The overhaul will reposition the Boston landmark to become “one of the prominent properties we have in the United States,” says Langham Hospitality’s Director of Design and Construction, Jennyfer Lacroix. Boston reports that the most notable transformation will be the main entrance to the hotel, which is receiving a new canopy and black awnings in place of the existing signature red installation.
“The lobby will feature subtle nods to the building’s history, including a colour palette inspired by bank notes and, on either side of a chesterfield sofa, lamps befitting an old-fashioned bank teller. While waiting to check in, visitors will also be able to relax in a luxe living-room-like lounge space complete with a fireplace and handmade rugs,”
The restoration will see major changes to The Langham, Boston’s meeting and event spaces and a new ballroom will be introduced. Guests will also be able to enjoy an elevated experience at the Langham Club Level, providing a private club setting and offering a diverse mix of privileges.
On the Post Office Square side of the hotel, the lobby bar (formerly called the Reserve) will receive its own street entrance, transforming the fortress-like stone structure into a more welcoming one. “We’re really trying to open up the building much more to the public and to the outside,” says Fiona Thompson, principal at Richmond International, the hospitality-design firm leading the overhaul.
In addition to the hotel’s accommodations, major changes are also in store for its event, meeting, and communal spaces. The Wilson Ballroom will receive a major facelift, and the hotel will add a new ballroom—the Lincoln—in place of Café Fleuri, where the hotel previously hosted its famed Chocolate Bar brunches. The Langham’s Wyeth Room, which showcases murals by acclaimed artist NC Wyeth, will also be refurbished and upgraded with new lighting, as will the neighbouring boardroom-style Governor’s room, which will feature plaid carpets and mahogany furnishings.
The Langham will be adding a Club Lounge, which is designed to be inviting yet exclusive. The townhouse-inspired space, available to guests who purchase an upgrade to their room reservation, will be flooded with light and feature art deco-inspired furnishings and a buffet area with stone countertops. “It’s really all about positioning the hotel as a place of five-star luxury,” Lacroix says.
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