Travel

Langham Place New York

July 5, 2016

It’s been over a week since I’ve returned home from New York and I’m still energized to the point of almost glowing from my trip because I had such an amazing time. Today I’m sharing something a bit different than I normally do on The Beauty Look Book because when I have an experience that is out of the ordinary I want everyone to know. During our week in New York my husband and I stayed at Langham Place New York located in Midtown Manhattan and it is the best hotel we have ever stayed at. Prior to our trip it took quite a while for me to research hotels – to date my husband and I plan our trips on our own and my go-to review source for hotels is TripAdvisor which helps me narrow down places by location, ratings, price point etc. I picked out Langham Place New York after much consideration and I am beyond thrilled that I did. The hotel exceeded our expectations in every way. I think it is rare that I can say that something was perfect in every way, but my experience staying here was. The service was top notch right from the time we booked our rooms all the way to the day we checked out. In a city that never sleeps, being able to stay at a place that feels like a relaxing home away from home was priceless.
Langham Place New York is located on 5th Avenue within walking distance from the Empire State Building. We found it to be the perfect location for us even though getting around the city is very easy, we found it central to all the places we wanted to visit. Aside from location, spacious modern rooms, luxurious feel, the best thing about this hotel is the service. Everyone was welcoming, friendly, professional, courteous and each person went out of their way to be helpful in any and every way possible.

The rooms have a residence feel with a very open and spacious feel. A repeated theme on hotel reviews for New York is that hotel rooms are small and expensive. If you read the reviews on Langham Place New York, one thing that will stand out is everyone comments on how spacious the rooms are and most have said the service is phenomenal. I wholeheartedly agree and upon entering our room, both my husband and I were blown away. He did not want to splurge for our trip on the hotel, but this experience changed his mind completely and by the end he agreed that this place is indeed worth the splurge. Our room had a mini kitchen and separate living area near the entrance. Also not shown included a Miele laundry machine + dryer. I did not do laundry on this trip but my husband did as he hates traveling with dirty socks even if he brings extra pairs with him.

A look inside the hotel, mainly our room. After staying here for four nights, I did not want to leave. If you look closely below you will see a Nespresso machine. Heart won! They also leave the most amazing cookies on the nightstands during turn down along with bottled water. Heart won yet again 🙂

View from our room:

A very kind welcome note left by the Managing Director. I’ve never received a welcome note before so this touched my heart to the core!

Can I transport this bathroom to my own home please? 

TV monitor built into the mirror!

Husband’s half of the bathroom:

Travel minis that I brought with me:

Sunset view:

Travel beauty: 

Fully equipped fitness center:

In room breakfast with a view: 

During our stay we had room service for breakfast once which was simple yet refreshing. We wanted to try the restaurant Ai Fiori as it had amazing reviews but we were only in town for a short time and chose to explore the city instead. Everyone on the staff from the doormen to concierge and room service was very helpful – I cannot express in words how impressed I was. Literally everyone greets you in the most welcoming way (this happened throughout our entire stay).  The Langham Place New York hotel takes luxury to a new level and after having such a great experience and I will definitely have this place at the top of my list for the next time I visit New York.

I will have a post tomorrow on packing and how I fit everything into a carry on going to New York, but I wanted to make a quick note that by the end of my trip, I had more than I could carry in a suit case so I decided to ship a large box back home via FedEx. I packed what I wanted to ship in a large bag and was about to hail a cab to a FedEx shipping center when one of the doormen kindly told me the concierge would pack and ship everything for me from the hotel. I was still curious about how much it would cost (and how long it would take) to ship on my own for reference in case some readers are traveling to a hotel or destination that does not offer the same service. He kindly pointed me in the direction of a FedEx that was a lot closer than the one I was headed towards initially. It was within a 5 minute walk and actually inside the Empire State Building (just around the corner from the main entrance). As I was shipping my box I thought was pretty neat to be inside the side walls of the Empire State Building. The shipping process was quick and easy, they measured, boxed and packed everything for me and sat me down at one of the stations to enter my shipping and payment information. The whole process took maybe 5 minutes at most and there was no line when I arrived. It cost me only $40ish to ship a large box about 20 pounds second day which I thought was very reasonable.
Back to a few more thoughts on Langham Place New York. I think there’s nothing that can match a really good hotel experience and if you are able to stay here while in New York, I think you will enjoy it as well. In all the years and places I’ve traveled to there have been very few hotels I’ve stayed at that have made a strong enough impression to be memorable, Langham Place has made the list. You can see more about their rooms and amenities on their website gallery.
If you’re researching New York City hotels for trips I hope you found this review helpful! The number of options are almost overwhelming and it took me hours and days of making lists, checking availability and checking my list again to narrow down which one to stay at. I hands down recommend Langham Place New York. If you have any favorites I would love to hear about where your go-to spots are. It’s been a long time since I’ve last been to New York and after having visited I do think I need to try to go more often. I already cannot wait until my next trip back.

