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
The Lenox is a perfectly located boutique hotel. The staff makes you feel welcome from the minute you walk in the door. The rooms are tastefully appointed. The Lenox also has two restaurants and a bar within the hotel.
Stayed one night at the Lenox hotel for my anniversary. Hotel is older but beautiful and decor matches the era of its time. Rooms are updated and modern. We stayed in an executive room with a fire place which was great to come back to with a nice fire blazing as it was relatively cold outside. Upon check in they had a bottle of wine sent up for our anniversary which was a nice added touch. Location is excellent and within walking distance to Newbury street and the public garden. They offer complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. We dined at Abe and Louies which is one block down across the street. I would highly recommend staying at the Lenox. Staff were courteous and professional.
Felt comfortable as soon as we valeted the car. Check in was very professional .... service was great. Rooms clean and comfortable !! Great city view. Great lobby bars.... 3 are attached to hotel. We will be back ! ♥️ Boston♥️
Arrived here for a three-night stay. We were not disappointed. The hotel has a lovely old world, old Boston charm and character. Staff were top notch, warm and welcoming. The room was excellent. We were on the seventh floor, looking out on to Boylston Street with great views.
We didn’t eat diner there but did have breakfast one morning and also a drink one evening.
I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. Great location, near the T for easy travel, yet within easy walking distance of, well so much.
One gripe! The bar called “Sólás.” This seems to be be about trying to give it an Irish identity with a “fada “ as it is known in the Irish language (or accent, in English) on each vowel. That’s fine but the fada is not a decoration but impacts on how it is pronounced and indeed, what it means. So “Sólás” is pronounced as Soh-loss. The problem - there is no such word in Irish! There is an Irish word “Solas” which means, “light” (as in light breeze, light meal). An example of where it matters is the translation of Ireland. In Irish it is “Éire” but many people write it without the accent (“Eire) which doesn’t mean Ireland but “burden.” Perhaps a little too much “shamrockery!” Don’t mess with the language, it just isn’t necessary.
However, let’s be clear, a great stay in a great hotel and the language problem wouldn’t stop me from returning.
I have always favored staying at the Lenox when in Boston, mostly because of its location smack in the center of Back Bay, but always for the old decorum and friendly staff. On this trip, after having spent the year traveling a lot, i have to admit that the classic institution came across as in need of an upgrade. Unless you have a suite, the standard room is minuscule and feels more like a Marriott than a luxury hotel. In this comparison I include the multi shades of beige, once safe in a corporate environment, now so...IBM before Apple... Seriously, the brown carpeting and maroon walls, the sand color tiles and leather tone shower curtain (yes, shower curtain in 2019...), the complete lack of style in the decor, and the view on a giant blank wall, all conveys a sense of gloom that a rainy day will only intensify. I you really want to be near all the shops and you won’t spend much time indoor, it’ll do but otherwise know that you will sense that they ride mostly on that and the household name. The restaurant is decent and the bar pleasant.