By Sean McCaughan for CURBED
After years of renovation and conversion of an historic bank building, The Langford Hotel will finally be ready this September, and maybe one of the biggest reason yet to venture Downtown after business hours, reports HotelChatter. Built in 1925 and once home to Miami National Bank, the Beaux Arts style building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (and could be straight out of old New York). In the process of undergoing a major renovation by the design team at Bloom Miami, The Langford is a refreshing departure from the predictable multi-million dollar developments on Miami Beach and will likely have both tourists and Miami residents swooning.
The Langford will be replete with 126 rooms, a 1,400 square-foot two-story penthouse, and host to two Pubbelly Restaurant Group creations: Pawn Broker, the rooftop bar, and PB Station, the hotel restaurant. Renderings of the clean interiors and exquisite subway-tiled bar (which I already foresee no chance of getting in to on a Saturday night) show promising design choices, but still run the risk of trying too hard. The lobby will be a ‘sky lobby’ on the second floor, with a petite bilbliotheque. Here’s a bit of the press release:
The Langford Hotel is taking its place as the ideal destination for the modern traveler and explorer with an eye for classic sophistication. Upon arrival, guests will be ushered to the second floor, into the Sky Lobby, where a world-class staff will attend to their needs. Here, a coffee bar and lounge will be located alongside a petite bibliothèque where guests can indulge their literary interests with a curated selection of books and magazines on various subjects.
Here’s to hoping they keep it simple, showcasing the inherent elegance of the building and a piece of Miami’s history.—Alexandra J Miller