Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Chicago
London-style luxury inside a Chicago landmark.
When it opened in London in 1865, the original Langham Hotel was considered Europe’s first “grand hotel.” Nearly 150 years later, its Chicago sibling promises to be just as grand. Opening in summer 2013, it occupies floors two through thirteen of a famed Chicago skyscraper — the last ever designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe — that was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and subsequently entered into the National Register of Historic Places. In a city known for its architecture, therefore, this is a notable place, and it promises a notable stay.
Next to its architectural and historical significance, the first thing that’s remarkable about it is its location. Situated beside the Chicago River, it’s within walking distance of all of Chicago’s most popular attractions, including the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier, just to name a few. What’s more, the hotel has direct doorstep access to a river jetty, for those who wish to see Chicago by boat. Not that you’ll need a boat to view the city, as the hotel’s guest rooms — among the largest in the city — boast all the views you’ll need, along with 55-inch LCD TVs, complimentary wireless Internet, dressing salons, and marble and Travertine bathrooms.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar serves creative, seasonal American cuisine, while Pavilion hosts the Langham's traditional Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, featuring proprietary Langham teas. A screening room and private supper club are among the hotel's unique offerings.
And for wellness, it is home to Chuan Spa, with treatments based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine; facilities include herbal steam baths, Oriental steam rooms, salt saunas, heated relaxation lounges and “experience showers.”