Standing majestically on the corner of Exeter and Boylston in Boston’s busy Copley shopping district, The Lenox Hotel is as historic as the city itself. With a vision to erect the most luxurious hotel in New England, iconic hotelier Lucias Boomer (owner of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria) began work on The Lenox in 1900. Eight months and some $1,100,000 later, The Lenox was born.
When the Saunders family took over the reins at the hotel in 1963, The Lenox became a leader in a new direction – Environmentalism. Though subtle, the family’s efforts have been widely recognized ever since. In 2006, The Lenox became the first urban hotel in the world to be included as part of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Green List.
According to the hotel’s website, The Lenox “conserves significant precious natural resources, minimizes chemicals and waste, and improves air and water quality in its properties and communities.” The hotel’s environmental mission is three-fold:
- Proactively conserve energy and water, reduce waste, eliminate toxins, and educate guests, vendors and teams members about environmental concerns.
- Introduce quality product and services that are safer for visitors, neighbors, fellow workers, and the environment.
- Maintain the high standards of Four Diamond quality and warm service for which The Lenox is known.
A few of the measures taken at the Lenox that contribute to the success of its environmental initiatives include: Hybrid car services for hotel guests, installation of nearly 4,800 super efficient lights, ENERGY STAR office equipment, No-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, and 610 Double paned low E windows to reduce energy, draft and noise.
Along with these steps, the Lenox places a premium on using locally produced products to reduce transportation air impacts. The hotel also offers Eco Chic weekend packages for what the hotel calls “luxurious, low impact adventures.”
Behind the magnificent historical façade of this iconic hotel is a movement that is and has always been far ahead of its time. The Lenox has proven that the merger between environmentalism and luxury is a possible one. So, next time you’re in Boston, do your part and stay at a hotel that is leading the race in providing eco-friendly solutions within a hospitality industry that breeds waste.
– By Kane Carpenter