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Boston weddings with five-star elegance

A hotel doesn’t receive a five-star rating on The Knot without a good dose of compliments to match the shaded stars on this top wedding website.

At The Lenox, a AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel plucked in the Back Bay of Boston, the stars are always out on wedding night. Do a quick check of The Knot, and you’ll see that the hotel is a five-star wedding venue with lovey-dovey testimonials that show newlyweds — particularly brides — are enamored with this 115-year-old, European-style hotel.

For a little five-star recognition, here’s a look at five of The Lenox’s testimonials that take the cake:

A favorite among The Knot wedding venues

I was in love with the Dome Room from the moment I saw it. On the night of the wedding, it was breathtaking. If you are going for an intimate, classic feel, this ballroom will not disappoint!

Most every bride falls in love with The Lenox’s iconic Dome Room, undoubtedly considered one of the most elegant ballrooms in Boston. A gold-gilded dome hovers over a spacious circular dance floor as delicate lights swoop over the intimate space, which can accommodate up to 135 guests.

Like the hotel, the second-floor ballroom has a storied past. When The Lenox hotel was first built, the dome was open to the main floor with a restaurant tucked beneath its grandeur. Then in the 1940s, when The Lenox began to serve double duty as a U.S. Navy bunkhouse during WWII, the all-glass dome (in need of repair) was plastered over during WWII. The dome remained hidden for decades, but the creation of the second-floor ballroom led to its eventual restoration, returning the architectural wonder back to its original glory.

The hotel itself is just as grandiose with 5,000 square feet of flexible event space, including four other function rooms and three Boston-favorite restaurants. The hotel, built in 1900 by Lucius Boomer, who counted Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor among his friends, was a $1.1 million, 11-story Beaux-Arts beauty — the tallest building in the city at the time. Today, it’s still considered “The Waldorf-Astoria of Boston,” a name which The Boston Post gave The Lenox upon its opening.

A Boston five-star wedding staff

The ambiance of the hotel is very regal, from the lobby to the hotel rooms, and has an old world charm mixed with modern amenities that few hotels have. However, what truly made our wedding exceptional was the staff at The Lenox.

At The Lenox hotel, every love story is considered unique, and so it goes to say that every wedding is treated as a one-of-a-kind event. In fact, many brides and grooms opt to make a weekend of their Boston celebration. From the rehearsal dinner to the farewell brunch, the staff is always attentive. The Lenox is even a favorite for engagement parties and bridal showers. As part of The Lenox’s wedding package, the bride and groom are granted rooftop access for couple’s photography.

Two dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand for the planning and execution of every wedding, and as one testimonial on The Knot gushes, the wedding coordinators will execute “wedding plans to the T.” And you can expect the same from the entire staff. Complimentary to your reception, a private attendant checks coats when the Boston air is crisp, a piano player tickles the ivories during cocktail hour and bartenders mix cocktail creations during your five-hour hosted bar. Simply put, as a boutique hotel, The Lenox will ensure service is unparalleled.

The Lenox’s hotel wedding package includes an hour-long cocktail reception with butler-passed hor d’oeuvres, one display station and a three-course seated dinner with house wine service and Champagne toast. This wedding package even takes the cake! Dessert Works bakery whips up custom-designed cakes for brides and grooms, serving slices with coffee, tea and chocolate-dipped strawberries! And of course, who doesn’t like late-night snacks, like The Lenox’s favorite “Sliders Station.”

As one bride can attest, The Lenox staff treats “every detail as if it is their own wedding.”

Pre- and post-celebrations at The Lenox

The staff made our lives much easier as we juggled pre- and post-wedding activities, even blocking off some last-minute brunch space for us at City Table.

From three intimate restaurants to 214 beautiful guest rooms, The Lenox hotel welcomes your wedding guests — even during wedding downtime. The hotel restaurant, City Table, is one of the Back Bay’s favorite eateries. Your family will feel at home at this laid-back restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, City Table is a favorite for rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches with many couples opting to reserve the private dining room. The intimate room, which accommodates 32 guests, features gold-leaf ceilings, warm hardwoods and leather banquettes, along with glittering views of the Back Bay neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s two on-site bars entertain until 2 a.m. Many nightcaps have been shared at City Bar, known for its cozy ambiance, signature cocktails and delectable plates. For old-fashioned, Boston-Irish hospitality, stop in at Sólás, at the Boylston Street pub whose name means “comfort” in Gaelic. Good Irish fun is served up with hearty pub fares, like Irish shepherd’s pie and beer by the pint.

After a day of wedding festivities that flow late into the night, guests can take the elevator up to their gracious accommodations. The Lenox offers everything from classic rooms to custom suites, each decorated with a modern European flair. The Executive Rooms are always a favorite for the wood-burning fireplaces that dress up each space with cozy elegance.

Back Bay attractions for the whole guest list

The Back Bay location was a perfect setting to show our out-of-town guests the best of Boston.

A little big city, Boston, especially historic Back Bay, is known to tease its visitors as “New York’s beguiling cousin” with a blend of slick cityscape architecture and Victorian row houses. History meets avant-garde in this picturesque enclave that spans the banks of the Charles, the head-turning glam of fashionable Newbury and the pulsating action of bustling Boylston.

Most guests like to linger a few days after the wedding to explore the Boston attractions that surround The Lenox, particularly the Freedom Trail. Just four blocks away from the historic hotel, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route that winds along 16 historic sites that capture the story of the American Revolution. Whether guests decide to pick up a souvenir map from the concierge or take advantage of the hotel’s Freedom Trail tour package, a two-hour, historian-guided town car tour, your guests will admire the history that surrounds The Lenox.

Aside from the trail, Newbury Street with its quaint boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafés is another favorite Boston stroll. The baseball lovers on your guest list will want to take in a game at Fenway Park, a seven-minute walk to the west of The Lenox. (And if true sports enthusiasts are among your party, they’ll appreciate staying at this historic hotel, where baseball legend Babe Ruth frequented in the 1920s.) Needless to say, the Back Bay has something for everyone.

The final say from The Knot

After so many rave reviews, it’s easy to see why The Lenox is a five-star wedding favorite. And so we’ll end on one final bridal note …

“We were taken care of the moment we walked in the door, and we didn’t have to think about one thing.”

Except, maybe, the wedding vows.