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Breakfast at hotel was first North American pancakes (very nice). Coffee average. Late check out and taxi ride to Jamaica Plain. Taxi driver gets lost but turns meter off and GPS on. Finds address and tells us it's a good community. House is comfortable and inhabited by two grey cats who allow us to join them, it is their place after all. Go for …
Shirley was waiting in the baggage collection, very appropriate. So glad to meet up. Caught a cab into town. Dark by now so couldn't really make out much. Check into hotel and see why it's so highly rated and expensive. Followed reception's advice and went to dinner at the Irish pub downstairs. Rather large serving of fish and chips for two. Very Irish. Large servings, little taste. Slept well
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Lenox Hotel Boston
Went for the Duck Tour....Ho Chi Min. 1913. Pastry cook. JFK address when he was a student here...the address on drivers licence when shot. I drove the duck. The Massachusetts massacre. Three guys shot by red coats. They fired on a crowd of hundreds. John Adams defended the redcoats and got them off. Boston tea party. Paul Revere and his famous ride. The battle of Bunker Hill. Woman with telescope helping me at Apple Mac
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Lenox Hotel Boston
Very Nice Stay
I stayed the Lenox hotel in September 2003 - Really enjoyed my stay.
The Hotel was lovely and I have to say the staff could not do enough for you. Found the food in the hotel a bit pricey, but next door in the Irish pub the food was lovely and reasonably priced. The hotel location was very good but it was a little distance to the main shopping area, but a nice walk on a nice day. Lord & Taylor is just two doors up from hotel, which is also great. Overall I would recommend this hotel.
My daughter and I spent two delightful nights at the Lenox on November 15th and 16th, 2003. The location was perfect for shopping, people-watching, and strolling. We were impressed with the bright spaciousness of the superior room on the 11th floor, the cloud-like comfort of the queen-sized beds with downy comforters, the prompt room service breakfasts served on gorgeous china and silver trays, and the overall charm of the European-style hotel. The Lobby was cozy and inviting with three distinct offerings of restaurants within steps of each other. Cleanliness and decor was a plus throughout the hotel, and the wide hallways were easily accessible for a wheel-chaired friend. My daughter, a Boston artist, made me walk down all eleven flights of the beautifully stenciled but rarely used stairwell so that we could marvel at the architecture of a by-gone era. Our privately arranged Holiday Tea in our room for a few invited guests brought forth many positive comments about the quality of the surroundings. The only cautionary comment to be made is to plan ahead - requests for room service (extra chairs, pots of tea/coffee) were a bit slow during the daytime and needed a second request; otherwise, the staff was most accommodating. I especially enjoyed chatting with Jimmy, the 81 year-young bellman, who epitomizes the charm and warmth of the historic Lenox.
My husband and I stayed at the Lenox 3rd to 8th September 2003 and overall we were quite disappointed, considering some of the good reviews we had read prior to booking. The hotel is a bit of a paradox, some areas/aspects are very good, whereas others are quite shabby.
Noisy air conditioner
The location of the hotel is excellent, next to the shopping area. We got a pretty big room with 2 double beds. The bed linen looks expensive but the bed is too soft in our standard. Because it is a historical building, the air conditioner is very noisy which kept me awake all night. It blew too much cold air when turned on. The bathroom is very small. The only thing that I like is the aveda product offered in the bathroom. We will not stay there again even though we got a pretty good deal from the hotwire.
Great location and service, but...
My room was extremely small and the airplane bathroom had more leg space than this particular room's bathroom. I don't care about baths, but for those who do, this room had a shower only. Keeping with the trend, the closet was miniscule. I am lucky that this was a business trip and my wife was at home because there was clearly not enough room nor space for two people. Perhaps if she were with me, the front desk would have given me a larger room? Besides these gripes, overall service was fine and one really cannot beat the Back Bay location of the hotel.
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Spent 5 nights at the Lenox. The location is superb. Refurbishments to the rooms were evident. Beds were ok. Linens were very good. Air conditioning controls left alot to be desired in 92 degree weather.
Service was below average, room service unavailable at peak times.
Advertised bars & cafes (Sam Adams/Upstairs Breakfast Cafe) were not there. When I booked this was listed as one of the Small Luxury Hotel members. Having stayed at other Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) I expected more in comfort, service, and hotel amenities.
Wonderful hotel, terrific value
Stayed two nights on a college-visiting trip with two teenage girls.
The newly refurbished room was beautiful, and SO spacious. Location terrific, and I couldn't believe the moderate room rates.
Found a great deal for The Lenox on Expedia. My parents stayed there many moons ago, so the name was familiar, but they're my parents, so all must be taken with a grain of salt. Not in this case, my stay was first-class. From check-in to my room to the housekeeping staff to the knowledgeable concierge, I couldn't have asked for anything more. Conveniently located to all of the back bay and to subway stations that took me anywhere else I would want to go in Boston. A great weekend in a great town at a superb hotel.
A very nice hotel, not the grandest, not the largest, but small and quaint, more european in style. My wife and I stayed here in Dec 2002 and it was perfect. Reserved through Expedia. The rooms are on the small size but well appointed. The lobby smaller then the grand hotels but charming. There was some exterior renovation going on on the lower floors, but this is likely done by now. We just stayed one night. It was super convenient, right near a T stop, and very close to shopping on Newbury street, and a large indoor shopping complex at the Prudential. There was a nice pub downstairs in the hotel. Staff was very friendly and helpful. If you drive, there is a parking garage next door. While in Boston, we walked through the Fairmont Hotel. I'm not sure how it is priced v-v the Lenox, but even though it is austere on the outside, it has a very grand lobby and would be another option (I don't know the condition of the rooms). My wife and I tend to like smaller hotels that are comfortable and charming, and are located right in the spot we will explore around, and the Lenox fit the bill perfectly.
Terrible experience. Under heavy exterior renovation when I was booked, but no one at the hotel said a thing about it when I called to book my room. Unbelievable hidden cost in local phone calls: 75 cents for access, then 25 cents a minute. Local calls are more expensive at the Lenox than long distance!!! Travelers beware. Lenox is better spelled as rip-off.