Written by Mariana Rodrigues
Located in the heart of downtown Miami, the stylish Langford Hotel will open its doors on March 21 as the area’s first historic hotel. Built in 1925, the Langford formerly stood as the Miami National Bank, an iconic building with an impressive Beaux-Arts façade typical of the commercial architecture style seen at the height of Miami’s land boom in the 1920s. The building was designated a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The hotel has since undergone a full remodeling by developer Stambul, management company Trust Hospitality and designers Bloom Miami while maintaining historical details from the original 1925 building.
“The key here is authenticity,” says Stambul principal, Daniel Pena Giraldi. “By maintaining the original exterior Beaux Arts façade and embracing the forward-looking style of Miami’s eclectic business world, the Langford appeals to the past and present of Miami’s culture.”
Once inside, the hotel’s historic past is combined with modern, stylish touches throughout the common areas and guest rooms. Located on the second floor, the “Sky Lounge” is an inviting space for guests to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami’s busy streets, featuring white oak floors in a sophisticated herringbone pattern, comfortable, light-colored couches and distinctive Miami touches (such as decorative jai alai cestas lining the wall). The guest rooms are equally as warm and inviting, merging high-end contemporary and antique elements to create a truly unique Miami experience. Colorful vintage-styled wallpaper, headboards inspired by 1950 Cadillac seats, one-of-a-kind luggage racks, a pedestal-style bathroom sink and Waterworks bathroom fixtures are just some of the details you will find. The bi-level penthouse is striking – bright, cozy and private with impressive views of Miami’s downtown skyline.
According to General Manager Oscar Suarez, the Langford’s approach to service is another element that sets the hotel apart from other properties in the area:
“We want to provide a service that is unique to the culture of Miami. From the time a guest walks in the door, our staff is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Our goal is to make you feel welcomed, like you’ve always been here.”
The hotel is also home to PB Station, a new American eatery by the well-known Miami-based PubbellyBoys, and Pawn Broker, an urban rooftop bar featuring hand-crafted cocktails, tapas-style bites, live music and an outdoor lounge with panoramic views. Come morning, the outdoor lounge transforms into a peaceful oasis for yoga classes and relaxation.
The Langford Hotel blends old Miami with the city’s recent cultural renaissance driven by Downtown Miami’s revitalization and blossoming business and art districts. This seamless merger of old and new creates a certain charm not found in any other property in Miami today. Under one meticulously-styled roof, you can experience the glamour of Miami’s prohibition era at Pawn Broker, get a taste of the city’s diverse culinary influences at PB Station and relax in style in one of the Langford’s 126 rooms or luxurious penthouse.
The Langford Hotel is located at 121 SE 1st St., Miami, FL, 33131. Visit www.LangfordHotelMiami.com for more information.
Photos courtesy of the Langford Hotel Miami.