The Lenox hotel — the Freedom Trail, Fenway hotel favorite
Most cultural landmarks stand out like a neon light, so it’s no wonder The Lenox is renowned for its blazing rooftop signage, making this Boston hotel an icon among the city’s most luxurious, The Lenox has long attracted movie stars, famous athletes and history buffs alike, giving the hotel its own storied past.
Blocks from the Freedom Trail in Boston
The Lenox is nestled in a city rich with American history. It was here in Boston, where the American Revolution shaped our nation. The Lenox, a 115-year-old hotel, is just 4 blocks away from the start of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route that starts in America’s oldest public park, Boston Common, and winds its way along 16 historical sites, including:
- The Boston Massacre Site, where a violent clash fueled the patriots’ cause
- Fanueil Hall, which many historians call “the home of free speech”
- The Paul Revere House, home of the nation’s most famous messenger
- Old North Church, which played a dramatic role in the American Revolution
- Bunker Hill Monument, the first major battle of the Revolutionary War
In fact, The Lenox is so proud of its proximity to the Freedom Trail, the hotel concierge eagerly equips guests with the hotel’s own souvenir walking map, filled with delightful facts about this historic neighborhood. The map even engages guests in a prize-incentive scavenger hunt, making the route even more enjoyable for families!
For history buffs, The Lenox offers a convenient Freedom Trail tour package, “One If By Land, Two If By See”— the perfect way to travel back in time to experience the Revolutionary War. The offer includes a two-hour, historian-guided tour by town car, featuring Boston’s most famous historic sites. After a fun day, guests can return to their luxury accommodations and dine in one of their delightful restaurants.
Aside from the trail, The Lenox is also a Boston-favorite because it’s nestled in the popular Back Bay neighborhood, famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone houses that add charming appeal as visitors stroll nearby Newbury Street in search of quaint boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafés.
Among the finest luxury hotels near Fenway
Guests at The Lenox only need to head a few blocks west to arrive at Fenway Park for a Boston Red Sox baseball game. The ballpark is only a seven-minute walk from the hotel, making The Lenox one of the finest luxury hotels near Fenway.
The baseball stadium, which opened in 1912, is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball; so it’s no wonder it’s a favorite attraction among sports enthusiasts. The ballpark’s left field wall, fondly referred to as the Green Monster, is as iconic as the Lone Red Seat in the right field bleachers, signifying the longest home run hit at Fenway by Ted William’s in 1946.
If you’re a true sports enthusiast, you’ll appreciate staying at The Lenox, where baseball legend Babe Ruth frequented in the1920s. The Bambino isn’t the only sports icon tied to the hotel, though. In 1955, legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach began a 13-year stint at The Lenox, residing there during training seasons and playing host to plenty of poker games until the late 1960s. The Celtics’ Boston Garden venue, also home to the Boston Bruins hockey team, is a 10-minute ride away for hotel guests.
The Lenox hotel's storied Boston history
The Lenox Hotel boasts 115 years of a storied past. Lucius Boomer, a rags-to-riches success story who counted Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor among his friends, built The Lenox in 1900, naming it after Lady Sarah Lennox, wife of King George, III. The hotel — a $1.1 million, 11-story Beaux-Arts beauty — was the tallest building in the city at the time with The Boston Post dubbing it “The Waldorf-Astoria of Boston,” a nod to Boomer’s famous New York City property.
A family-owned hotel for more than 35+ years, The Lenox has long prided itself on exemplary service, which has attracted luminaries and families alike. In fact, Hollywood legend Judy Garland stayed at the hotel for three months in 1965 and on several other occasionsduring a handful of sold-out Boston performances. To pay homage to Garland, The Lenox created the Judy Garland Suite, which features the room’s original mirror above its working wood-burning fireplace. The suite presents soothing blue hues that compliment gold brocade walls.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hotel also played a role in two Hollywood movies. “The Boston Strangler,” staring Tony Curtis, was filmed in part at the hotel in 1968 and the hotel was also the home base for Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw during their 1970 filming of the cult classic, “Love Story.”
Over the last 115 years, innumerable stories, quirky anecdotes, and a lifetime of memories have become the lore and the lure of The Lenox. Come, experience it first-hand, and add your own story.