Langham Hospitality Group

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Langham Hospitality Group
Subsidiary
IndustryHospitality, tourism
Founded1865
HeadquartersHong Kong
ParentGreat Eagle Holdings
Websitewww.langhamhotels.com

Langham Hospitality Group is a luxury hotels operator. The oldest hotel in its portfolio, The Langham, London, originally opened in 1865 as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel'.

Today, the group covers four continents, with projects located in cities and resorts around the world, including Auckland, Bahamas, Bangkok, Beijing, Boston, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Phuket, Pune, Samui, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The group's rapid expansion continues with its two brands The Langham and Langham Place, as well as its affiliate brand Eaton.

Langham Hotels International is wholly owned by the Great Eagle Group, one of Hong Kong's leading property companies, which was founded in 1963 and is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

History[edit]

The Langham, London

The Langham Hospitality Group claims a history that dates back to 1865, when The Langham in London opened as the then-largest building in London and Europe's first 'Grand Hotel'. 10 stories and 156-feet high, the first Langham hotel featured 15,000 yards of Persian tapestry, hot and cold running water in every guestroom, the world's first hydraulic lifts, known as 'rising rooms', and even an early form of air-conditioning. Upon opening The Langham, the then Prince of Wales hailed the hotel as having "everything a man, woman or child could desire under one roof".[citation needed]

The Langham has since hosted royal, political and cultural dignitaries and celebrities, including French Emperor Napoleon III and wits and writers Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain.[citation needed] However, the hotel closed during World War II and after the war was bought by the BBC and used as office space until 1986, when it was sold to the Ladbroke Group (which also purchased the non-US Hilton hotels) and reopened as the Langham Hilton hotel in 1991. The Langham was sold to Great Eagle Holdings in 1995. Great Eagle used the "Langham" brand to rebadge a number of hotels in its portfolio, thus creating the "Langham Hospitality Group". Great Eagle has subsequently purchased further hotels and rebadged them as "Langham" hotels. It has also moved other hotel brands within its portfolio into the Langham Hospitality Group.

Company[edit]

Cordis, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Langham Hotels International is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Great Eagle Hospitality Group. It not only oversees the operations and performance of its own hotels, but also provides professional management services to its developer- or owner-partners.

The Great Eagle Hospitality Group is the hospitality arm of Great Eagle Holdings Limited. One of Hong Kong's leading property and hotel companies, Great Eagle Holdings invests in, develops and manages office, retail, residential and hotel properties in Asia, North America and Europe. The organisation is also active in property management and maintenance services as well as building materials trading.[citation needed]

Great Eagle Holdings was founded in 1963 with the incorporation of The Great Eagle Company Limited, which was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. In 1990, following a reorganisation, Great Eagle Holdings Limited, incorporated in Bermuda, became the listed holding company of Great Eagle in place of The Great Eagle Company Limited.

The Great Eagle Hospitality Group has an extensive hotel portfolio with over 5,000 rooms, virtually all of them managed by Langham Hotels International.

The group's collection of hotels currently in operations consists of nine luxury properties across four continents: including New York, Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Thailand.

Eaton Hotels, also in Hong Kong and China, represents the third and more accessible[clarification needed] brand under Great Eagle Hospitality. The Group additionally owns the 1,590-room Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.

Notable hotels[edit]

Lobby of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Michelin-starred restaurants[edit]

The hotel chain operates three Michelin-star Chinese restaurants, T'ang Court in The Langham, Hong Kong, and two-star Ming Court in Langham Place Hotel. Both sets of ratings were received in the 2013 Hong Kong and Macau edition of the Michelin Guide.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lim, Le-Min (2 December 2008). "Michelin Hong Kong Gives 3 Stars to 2 Restaurants (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 December 2012.

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