Your New Manhattan Address
Checking in at the Langham New York is like stepping back in time to Gotham’s Heyday, when people dressed for dinner, when hotel rooms were homes-away-from-home, and when location was everything. Nick Walton makes like a local with the Big Apple’s beautiful during a recent stay in the city’s sexiest house of slumber.
New York must be one of the world’s most walkable cities, which means your hotel’s address should be far higher on its list of attributes than say, a savvy art collection or celebrity kitchen. Fortunately, the Langham New York has all three. Just steps from the Empire State Building, the Garment District, Broadway and some of Midtown’s best shopping, the Langham Place New York’s position on Fifth Ave ensures guests are always in the heart of this vibrant metropolis, while lending a Big Apple vibe that can be felt as soon as you step through glass doors into the chic yet intimate lobby.
Whisper-quite elevators whisk guests up the spine of the 60-storey tower to the 27 floors occupied by the hotel, where 214 intimate guest rooms and suites (some of the largest in the city) marry the city’s rich history with luxurious touches and cutting-edge technology thanks to a recent spruce up by acclaimed interior designers Meyer Davis. I fall in love with my one-bedroom suite within moments of arriving; dressed in white and cream, with hints of warm wood and dark chocolate, there’s a marble bathroom with deep soak tub and walk-in shower; Duxiana beds draped with Pratesi linens; a chic living room with its own beautiful book collection; and a full kitchen set up with Miele appliances and an extensive minibar packed with local gourmet bites. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you live in Manhattan, this is the space for you.
Of course, if you want to take things to the next residential level, one of the hotel’s decadent suites is a must. The Roche Bobois Penthouse, the first of two specialist suites created in collaboration with the acclaimed French interior design retailer, takes its bold and vibrant inspiration from the worlds of music and fashion. Packed with intimate signature pieces from Roche Bobois, fabrics by Maison Lacroix and Paul Smith, and pieces from the hotel’s extensive Alex Katz art collection, this sublime space features floor-to-ceiling windows; a full kitchen complete with dining table for eight; captivating cityscape vistas; and a king-sized bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and cathedral-esque bathroom.
The reality is that despite crisp service and a great address, it’s this distinctly residential feel that makes guest so loyal to the Langham New York. There’s an intimacy, an indelible intelligence to the property that doesn’t make you feel like a tourist, but more like a sophisticated Manhattanite – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re part of this amazing city? It just feels right to bundle myself up in scarf and overcoat to look the part on Fifth Ave; interrogate the concierges for the latest hidden kitchen or ground-breaking speakeasy; join the throngs of beautiful people sliding in and out of Ubers at the front steps; or slip into a deep booth at Bar Ai Fiori, home to some of the best Negronis in town, as if I’d been doing it all my life (OK, perhaps not with the Negronis).
In fact, that home-away-from-home vibe – which attracts more than the hotel’s fair share of stars and celebs – is infused into every aspect of the Langham, from Falling White, the towering teardrop installation that graces the lobby (something you could definitely see working in your own vestibule); and the elegant dining room of chef Michael White’s Michelin-starred Ai Fiori, home to Italian and French Riviera-inspired menus and weekend jazz-serenaded brunches; through to the hotel car, a thoroughly grown up Jaguar. It’s also something you’ll find at the new signature Chuan Body + Soul spa, ensuring that wherever you come from, you’ll always know where home is when visiting Manhattan. 400 Fifth Avenue New York; Tel: +1 212 695 4005;