Elegant, inviting, steeped in history yet full of urban sophistication, The Langham, Boston opens its doors to guests this summer to reveal a design that equally reflects its history and its future with its first major renovation since the brand first acquired the building at 250 Franklin Street in Boston, MA.
Built in 1922 as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the building has an important role in the nation’s banking history. Today, The Langham Hotels & Resorts, an internationally renowned hotel brand, has transformed this national landmark into one of the nation’s finest hotels with a multi-million renovation. The hotel is opening later this month and is now accepting reservations.
“We are very excited about what the future holds for The Langham, Boston,” said Michele Grosso, managing director. “Our hotel has a robust history within the city of Boston, as a hotel, of course, but before that as the Federal Reserve Bank. This renovation will highlight the architectural grandeur of the structure and its history while also allowing The Langham to re-emerge as a new American classic hotel that will not only be the best in Boston but one of the top luxury hotels in the United States.
Langham is no stranger to creating luxury hotels within landmark buildings: The Langham, London, originally built in 1865, was renovated to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015; and the brand opened The Langham, Chicago, in the last skyscraper designed by Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, in 2013. For Boston, the brand once again called on design firm Richmond International, who did extensive research to ensure the hotel’s new décor gives nod to its roots. They preserved historic elements of the bank, including original brass casement windows and the terrazzo floor in the restaurant, Grana, that still includes the original Federal Reserve seal. Some new design elements tip their hat to the banking history, including green glass lamps, banking drawers, custom carpets inspired by the pattern found on the U.S. dollar bill and, in Grana, a sculpture commissioned to look like the head of a coin.
Richmond International also worked with Copley Society, the oldest artistic nonprofit in the United States, to create an art collection that was inspired by U.S. banking history and the hotel’s history specifically as The Federal Reserve Bank.
Those who have graced the entrance of The Langham before will experience something brand new. With newly refurbished interiors, a new restaurant, a street level cocktail pub with terrace and an art collection like nothing the hotel has ever had on display before, every single element of The Langham, Boston will be different. Guests are taking advantage of the hotel’s opening offer, New Langham, New Experience, which allows them to experience the best of the newly re-imagined hotel, including a complimentary room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily valet, breakfast for two at the Grana, a welcome amenity from the hotel’s culinary team, and a keepsake to take home.
“Guests will feel transported to a world of luxury when they enter The Langham, Boston for the first time,” said Grosso. “If they were our guests in the past, we hope they will be impressed by the new interiors, the guest room décor, the world class art collection and the stunning bar and restaurant but notice that the spirit of The Langham hospitality is still there. But whether they are old or new guests we look forward to helping them create brand new memories in our new American classic hotel.”
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250 Franklin St., Boston, MA