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  • That bathroom looks amazing.

  • Anonymous

    so confused why you would post this, the prices are way beyond what anyone could afford $6000?!!! is that right?!!! was this comped for you? how on earth would anyone be able to afford this? not really helpful for 99.9% of your readers

    • $6000? That's the most expensive. You can get a room around $650…way too expensive for me, but not $6000. Actually, it's about double some other hotels…

    • Anonymous

      Ah!!!! Just like in my profession. Can't make everyone happy, I like to "visit" other people's travel. I was delighted to see your Europe trip and your share last year. Same applies here. I love New York City. I wish I live there six months out of the year, is how much I enjoy the place. The few times I visit, I either took a $15 one way bus ride from Boston to NYC Chinatown. Twice I stayed in Holiday Inn Chinatown and it was $300 a day. The other two times I stayed at E. Houston Hotel. The room was size of a shoebox. I will never pay for a hotel like this, because it will never leave the room to visit the city. Life is short. My mother passed 4 months ago on this date. I miss my mother everyday. I make an effort to be positive. I thought it said somewhere $600 per night. Whatever the price, sharing memories are priceless.

    • Believe it or not, $600 a night is super reasonable in midtown of NYC, especially considering how lovely and luxurious it looks. For three hundred you could expect something along the lines of a decent but not extravagant hotel in most other places. For under two hundred you are staying in what is basically a closet, without any security or hospitality, and for less than a hundred you are literally staying home, because that's not happening in NYC unless you're okay with a hostel in Brooklyn. seriously.

      Personally, this is super far out of my budget, but I love seeing a different lifestyle — a girl can dream, right? 🙂 I live in NYC during college, and I would love to be able to move back! I often wish I had never left, but as heart stopping as the hotel prices can be, apartment prices are even more terrifying!!

      love seeing your trip! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    What a luxurious place to stay, I've been to the Langham Pasadena, but the New York location looks super dreamy, thank you for sharing with us!

    • One of my friends has had tea at the Langham Pasadena, it's on my list to visit!

  • Alex

    I have a trip planned to NYC later in the fall and will also be staying at Langham Place, I literally cannot wait!

    • Hi Alex – so excited for you, I think you will definitely enjoy!

  • I can only dream of staying in a hotel like this. My Dear Husband's nightly price for a hotel room never exceeds $300/night. And even then he considers that a huge, special occasion splurge.

    • It was definitely a splurge!

  • That hotel looks breathtaking! Definitely something on my bucketlist for when I visit New York, think i'll need to save for a few years though hahah. Holly x I don't mind the look of these and would certainly be tempted to try these out if I see a 50% off sale! I am always quite impressed by the quality of L'oreals products so it's good to hear this is no exception. Great review, you've won me over! Holly x | http://www.thechroniclesofholly.com/

    • Thank you Holly – they do have offers and deals for extended stays. I do think it's worth saving up for!

  • The hotel looks breathtaking! I would absolutely adore to stay there, think i'd need to save for a long time though aha. Excellent post and photos. Holly x | http://www.thechroniclesofholly.com/

  • Unlike a lot of hotels in NYC, Langham Place is new construction, I think built within the last 5 years so it is built to modern expectations (I totally appreciate all that space and beauty) rather than a converted apartment building. I stayed in an older but popular hotel once when I needed to be closer to work and I'm lucky I'm not claustrophobic! lol The room was probably half the size of my bedroom but the bathroom was amazing and they also left the best fresh baked cookies in my room as well. I'm a bit of a princess, I don't really like to stay in utilitarian hotels so I like to save up and treat myself…kine of like makeup. =)

    • I've heard lots of hotels in NYC are small!

  • Anonymous

    I go to NYC several times a year and like to stay in boutique hotels like the Standard. I would never spend $1000 a night on a hotel room in NYC because spending money on good food, clothes, and theater is far more important to me. I never spend more than $400 on a room because there's so much to do and see beyond my room.

