The Langford Hotel
121 SE 1st St., Miami, Fla.
The Pitch Housed in what was once the Miami National Bank in the city’s downtown core, The Langford Hotel bills itself as the area’s first historic hotel. The stately Beaux-Arts structure was built in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Touches from the building’s past can be found in the small main floor lobby, including original crown moulding, marble walls and ornate brass elevator doors.
The boutique property has 126 guest rooms and suites, and with only 14 rooms per floor, it has an intimate feel that makes it seem as if you’re slipping in and out of an historic apartment building rather than a hotel. Each room comes with a well-sized work area, white oak hardwood floors and teal upholstered headboards give the rooms a splash of cheerful colour. Slick bathrooms are adorned with black subway tiles and feature glass-enclosed rainfall showers. Onsite restaurant PB Station and rooftop cocktail bar Pawn Broker provide in-house dining and imbibing options, both of which are popular with area locals and downtown office workers. The hotel also offers various events including complimentary rooftop yoga.
What We Love Location, location, location. Yes, the rooms are stylish, beds sleep-past-your-alarm comfortable and the staff friendly and accommodating, but what I love most about bedding down at The Langford is the chance to be right in the heart of downtown Miami and the ease in which you can explore the city beyond the beach. The hotel puts you in easy walking distance to Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay, as well as the city’s free MetroMover, which can whisk you to the nearby and highly recommended Perez Art Museum.
Don’t Miss Cocktails under the stars at Pawn Broker, the hotel’s sleek rooftop bar with Prohibition-era vibes and beautiful views over the city. The focus here is on craft cocktails that put a unique twist on classic recipes and sharable snacks like yellowtail taquitos and wagyu beef tartare sliders. The signature drink, dubbed Giggle Water, comes in a miniature bathtub, another ode to Prohibition, when people started producing bathtub gin. The playful cocktail is twist on the classic gin and tonic, featuring a splash of champagne syrup and a dollop of lavender foam.
Rooms from $170 per night