The Lenox Hotel Boston
What We Love
- In-room, wood-burning fireplaces
- Free Lexus hybrid SUV brings guests to nearby destinations
- The seasoned bellman, Jimmy Fisher, who has been working at the hotel for more than 60 years
- The authentic Irish pub, Solas
- Original U.S. Mail chutes on each floor are still in operation
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The property underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2010
- The Lenox has no spa, but massages are available by appointment (and there is a sizable gym)
- The restaurant’s martini and cocktail spot, City Bar, is buzzy on weekends
- Valet parking costs $45 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
More than 110 years young, the Lenox Hotel still exudes its original hospitable warmth, social prestige and traditional style, now augmented with in-room fireplaces and trendsetting elements like Bose iPod docking stations and a fleet of Lexus hybrid SUVs. Below the flagship sign that towers over Back Bay, the Lenox’s decorative cornices, brick facade and stately high ceilings have been restored to their original grandeur. This homey feel continues through the exceptionally wide hallways (designed with ample space for circa 1900 ballgowns) to the guestrooms (especially those with Boston’s only in-room fireplaces) and the exquisite marble bathrooms. The 214 spacious and plush rooms are fitted with state-of-the-art electronics and eco-friendly lights. Locals head to the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, City Table, or the much-talked-about cocktail spot, City Bar, in the evening. Meanwhile, patrons gather around the living room–style fireplace and the more than 300-year-old grandfather clock, which is still wound by hand.
In the Area
In the heart of Back Bay, the Lenox is also within walking distance of (or a short T ride from) the city’s historic sights and latest shops and restaurants. Experience Boston’s foodie and cocktail revolution with tipples at Towne Stove and Spirits, Back Bay Social Club and Eastern Standard. Retail therapy is just minutes away on Newbury Street, Boylston Street and at Copley Place or a short T ride to Faneuil Hall. With a recent expansion into 53 new galleries, the Museum of Fine Arts houses vast, varied and revered art collections from the far reaches of the globe. (Don’t miss the Buddha room.) A visit to Boston’s oldest restaurant (and the country’s oldest continuing service restaurant circa 1826), Union Oyster House, is a must on any trip to Boston. Shuck ’til you drop or feast on lobster, New England fish cakes or any of the fresh fish specialties at this National Historic Landmark. The Freedom Trail is still the best way to take in Boston’s history on foot and learn about the events that shaped American history.
How to Get There
We checked into this hotel last minute. The location was fantastic, right in the middle of Back Bay and next to the Boston Public Library. The staff were so warm and welcoming and the lobby area with a lit fire was beautiful, a lovely place to hang out. Highly recommended!
Stayed in the Lenox for 5 nights. Beautiful hotel.
Clean, comfortable, great atmosphere and excellent staff. Michael on the front desk, all the waiters in the restaurant, we had breakfast each morning which was excellent and the service top class. Just a great hotel which made our trip to Boston even better!
I give the Lenox a 4 basically because I could hear everyone in the hallway who were talking while waiting for the elevator or getting ice. Also I did not find the service to be exceptional; there seemed to be quite a few doormen/bellhops but they usually were talking amongst themselves and rarely spoke as we came and went.
Anyway, the hotel is in a great location adnd even closer to the Copley T stop than I realized. I am not sure that many rooms have views other than the ones that front Boylston and the first ones back on the sides. We actually had one of these rooms and had a great view of the Finish line of the Marathon (it's cool how the Finish line is painted in the street year-round). We had a King Bed and there was a huge tv and walk-in closet. Walk-path between foot of the bed and the desk was very tight (more length to the room than functional width) Bathroom lighting was EXTREMELY dim.
The hotel pipes in a scent in the lobby and restaurant areas. It's not unpleasant, but if you are sensitive, keep it in mind because it was really strong.
We did not eat at the restaurant but we did order drinks one night. The separate bar was full, so we went to the restaurant's bar. I wasn't impressed with the $15 cocktails.
Basically, the hotel is in a prime location so I imagine finding nights when the rates are down is tough to do. I would stay here again even with the lackluster greetings.