Big news from Boston. The Langham Hotel—housed in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston dating from 1922—is closing its doors on April 1 for a top-to-bottom overhaul. To quote the official website, the hotel “will undergo an extensive renovation to reinstate and reposition it as one of the top iconic historic hotels in the country.” As recently reported by the Boston Globe, “this is the building’s first major upgrade since it was converted into a hotel in 1981.” Richard Bussiere, the hotel’s managing director, is quoted as saying that the changes “will cost north of $80 million.”
Richmond International was recruited to redesign the 317 guestrooms and suites, completely overhauling the bathrooms in white marble with walk-in showers. A new, lighter color palette will be reflected in all-new furnishings and materials. The room count will be reduced to make way for a Club Lounge on the eighth floor. There be a new lobby, and the restaurant concepts will be transformed (in fact one of the eateries will be replaced by another ballroom). According to Boston Globe, renovation work has already revealed historic details like beautiful tiles and an original Federal Reserve Bank seal. The hotel’s reopening is expected in Spring 2020.
Located at 250 Franklin Street in the Financial District, The Langham Boston draws Bostonians for its popular Sunday brunch and famous chocolate bar, which is now in its 30th season. (Psst. From now until March 23rd, the chocolate bar is showcasing the 30 Best Desserts from the last 30 years.) For a last hurrah before the hotel’s April closure, guests can take advantage of a 30 percent discount on overnight stays.