While borders around the world continue to re-open, sometimes it is nice to enjoy all that our own backyard has to offer. Brownell’s own Beth Flowers and Austin Leatherbury recently set out on a whirlwind tour to discover the top experiences in three of our favorite US destinations: Boston, New York, and Chicago. Besides the obvious things like great baseball, world-renowned museums, and shopping these three towns are also home to a very special hotel brand: Langham.
See below for a round-up on all three hotels and their local neighborhoods for inspiration on your next getaway:
The Langham Boston – this hotel may have just opened its doors (no, really! The grand opening was June 2021), but the building is steeped with US history. In fact, it is a national landmark as it was the former home of the Federal Reserve Bank. The hotel is tucked in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston.
North End dining is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel and boasts an amazing plethora of authentic Italian food. The neighborhood is filled with casual delis and trattorias, and makes for a fun way to explore this special corner of Boston.
If you can tear yourself away from the creative craft cocktails at The Fed (the hotel’s stunning new bar that feels like a well-appointed speak-easy), check out Yvonne’s for a lively atmosphere with playful décor and delicious food and cocktails.
Boston is the mecca for any US-history aficionado, but don’t forget to checkout the seaport which is a quick walk from the hotel. The waterfront offers great rooftop restaurants and views of the harbor. You can also tour the area near Faneuil Hall, walk the Freedom Trail, or enjoy some fresh air at Boston Commons.
If you didn’t get your Italian fix in the North End, the Langham’s concierge (which is a wealth of knowledge!), can set up a Cannoli Tour.
New York, NY
The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue – the hotel’s address says it all: location, location, location. The hotel is centrally located and offers the best landing pad to explore all that the city has to offer.
Keens Steakhouse is a quick walk from the hotel and a Manhattan treasure. This steakhouse served some of the most famous history figures and film stars throughout its lengthy history. The evidence of which can be found on its ceilings and walls in the form of fragile clay pipes that belonged to famous patrons such as Babe Ruth and Albert Einstein, among others.
The Sky Terrace, discreetly hidden behind Room #1001 at the Langham offers stunning city views, delicious cocktails, and a menu curated by the culinary team behind Michelin-starred Ai Fiori.
Right around the corner from The Langham, is an enchanting lesser-known museum: The Morgan Library and Museum. For the book lovers or those seeking something off the beaten path, the museum has a brilliant, eclectic collection of books and stunning murals. If you’re craving green spaces and fresh air, walk over to Bryant Park, located just behind the more famous library in town: The New York City Public Library. The park boasts over 9 acres of green space and offers a variety of complimentary activities like yoga and live performances.
The Langham’s most famous neighbor is the Empire State Building (many of the rooms boast up close views of this iconic NYC landmark). Check out the 102nd floor Observation Deck for the best views of the entire city.
The Langham, Chicago – located steps from the Chicago River and just 1 block from Michigan Avenue, the hotel’s downtown location is the ideal spot for exploring the Windy City.
The Riverwalk offers everything from authentic Chicago pizza (Pizzeria Portofino, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria) to delicious Italian and seafood (Beatnik on the River, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab).
Travelle – the Langham’s buzzy bar and restaurant is famous with locals for their creative and outside-the-box cocktails. If getting out and about, a few favorite neighboring watering holes include Beatnik on the River, Three Dots and a Dash, and Untitled Supper Club.
The Langham Chicago is the perfect home-base for the city’s top attractions and must-do activities like: take in an architecture tour, walk the lakefront (in the spring or summer months, of course), shop along the Magnificent Mile.
The Langham’s concierge can even arrange for a kayak or boating trip on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.