  • I love being an armchair traveler so thank you for sharing your incredible hotel experience. The accommodations were flawless and you looked so comfy-cozy sitting on that bed 🙂 The Langham is definitely a splurge, but staying in a place like that, being treated like royalty, can be an unforgettable part of a trip. I'm so glad you and your husband were able to have that luxurious experience and I'm so glad you shared it with us.

    As for the couple negative reactions to the cost of your hotel stay, I really don't understand why anyone would think it was their business. After all, it was your vacation and from what I've read so far, it appears it was a most memorable one.

    • Thank you Eileen – so glad you liked reading about our experience 🙂

  • Hubs and I stayed in Andaz on Wall St., and it had the same vibes – gorgeous view, huge room, and a big granite bathroom with a hot tub. The closet space was something else, too: the design made it look like a big rotating block of wood with sections. What a clever way to save space! And since we are not coffee drinkers, we borrowed an electric tea kettle from the restaurant downstairs, which came with an unlimited supply of my favorite Harney & Sons tea. Ahh, can't wait to go back to NYC 🙂

    • Hi Anastasia, will add Andaz to our list to check out! Sounds right up our alley 🙂 I can't wait to go back too!

  • I've got to jump in – it's a vacation. If you can splurge on the cost for a hotel like that why not? I mean,it's a VACATION and being gone that long for home…well I'd want to be comfortable. And new construction in NYC means a quieter night's sleep! Go treat yourself and enjoy Sabrina – we work hard, why not enjoy the splurge?

    • Sending you lots of hugs Lori!!

  • Nicole

    I have a visit to NYC planned this November to stay for a week from the Thanksgiving Day parade through the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting. I had originally planned to stay at the New York Palace, but changed my plans to Langham Place based on your recommendation. Thanks, Sabrina! I know this post is a bit off-the-reservation for you and it's garnering a few aggressive comments, but I really enjoyed and appreciated it and would enjoy seeing more of this in the future!

    • Thank you Nicole – how exciting to visit during Thanksgiving to see the parade! Sounds like the perfect time to visit – thrilled you will be staying at Langham Place. Although I just took a look at the New York Palace which looks gorgeous too!

      So many options to choose from, I hope you enjoy your trip! Wish my husband and I were advance planners like you 🙂

  • Langham looks like a nice hotel. I am sure they will appreciate the good word you put in.

    Have you used Agoda for bookings and reviews? It's my favorite, actually, for hotel reviews, as reviewers generally make the purchase themselves, so they give reviews according to their price point. I find that Tripadvisor are better for sightseeing reviews but lack context when it comes to accommodations.

    • Hi TravelingBlush, I have not used Agoda but thank you for the recommendation, I will give it a look for our next trip 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I loved this post. Luxury in one of the most expensive cities in the world looks like that and costs like that. It doesn't matter what some of your readers can or cannot afford. You pick the most beautiful things and make beautiful pictures and it's a bit of escapism and dreaming for the rest of us loyal blog followers! Btw, I live in New York and used to live in a new construction apartment building and it was just that cool. Love your blog and I quite enjoy the occasional forays into traveling and hotels and meals and packing etc. Keep it up please!

    • Thank you so much, happy to hear this. A bit jealous you live in NY! Part of me wants to move there because it seems so amazing.

  • Sabrina I loved this review! Cost is different to many people…some love Mac and others Tom Ford, I hope to stay at the Langham soon.

    • Thank you Sunnyhm – xoxo.

  • Cheryl

    What a beautiful hotel!! Thank you for sharing it with your readers. I love NYC and so far my favorite hotel there is the Hotel Elysee. I've stayed there twice (each time for a week) and it's like a home away from home for me. Fantastic location too. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, just took a look at Hotel Elysee and it looks like a great place! Will add it to our list for future trips 🙂

  • Sabrina, what colors are in the 4 pan mac shadows?

    • Hi Mars, there are a few palettes, but they are Anastasia Eyeshadows. Labels updated above. The Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick is Golden Pink, hth!

  • Sabrina one more question what's the name of the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick you took along with you??

  • Anonymous

    Great post, my favorite hotel is the Towers at the New York Palace hotel. Great location, right across from Saks and the rooms are large.

  • Hi, Sabrina,
    I frequently enjoy your blog, as your taste in makeup, skin care, shoes and travel are similar and/or #goals! Your photography is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and story of your NYC trip, what a great way to share this experience with your fellow beauty enthusiasts. On my bucket list now, for sure! I just want to thank you for doing what you do 🙂
    xo,
    Kim

    • Thank you so much Kim, nothing makes me happier than to hear things like this from readers and fellow beauty lovers 🙂