Part of an international brand renowned for its customer service, this Chicago luxury hotel (which opened in 2013) is the fourth Langham property in the United States. Staff members—all dressed in pink Chanel suits—greet guests warmly, then escort them to an elevator that stops at the stunning second-floor lobby of the Mies van der Rohe skyscraper. The hotel’s interior sparkles with large art installations; perhaps the most eye-catching is the lobby's assortment of suspended glass pebbles mimicing the Chicago River flowing outside.
Guest rooms are equally artful, with floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms decked out with Travertine tile walls, marble-lined tubs and soothing rain showers. The minibar is cleverly built into a custom chest of drawers filled with snacks and beverages. And all guest accommodations are at least 500 square feet, so there’s plenty of “living” room around the super-soft beds.
The hotel's Chuan Spa is a 22,000-square-foot paradise with an impressive offering of treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine. You can spend an entire morning or afternoon here going through the four-hour Eternity journey ($525), including an Experience Shower that uses aromatherapy to invigorate the senses. The pool and whirlpool are available to all guests at no additional fee. For a luxury dining experience, Travelle on the second floor serves elegant breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
All this pampering comes at a price. Langham rooms start at around $300, but the place is worth every penny if you’re willing to splurge.