- Somewhat plain, sparse rooms
A luxury hotel that caters to well-heeled leisure and business travelers, with huge rooms, a renowned restaurant and a full-service spa
The 214 rooms of Langham Place (which sit beneath 184 residential condos) are housed in a modern, 60-story glass tower that was built from the ground up for the hotel's opening in 2010. Soaring above the nearby buildings, the hotel has changed the landscape of its midtown neighborhood in more ways than one, with a monopoly on 5-star luxury in a previously unexciting area.
That said, the long, yellow-lit front desk and a dramatic winding staircase do give the lobby some nice flair. Off the lobby is the big Bar on Fifth, where business associates sip on cocktails and, along with guests, listen to nightly live jazz music. One flight up is restaurateur Michael White's acclaimed Ai Fiori and its accompanying bar, serving cutting-edge Italian fare for three meals a day.
But it's the service that sets a hotel like this apart, and guests are attended to from the moment they walk in. In fact, a personal concierge will call you before you arrive, to see if you need help with things like dinner reservations. Now add a salon and the Auriga spa to the list of offerings, and you've got the makings of one of the top luxury hotels in New York.
In the heart of Manhattan, steps away from the main tourist sites and 15 subway lines
This 60-story tower is located on (you guessed it) Fifth Avenue, one of the world's most famous streets, in the heart of Manhattan. During the day, the block is constantly busy with pedestrians and a steady stream of cars, but come nightfall the immediate area is fairly desolate (the lack of bars or restaurants nearby leads to a drop off in foot traffic). Yet Langham Place Fifth Avenue is incredibly convenient for tourists: Several of New York's biggest sites and shopping areas are within walking distance, and 15 subway lines are just blocks away.
Nearby are the Empire State Building, the Fifth Avenue shopping district, Times Square and the Theater District, and Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. Other attractions within walking distance include Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and the UN building.
The rooms at Langham Place are huge and well-equipped -- but the minimalist decor can make them feel empty.
The large rooms and suites at Langham Place, which start at 400 square feet, all have king beds and the same top-notch amenities, including iPod docks, TVs in the bathrooms, and luxury linens and bedding. The beautiful, spacious bathrooms all have tubs and separate showers with rain showerheads. However, the sparse decoration (the bare walls could use some art) are a bit of a letdown.
All rooms include:
Everything you'd expect from a luxury hotel, plus a personal concierge
A formal French-Italian restaurant and a bar with nightly live jazz
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