Inside downtown Miami’s new boutique Beaux-Arts beauty, The Langford Hotel
Downtown is heating up as dining and nightlife destinations move in with the addition of The Langford’s PB Station and Pawnbroker by Pubbelly Group
When it comes to historic architecture in Miami, Art Deco, which dominated the 1920s-40s, and MiMo, which reigned in the ‘50s, gets all the attention. Inside downtown’s newly opened Langford Hotel (121 SE 1st St., Downtown; 305-420-2200), the historic building’s Beaux-Arts architecture transports guests to another city entirely. One, say, that’s been around longer than Miami’s youthful 120 years, like Boston or New York.
Originally erected in 1926 as the Miami National Bank, the building climbs 12 stories in the heart of downtown with all the signature flourishes on its façade: Corinthian columns in bas relief, an ornate curlicue frieze, stately dentil work and grand arches shading the entrance. Inside, the small ground floor lobby features original crown moulding, marble walls and brass elevator doors.
The property, designated a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, eventually transitioned from a financial institution into office space and then sat dormant for years before Stambul, the Langford’s ownership, stepped into create the boutique 126-room hotel.
Owing to the building’s historic bones, the first floor is merely reception, while the second floor is home to the more cushy Sky Lobby where guests can relax and mingle in a warm setting with a small library and a bird’s eye view into PB Station restaurant. The newest concept by local Pubbelly Group, it faithfully resembles an Old World train station with black and white subway tiles, mirrored arches and major cities scrawled on the walls alongside clocks with their corresponding time zones. Subtle Miami decorative touches in Sky Lobby include antique jai alai rackets and airplane propellers mounted to the walls, a nod to the city’s historic pastime and former location of PanAm’s headquarters, respectively.