My Birthday Staycation at The Langham

September 2, 2019

 The Langham
The Langham Chicago Lobby

Luxury Hotel Chicago
The Langham Chicago

If you know anything about me, you know about my love affair with The Langham hotel in Chicago. I fell in love years ago after enjoying afternoon tea in their beautiful lobby and ever since, I've always viewed it as such a special place. So special in fact that my husband Dan and I were married there in October 2017!

My Husband and Me on Our Wedding Day

I could think of no better place to celebrate my recent birthday than with a Chicago staycation at The Langham!

We booked a room with The Langham Club privileges, which includes access to the club lounge with a breakfast buffet, all-day refreshments, afternoon tea, premium bar service and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. The club also includes private check in and check out, and butlers to help with any type of request. If you don't plan to leave the hotel and want to take advantage of all of the hotel's amenities, it's definitely worth adding club access to your reservation.

The Langham
The Langham Club Lounge

The Langham Club Lounge
The Langham Club Dining Area

Langham Club
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea The Langham
Afternoon Tea at The Langham

The Langham Club
Evening Snacks
The Club Lounge is a great place to enjoy the panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and the Chicago River.  There is also a Writer’s Corner and Library where you can work or relax.

View from the Langham Club lounge

The Langham
The Writer's Corner

The Writer's Corner
After check in, we were escorted to our suite which was BEAUTIFUL and gigantic. It had its own sitting area with a dining table, fold out couch, and half bath, in addition to a king size bedroom and spacious bathroom.

Langham Suite
Suite Sitting Area

One Bedroom Suite
Suite Bedroom

One bedroom suite
Suite Bathroom
One additional perk of access to The Langham Club is use of the hotel's car. It's a first come, first served service and they will take you anywhere within a two mile radius of the hotel. We caught a ride to dinner in the Loop - it definitely beats taking a Lyft!

Langham CLub
The Langham Club Car Service
After dinner, we returned to find a lovely surprise in our room from the hotel - a bottle of sparkling wine (the same wine served at our wedding!) and cake!

A surprise from The Langham

We made it back to the room in time to enjoy the Saturday night fireworks from Navy Pier too!

View of Navy Pier fireworks from our room

The next morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet in the club lounge. The food is always something different, and the housemade pastries are divine!

Breakfast at The Langham Club

After breakfast I spent the day at The Langham's Chuan Spa. It's one of the best spas I've ever visited, and my secret hiding place in the dead of winter. One of the best parts of the spa? These heated stone loungers where you can relax before or after a spa service.

Chuan Spa
Stone Lounger at Chuan Spa
I indulged in a 60 minute massage that incorporated acupressure. It was such a delight! After my service, my therapist gave me a glass of bubbly and chocolate to continue the birthday celebration.

 Chuan Spa
Birthday Bubbly and Chocolate
After my massage, my husband and I relaxed in the pool and hot tub. It's truly a calming urban oasis! There is also a well-equipped gym and group fitness studio. Club Lounge access also includes one complimentary group fitness class during your stay.

Langham Pool
The Langham Pool and Hot Tub

One additional perk of staying at The Langham is the ability to book the Cinema Suite for FREE. It's a beautiful and comfortable room with seating for 12 people. You can watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show or choose from a selection of nearly 100 movies. We opted to watch the movie Baby Driver (which I had never heard of but ending up loving!) from the comfortable reclining chairs.  It was a nice way to continue the relaxation theme after my spa day.

Langham Cinema Suite
The Langham Cinema Suite

Dan and Me in the Cinema Suite

There is also a dining menu if you'd like to order candy, snacks, or other treats to enjoy during your cinema experience. I think this is SUCH a hidden hem in the city. Talk about a major benefit of staying at The Langham!

Langham CInema Suite
Cinema Suite Menu

Later that night, we dressed up for dinner at Travelle, The Langham's all-day restaurant. It's a beautiful space with a glass kitchen allowing diners a glimpse of the action in the kitchen, plus an extensive wine display that lights up the dining room.

Dan and Me at Travelle
Travelle's Dining Room
Travelle offers a four-course, plant-based dinner series with Green City Market featuring market-fresh ingredients through the end of October. We ordered one of the seasonal dishes that caught our eye, a peach and burrata salad covered with a peach "veil" and topped with sourdough breadcrumbs and peach jam.

Travelle Chicago
Peaches and Burrata
Our next course was ahi tuna crudo with raspberry rose water dashi (broth) and black lime powder. The tuna was arranged to look like a flower and was so refreshing!

Travelle Chicago
Ahi Tuna Crudo

For our main courses, we decided to split a few entrees and sides including the filet mignon with bordelaise and romesco sauces, truffled potato gnocchi with beurre blanc, loaded crispy potatoes, and wok-fried green beans. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every dish we ordered was perfection! The steak was perfectly cooked, the green beans were downright addicting (thanks to some nuoc cham, mint, chili, and peanuts) and the gnocchi and crispy potatoes were comfort food at its finest.

Travelle Chicago
Filet Mignon
Travelle Chicago
Loaded Crispy Potatoes

Travelle Chicago
Wok-fried Green Beans

While we were stuffed at this point, we saved room for a birthday dessert. We opted for the Banoffee Bread Pudding with toffee caramel and banana ice cream.

Travelle Chicago
Banoffee Bread Pudding
The Travelle team also sent out a special vanilla cake birthday surprise!

Travelle Chicago
Vanilla Birthday Cake
It was a sweet ending to a superb staycation!

Travelle Chicago
Making a birthday wish!
With cooler months headed our way, I highly recommend a staycation at The Langham. It's the perfect urban oasis with best-in-class amenities, spa services, on-site dining, and overall service. You'll literally never want to leave (and you won't have to)! The team at The Langham really understands the importance of celebrations, large or small, and goes out of their way to truly make your experience unforgettable.

Note: I received a media rate to stay at The Langham and a complimentary meal at Travelle to facilitate this post.

330 N. Wabash St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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