BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Hotels: The Langham, Chicago

  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
    Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
    Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
    Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
    Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
    Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Photo by Mike Schwartz
  • Becca Hensley

The world’s only hotel to occupy a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–designed building, the new Langham, Chicago (312.923.9988, www.langhamhotels.com), is a worthy tribute to the great Bauhaus architect. Debuted in September in an imposing glass tower along the Chicago River, the hotel abounds with appropriate touches, including Mies-inspired furnishings designed by the luminary’s grandson, Dirk Lohan of the Chicago-based firm Lohan Anderson. The 316-room property—which occupies the first 13 floors of the 52-story tower—breaks with form at times, as in the plush-carpeted guest rooms and suites and the Eastern-inspired Chuan Spa. The David Rockwell–designed Travalle restaurant serves as the hotel’s most authentic interpretation of Bauhaus, with glass walls, clean lines, and minimalist wood-and-metal furnishings. ($295–$6,000)  

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