No question about it, put The Langham, Chicago on your must-experience bucket list. Chicago has a dizzying array of hotels from which to choose, but this one is special. Occupying the first 13 floors of an official city landmark, a 52-story skyscraper designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Langham offers guests a grand Chicago luxury experience paired with exceptional amenities for parents and their children.
Floor-to-ceiling windows with brilliant views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the surrounding skyline provide a persistent sense of place from both guest rooms and public spaces. The design has wonderful contradictions: It’s classic and timeless, yet fresh and exciting; it feels stylish, but not trendy; it’s elegant, yet approachable.
And best of all, there’s no question this hotel is kid-friendly. The Langham, Chicago invested big time in families by adding a Kids’ Suite play area. This is a most unusual feature for a city hotel. We love it!
The Langham, Chicago Family-Friendly Hotel Review
Rooms and Suites
Home to 268 rooms and 48 suites, The Langham, Chicago provides a very comfortable guest room experience. The color palette is neutral with warm, rich accents. Limestone, marble and granite double-sink bathrooms are exquisite, with state-of-the-art privacy glass. Langham Hotels’ signature spa product line, Chuan, is provided in all bathrooms.
Rooms include a fully stocked private bar and coffee maker housed in a clever cellarette. Families can choose among rooms with two double beds, connecting rooms or spacious suites. The Langham, Chicago offers outrageous two-bedroom options, the Infinity and Regent Suites, measuring 2,700 square feet with spectacular city views.
Langham Club Lounge
Club rooms and suites have access to the very special Langham Club Lounge, a stunning 4,000-square-foot private space offering complimentary breakfast, snacks, tea service, cocktails and evening hors d’oeuvres. The food and service are excellent, making the Langham Club a wonderful place to work, relax or read together. There’s both table and lounge seating for productivity and social time.
A private registration desk and butler service is available for Club guests. There were many families using the Club Lounge during our stay — it provides a comfortable place to eat with children as everyone can spread out.
Guests can book any guest room or suite in the hotel and have the ability to access the lounge. Club access is $120 per night for adults, $60 per night for children 6 and over, and complimentary for children 5 and under.
Chuan Spa and Wellness Center
East meets West at the 22,000-square-foot Chuan Spa, the ultimate place for busy parents to de-stress and unwind. The extensive wellness facilities include an herbal sauna, salt stone sauna, aromatherapy shower, and, if that isn’t enough, a chamomile-scented Oriental steam room and heated relaxation recliners. Access to these heavenly facilities is complimentary for hotel guests.
An extensive array of comprehensive face and body treatments is offered by skilled technicians. I tried the Resurfacing Stem Cell Facial and emerged refreshed and rejuvenated from the entire experience. In addition, there’s a 67-foot swimming pool that children are able to access with their parents, as well as a fitness room and a group class studio with daily classes.
Dining and Lounging at The Langham, Chicago
The main restaurant, Travelle, houses a dramatic open kitchen specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. We didn’t get the chance to try a full meal there, but we did check out the restaurant’s lounge, which has a contemporary, fun aesthetic. Meanwhile, the brand’s signature The Langham Afternoon Tea service, dating back to 1865, is offered in the light and airy Pavilion Lounge.
Something for Everyone
There’s something at The Langham, Chicago for every guest. I was there for a beloved moms’ weekend out, and we appreciated the spa and the plethora of fantastic spaces to gather and connect. That said, I wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Langham, Chicago as a family with kids of all ages.
The Kids’ Suite is ideal for families with young children who need a safe and fun place to play together (unsupervised room), and the location for Chicago sightseeing is optimal. Families are walk-out to almost everything, and public transportation is easily accessible for anything not walkable.
Rooms at The Langham, Chicago start at $395 for a family of four.
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Editor’s Note: The Langham, Chicago provided a media rate for our stay. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy.