The Langham Boston blends a rich history with all of the amenities of a sophisticated luxury hotel. This AAA four-diamond hotel, once the Federal Reserve Bank, is a national architectural monument and one of Boston’s best hotels, attractive for both business and leisure travellers due to its prominent position in the centre of the city.
Back in 2019, the hotel closed its doors for a one-year renovation, but two years and $200 million later, it reopened in 2021 with a fresh and modern appearance.
At The Langham, Boston guests can enjoy the hotel’s signature Langham Turn Down service, luxurious robes and slippers, and full use of the fitness centre, indoor heated pool, and jacuzzi in the hotel’s private pool pavilion, along with superb dining and bar offerings, and Club Lounge access for guests in suite and premium level rooms.
Location & Service
The hotel is located in the centre of Boston’s Financial District and is just a 15-minute drive from the airport, making it extra accessible and favourable to those on business or on a short break to Boston. The area is peaceful at night, yet it is only a 10-minute walk to Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and other major attractions. The nearest metro station is also a five-minute walk away, where every T (subway) line connects here, providing quick access to virtually every outside district. While the neighbourhood is bustling during the day, it becomes rather quiet at night, while still providing easy access to many of the city’s greatest restaurants and bars.
The service at The Langham is as one would expect from a hotel of this level of five-star luxury – with staff that have a nothing is too much attitude and the perfect blend of formal and welcoming. A London-style taxicab, brought over from the UK and painted in Langham’s signature pink colour, is also available for free transportation within two miles of the hotel.
Style & Character
The building is a National Architectural Landmark that embraces and honours its lengthy history and European heritage. While there are aspects of classic 18th-century style throughout the hotel (plenty of marble, gold and blue accents, and antiques), the hotel also offers modern luxuries and effortlessly marries the two.
Given its location, there are a lot of business people in expensive suits flowing in and out, confirming the sense that the hotel is a home for movers and shakers, despite the fact that it also throws a lot of wedding receptions in its exquisite ballrooms.
Throughout the hotel, classic furniture and New England-chic décor include banquette seating, dramatic art and photographs grouped on every wall, whilst dollar-bill-inspired carpeting, and banker’s-box drawers gracing the lobby walls.
The hotel commissioned all of the art on-site (and in every room) through the Copley Society of Art, the country’s oldest non-profit arts organisation, in a major effort that kept 350 local artists busy during the pandemic.
Rooms & Suites
The Langham boasts 317 rooms and suites, and the local theme extends here as well: photos of New England nature, baseball, and Boston sceneries cover the walls. While the rooms are undeniably modern and full of luxury amenities – cloud-like mattresses; fluffy robes; heated toilets; Langham’s Chuan Spa products – there are also vintage-inspired elements, such as storage boxes reminiscent of old-world steamer trunks.
Guests of any suite or premier room will also have access to the Langham Club, one of the hotel’s new features, where guests can step into a world of exclusive luxury. The Club offers a range of premium privileges designed to make your stay even more special such as delightful refreshments, including an omelette station, petit fours, canapés, and culinary creations from acclaimed Chef Stephen Bukoff.
The true gems are found in the apartments, where luxuries such as velvet-soft robes and a heavenly bed may make you forget about the hectic world outside. Book a suite with top-floor views as well as a big white-marble bathroom with heated flooring and a steam shower. We also loved the loft-style apartments on the second level for even more space: Their original two-story bank windows transform them into duplexes, equipped with a dining space overlooking Post Office Square’s rich greenery and pergolas.
The 317 rooms and suites all have a vintage yet glamorous vibe to them, with dark oak furnishings and pastel-coloured decor. Modern facilities, on the other hand, include Keurig coffeemakers, iHome docking stations, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of outlets. The Italian marble bathrooms are filled with Chuan Spa bath items, and housekeeping is provided twice daily to ensure you have all you need. All rooms have a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline or the Post Office Square park.
Dining & Drinks
The reopening of The Langham also welcomed the arrival of two high-profile newcomers to Boston’s growing restaurant scene: The Fed, a dramatic wood-paneled bar that evokes an elegant British pub – but with distinctively Boston cuisine (think delicious lobster rolls and clam chowder).
The headliner of the culinary show, though, is Grana, a classic family style restaurant which is situated in the former bank’s magnificent entry atrium with antique doors. This soaring, light-filled environment set in the former Federal Reserve Bank’s grand hall, Grana is where glamour meets worn-in authenticity. Feast on delicious Italian family-style dishes, designed to inspire long conversations and shared memories with your loved ones. With a tall ceiling designed to imitate skylights, robin’s-egg blue banquettes, plush blue-and-green patterned carpets inspired by the hall’s original tiled flooring – sets the scene for head chef Stephen Bukoff’s classic Italian favourites.
Since the hotel closed in 2019 for a two-year refurbishment, Bostonians have been anxious to return to the ground-floor whiskey bar and a cavernous Italian restaurant in the former bank’s great hall, both located off scenic Post Office Square.