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Stephanie Williams, is an interior designer,  writer and travel communicator. Stephanie was the first editor of Qantas epiQure and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, television and online.  She also has a love of fashion design, borne while working for Comme des Garcons

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HOTEL HEAVEN: The First Mies van der Rohe Hotel, The Langham, Chicago

HOTEL HEAVEN: The First Mies van der Rohe Hotel, The Langham, Chicago

The newest North American addition to Langham Hospitality Group’s luxury portfolio, The Langham, Chicago resides within the landmark, 52-story riverfront AMA Plaza,  designed by the renowned mid-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

With 316 guest rooms and suites, this is the company’s first purpose-built hotel in the United States and the first hotel anywhere in the world to reside in a Mies van der Rohe designed building. Opened in 1971 as IBM’s regional headquarters, the building was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. As the only Mies building to feature double-paned glass, now called thermopanes, it was on the forefront of the “green” movement. Inside, warm colour tones, rich textiles and dark woods create open and inviting spaces. And the floor-to-ceiling windows provide large views of the Chicago skyline and river. 

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The hotel features a fine art collection with more than 150 pieces of distinctive artworks. The Langham, Chicago features a 22,000 square feet Health Club housing Langham’s signature Chuan Spa; two restaurants, Travelle Kitchen + Bar and Elle on the River, the Pavilion Lounge for afternoon tea; Langham Club with butler service, light meals and business facilities and 15,000 square feet of meeting space including the elegant Devonshire Ballroom.

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Reservations for Langham hotels can be made here.

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