It’s not every day you get to stay in a national architectural landmark and enjoy pastries baked inside a former bank vault. The massive brick building that houses the Langham first opened in 1922 as the original Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In 1981 the building was converted into a hotel (Le Meridien), then became a Langham property in 2004. But bank elements remain today, including gold coin door mouldings and two original paintings by famed American artist N.C. Wyeth. Throughout its hotel lifetime, the space has hosted many an A-lister, including Julia Roberts, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and David Cameron. The rooms blend luxurious and residential-feeling, with sumptuous bedding and stunning skyline views from the higher floors.
In 2012, the hotel underwent a $6 million renovation to its lobby, which now boasts an open floor plan, dramatic entrance, and retro-feel champagne lounge called The Reserve. In Fall 2014, the hotel also wrapped up a renovation of seven function rooms, making the space more amenable to weddings and business gatherings.
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Located in the heart of the Financial District, the hotel sits near many of the city’s historic sites as well as the beautifully landscaped Rose Kennedy Parkway. Easy access to the waterfront allows visitors to take in the sights and smells of Boston Harbor. The immediate neighborhood goes quiet at night, so visitors are best served walking toward the downtown area to dining mainstays like Les Zygomates and Marliave before grabbing a nightcap at JM Curley.
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Rooms: 318 rooms, 32 suites. From $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:BOND restaurant and lounge serves global cuisine along with a full bar. The Reserve also serves the hotel’s continental breakfast and traditional English afternoon tea, as well as light dishes throughout the day. Café Fleuri’s famous Chocolate Bar features a decadent buffet of more than 100 rich desserts. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s serene Chuan Body + Soul Spa, Langham Hospitality Group’s signature brand, offers restorative facials, massages, and wraps based in traditional Chinese medicine. The spa area also includes a heated indoor pool and a two-floor, 24-hour fitness center with TV-equipped cardio equipment. Personal trainers are available for private sessions.
Who's it for: Weekday business travelers looking for luxury and accessibility; weekend visitors wanting to take in Boston’s most iconic sites. Our favorite rooms: The new Chocolate Suite plays to everyone’s inner child with confections scattered throughout the room, a special chocolate-infused room-service menu, and chocolate-themed movies (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Forrest Gump) available in-room. The suite is available on Friday and Saturday nights only. For history buffs: Visit the mezzanine-level Governors Room to browse antique maps on loan from the Boston Public Library, some dating back to the 1500s.