If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you are well aware that our family loves staycations right here in New York City. One of the reasons for this is that on a daily basis, readers and family members reach out for NYC hotel and activity recommendations, and it is important for me to stay in the know. With that, we’ve stayed in our fair share of the local hotels, but one that is close to my heart is The Langham New York. It was the site for one of our first staycations we experienced five years ago, and one we’ll never forgot. It’s bananas to think about how much time has passed, because I still have the image of the pjs my kiddies wore during this stay.
A few weeks ago we revisited The Langham to update our memories, as we headed into the holiday season. On a Friday afternoon, the girls and I headed uptown after school, and were absolutely blown away when we stepped into our two bedroom Penthouse Suite! Floor to ceiling windows offered 360º unobstructed views of the city, with the massive Empire State Building so close you can practically touch it. The room was stocked with candy, cookies, sweets, it definitely felt like we entered into the world of the Sugarplums, which was fitting since our room was called the Sugar Plum Suite.
Let me explain I’m sure most of you have seen George Balanchine’s The Nuckcracker, but my girls and I have been going to this ballet every year since Siella was old enough to talk. Now, this holiday season The Langham is transforming their suites into Sugarplum Suites as part as an added offering. This package features an immersive in-room candy experience, featuring wall-to-wall candy jars and special holiday treats. And to take it to the next level, The Langham will chauffeur you and your family to Lincoln Center for a performance of The Nutcracker. And that’s not all, you’ll also go home with a gift basket stocked with hot chocolate, Langham Pink sea salt chocolates and truffles, courtesy of legendary British chocolate maker Charbonnel et Walker. This is truly a holiday experience that sweet dreams are made of.
That evening, after the boys joined us and loaded up on sugar, we grabbed dinner and took stroll through Bryant Park with the temporary holiday markets setup. Seeing families gliding around the ice rink, and taking photos in front of the Christmas tree definitely started to poke our yule tide spirit.
We had nothing scheduled from Saturday morning, which is so unusual for our family, so we opted for a lazy morning in our suite. I really can’t stress how awesome it was. I mean – I would move in there in a heartbeat! We ordered room service for breakfast, and we lounged with the kids on the couch. It was so nice to do absolutely nothing for a change! The weather was so nice, so we snuck out in the afternoon for a stroll, making it down Fifth Avenue all the way to the Flatiron, stopping in some stores for more holiday shopping.
That evening we dined in house, at The Langham restaurant Ai Fiori. Ai Fiori, meaning “among the flowers” in Italian. Their menu features a menu that celebrates the French and Italian Riviera, courtesy of the world-renowned Altamarea Group and Chef Michael White. The Michelin-starred restaurant offers elegant fine dining with à la carte, prix-fixe, and tasting menu options. Afterwards, we orders some dessert and hot chocolate to the room, to watch the Empire State Building Light Show right outside of our window. Sweet!
Oh man, when it came time to check out, I was dragging myself out the door. Such a relaxing and much needed family weekend. To see our stay at The Langham New York in 2014 click here, and to see our Boston stay click here!
Big Thank you to The Langham for an unforgettable stay and hotel accommodations!