentary use of the fitness center and indoor heated pool and jacuzzi in our charming and intimate pool pavilion. ... more less
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