The Langford Hotel
What We Love
- A Beaux-Arts boutique gem in downtown Miami and the area's first historic hotelThe hotel’s unique history as the Miami National Bank
- The cuisine and craft cocktails at PB Station, by the ultra-buzzy Pubbelly Restaurant Group
- Pawn Broker, one of Miami's best new bars, with a panoramic view of the downtown skyline
What To Know
- The property is brand new having just opened in April 2016
- Located within walking distance of downtown Miami's many restaurants, a Whole Foods and the metromover
- Free WiFi
- Babysitting, dry cleaning and valet are available for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Strike it rich at The Langford Hotel, the residence-style accommodations in the former Miami National Bank building (now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places). Newly reopened, the 1925 Beaux-Arts boutique gem is offering some buzzworthy updates on top of the glam history. There’s a rooftop lounge, for starters, and the restaurant comes courtesy of Pubbelly Restaurant Group, one of the buzziest names in Miami gastronomy.
You’re in downtown Miami, which means you’re walking distance from Bayside Marketplace – one of TripAdvisor’s top 15 things to do in Miami – and an easy drive from all the best neighborhoods. Just south is Brickell, an increasingly popular nightlife spot, and beyond that is Coral Gables; South Beach is a breezy 15-minute ride over the causeway. In fact, you could say that it’s this location where the hotel’s financial history really shines. What with its sheer centrality, you’re basically guaranteed a staggering return on your hotel-stay investment.
The Deluxe Queen and slightly larger Premium Queen rooms are comfy and spacious, with neutral palettes and plush furnishings, paired with high-tech extras like 48-in. HDTVs (with premium channels) and complimentary Internet access. The modern design is residential-style, with a touch of elegance, befitting the building’s Beaux-Arts architecture.
With an American craft eatery and a rooftop bar and lounge, the hotel offers plenty of opportunities for you to chill after a day of exploring Miami. PB Station, the latest from acclaimed Pubbelly Restaurant Group, serves American- and Latin-inspired steaks, seafood, spirits and other craft fare with locally sourced produce. The chef is none other than four-time James Beard-nominated Jose Mendin, so you know your meal is in good hands. If you want to sit back and soak in the surrounding Downtown Miami skyline, on the other hand, Pawn Broker crafts you cocktails and serves you tasty tapas-style plates.
Downtown Miami is a mecca for fashion, art and food, and the hotel puts you in the heart of this glamorous destination. A coastal metropolis full of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, the larger city also offers plenty in the way of upbeat, interesting neighborhoods, like Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and the Design District – all an easy drive away. Experience the wide variety of cuisine, the shops (both high-end and boutique-style) and the urban-meets-tropical vibes, and hop over the causeway with ease, for a taste of the sizzling SoBe scene.
How to Get There
We got a late cruise booking, so the cheap and close hotels were already booked out. This one was reasonably located, not far from the cruise terminal and local transport.
We arrived early morning after an overnight flight from LA. Sadly we could not get our room early. All rooms had been booked out the night before, so they had none to offer. However, they have a small, quiet lounge area on the mezzanine floor, with TV and free coffee machine. Of course we checked in our luggage which they later on brought up to the room.
Then I realized I had booked a room and breakfast deal. Well who wants breakfast before heading onto the Symphony of the Seas for brunch? Hmm . . so I simply asked if we could have breakfast 'now' (as in day of arrival rather than day of departure). They were happy to say yes!
The breakfast room is 'next door'. Part of the hotel but out the front door and in another door. The chef / manager greeted us. We explained. No problem. He could not have been any more helpful. He showed us and explained the buffet, helping us with a table, bringing over our first drinks, etc. There was a good choice of foods and drinks. All were excellent an unlimited. Not as extensive as some we have had (Singapore, Berlin, Canada), but definitely we were not left wanting for anything. Priced appropriately.
The hotel and room was fine. Overall Art Deco era or similar? The staff were good. The price consistent with the fact ships were in port, time of year, and quality. Not as cheap as some we have had in Europe of the same standard but welcome to America and the nights before cruises depart!
Some shops in the vicinity had closed up. Maybe gone to the Marina instead. There were still sufficient for a quick feed, etc. Bus or 'tram' (stops over the road from the hotel) take you to the marina area where life was abuzz. The 'tram' provides a free tour of some of Miami. We did the full circuit. Seats are hard wooden - no padding!
Special note: A taxi from the hotel to the RCL wharf was about $USD20. The tram stops well short of the new RCL terminal. We did 'back to back' cruises. Symphony and Norwegian Bliss. We had hoped to wheel our luggage between the two. However, because of wharf construction and roadworks there were no footpaths etc. So we had to get a taxi for the 1000 yard gap between the ships! With peak crowds and road works - $USD15!
For the right price it’s a good choice, but the right price is under $100 per night. Any more and there are many much better options. The building is ok though some maintenance issues. The room was fine, though the convenience lights in the closet and bathroom seemed to have minds of their own and the damn things wouldn’t turn off, which is a problem as I’m very sensitive to light when I’m sleeping.
The service is absolutely horrible. We booked over 3 months ago yet the room we reserved was available on arrival. They put us in an upgraded room but then we had to move first thing the next day. We rented the room months ago, and we reminded them by email 3 times - it’s night like it was a surprise we were coming. Speaking of email, not once did they respond to any of our queries. And the morning of the room change I had to go down stairs 3 times to coordinate the move to make sure we had a place to put our luggage.
Housekeeping was equally bad. Some staff were openly rude, all were unqualified. Every single day we had to call and have them come back and fix something. I travel internationally every month and I’ve never had to do this for housekeeping.
The neighborhood is a bit ratty. 1 block away it’s downright dirty and seamy.
No complaints at all. The check-in was easy and friendly and we asked for a room not near the top floors as we heard about the noise issues on the upper floors. The reception staff were happy to change our room to a lower floor. Breakfast was good with choice of cooked, pastries and fresh fruit. Location is excellent for exploring Miami proper (not Miami Beach), especially a quick uber ride away from Little Havana which we loved. If you don't feel like you have to stay in Miami Beach then this is a perfect option