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Langham Hospitality Group Announces

The Original Grand Hotel Finds Perfect Home in Chicago

Langham Hospitality Group is bringing its iconic brand of European hospitality to Chicago in 2013 following a strategic investment in one of the city’s most famous downtown riverfront landmarks – a Mies van der Rohe-designed building located at 330 N. Wabash Avenue.

The Langham, Chicago with 316-rooms will continue a trend by the group to own or manage properties with historic value which match The Langham’s luxury profile. It currently owns The Langham, Boston, formerly a Federal Reserve Bank building and The Langham, Huntington Hotel in Pasadena –which was built by railroad magnates in 1907. It also owns The Langham, London, which is renowned as Europe’s original grand hotel and was originally opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865

The Langham, Chicago will be housed within the 52-storey structure that was the last to be designed by Mies van der Rohe and is affectionately known by Chicago’s citizens as the IBM Building. Its cultural value was recognized when it was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March 2010.

Brett Butcher, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group said: “This much-loved and historic Chicago landmark is a perfect match for The Langham as we respectfully weave our heritage into the fabric of one of the world’s great cities. The Langham, Chicago will honor the iconic status of the Mies van der Rohe- designed building, capturing its original spirit of innovation, heralding a new era in luxury hospitality in the city.”

The Langham, Chicago will embrace the splendor and elegance of the original grand hotel when it opens in 2013. Its 316 rooms, from 510 sq. ft., will be amongst the largest in the city and will feature magnificent views over Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Views can also be had from the Palm Court restaurant – recreating the venue that served the world’s first afternoon tea in a grand hotel in 1865. A full service restaurant will follow in the footsteps of Langham’s other Michelin star winning restaurants and finally a summer time alfresco restaurant on the plaza will be perfect for relaxing by the River.

The Langham, Chicago will showcase around 15,000 sq. ft. of elegant and sophisticated meeting facilities as well as the group’s award-winning wellness retreat, Chuan Spa, based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chuan Spa will be positioned as the very best spa in Chicago spanning almost 9,000 sq. ft. of holistic facilities. For leisure tourists and groups, the property also has direct doorstep access to the river jetty for alternative business transport or sublime leisure cruising.

About Langham Hospitality Group:
Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands, which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents.

It takes its name from the legendary Langham in London, which was opened in 1865 as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties.

The brands include the luxurious Langham and international five-star Langham Place, the upscale Eaton Luxe, midscale Eaton Smart and the award-winning Chuan Spa. The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomizing stimulating and artistic hospitality.

Eaton, a premium member brand, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service. Currently 24 member hotels are open or in the pipeline across four continents.

Langham Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.  Reservations for either Langham or Eaton properties can be made by logging onto
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