With the arrival of the long-awaited Soho House Chicago, the luxurious Langham hotel finds itself with a bit of competition from the motherland. Both London-based properties cater to a well-heeled clientele, but which one you choose for your next staycation depends on whether you’re looking for a hip, trendy crowd or a super-sophisticated scene. The sleek, sexy Soho House is situated in the West Loop neighborhood in a former warehouse, while the Langham makes its home in an elegant River North skyscraper overlooking the Chicago River.
If you opt for a romantic weekend at the Langham, you’ll want to get one of those rooms with a view of the river, which looks especially spectacular at night. That sweeping panorama is just one more perk in a sea of luxuries, from “Blissful Beds” to 55″ TVs to marble, granite, and limestone baths with soaking tubs and rain showers. You’ll be tempted to not leave the room at all, but that would be a shame, as you’d miss out on spectacular meals at the Mediterranean-influenced Travelle restaurant and massage treatments at the tranquil Chuan Spa.
Langham’s located in the heart of one of the city’s busiest shopping and dining districts, so you’ll have plenty to do, but make a point to slow down for an hour to enjoy one of the most authentic formal afternoon tea services in town. The meal–yes, tea is a meal–takes place in the hotel’s elegant Pavilion lounge that pays homage to Barcelona Pavilion, which was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition.
While it’s patterned after the traditional tea that debuted at the original London location of the Langham in 1865, Chicago’s version is a mix of modern and old school. You’ll get to relax over proprietary Langham teas, Champagne, and an array of sweet and savory bites from Travelle’s kitchen. There’s also live piano music to help you slip into a relaxed, stress-free mood.
While a standard guest room is luxurious enough, step up your staycation with a Langham Club guest room or suite. You’ll not only enjoy complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails and canapes, but you’ll get a private car to whisk you over to the West Loop. That way you’ll have a chance to check out Soho House after all.