I was pleased to have the opportunity to stay at the Langham, Boston this past weekend. The Langham is one of Boston’s premiere hotels, and has maintained its four-diamond status for thirty consecutive years. Originally, I had planned to use the app “Hotel Tonight” to book our one-night stay at the last minute (hoping for the Boston Harbor Hotel), but was a little bit scared when I found out that the International Fiscal Congress was having a large meeting in Boston that caused many of the city’s luxury hotels to have very few rooms left. When I saw Hotel Tonight’s minimal offerings for the evening of our stay, I called the Langham to attempt making a reservation less than 3 hours before check-in time on the night we were staying. I was hoping for a slightly better deal than the $475 advertised rate on a “Superior Room” with two double beds. When I called, the hotel operator picked up almost instantly, and my transfer to in-house reservations was just as quick. The friendly reservation agent I spoke with was very helpful, and offered me the room at $299, without my even inquiring about a discount. Hearing some hesitation in my voice, she told me to hold on a minute while she checked with her boss, then returned to offer me $250 per night, which I couldn’t pass by.
After a few hours on the road, we arrived at the Langham, just fifteen minutes after check-in began. The valets and bell staff were very busy keeping up with the incoming swarm of cars, and even though we only had two pieces of luggage, they still offered to help us with our luggage, which we passed up on considering how busy they were.
Check-in took less than 15 minutes, despite having to wait in line. We were given a room on the eighth floor (out of nine total), shown where the concierge is located, and instructed on how to get to the pool on the third floor.
Our room, 823, was of average size, but tastefully furnished. Much of the furniture showed its age rather clearly, but it somehow seemed to add to the grandeur of the room. The beds were elegantly outfitted with a decorative top sheet and scarf, the latter of which appeared rather outdated. The bathroom was spacious and elegant, with amenities from the hotel’s acclaimed spa. The room was full of those “little touches,” a note from our housekeeper introducing herself and a card with tomorrow’s weather handwritten at turndown.
We used the swimming pool and hot tub during our stay, and were thoroughly impressed with both facilities. The swimming pool has one lane sectioned off for swimming laps, and the rest of the pool is one large, open section. The pool was a little bit cold, and the room itself was freezing. This made the hot tub even more enjoyable, whose jets are nice and powerful!
We did not have the opportunity to dine in BOND, though we enjoyed breakfast at Café Fleuri the next morning. Their breakfast buffet on Sunday morning was reasonably priced (for Boston, that is) at $28 per adult, with a discounted price for children twelve and under. The selection was overwhelming, and everything I had was very good. I would say it ranks up there with the best hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had.
Service was warm, though it isn’t one of those places where they try to anticipate your every need (think Four Seasons). However, for us, it was exactly what we like...there when you need it, but not annoyingly so. Everyone we had the pleasure of dealing with was warm and friendly, including the concierge who made dining suggestions based on where we were going, and how to avoid traffic when leaving town.
The location of the hotel is unique...its one of very few hotels in the financial district, an area I’ve never stayed at before. I’m sure during the work week the locale is very busy, but on the weekend, it was deserted. That said, it was nice and quiet and it felt like we had the whole city to ourselves. Despite how deserted it was, we still felt safe walking back to the hotel at dusk.
There are a few areas where they can improve. Their new lobby is absolutely gorgeous, but its “fifty shades of white” scheme is dull and a little bit of color would really liven it up. It’s modern design scheme is elegant and glamorous, while still maintaining a style that pays homage to its historic heritage. The rest of the hotel, however, including the Café, event spaces, corridors, and ESPECIALLY the guest rooms would certainly benefit by being updated, keeping with the new style of the lobby. The only other issues we had were with things seemingly beyond the Langham’s control...water pressure was terrible in the shower, and the walls were paper thin.
Boston isn’t one of my favorite cities, but the Langham is certainly one of my favorite hotels. Its warm staff, charming facilities, and old world grandeur make for an amazing hotel experience. I certainly look forward to returning whenever I return to Boston, and I would recommend it highly. The Langham isn’t perfect, but it sure comes close.
- 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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