Originally built in 1927, the Taj stands guard at the corner of fashionable Newbury Street and the Public Garden. Teeming with old-school elegance, the hotel is a gilded beauty overlooking the floating Swan Boats in the Garden, and ice skaters on Boston Common's Frog Pond. Surrounded by stunning historic brownstones and top-of-the-line retail shops, the Taj is a grand dame of Boston hotels that's reminiscent of a Henry James novel. From the friendly doormen to the vibrant floral displays in the lobby, those looking for classic luxury will enjoy the Taj.
If you're willing to foot the (hefty) bill, stay in a Fireside Suite. You'll get your own Fireplace Butler!
Guest rooms can be a bit tired, but those who flock to the Taj tend to prefer old-world sophistication over modernity. Rooms are beautiful with classic furnishings, and feature large, flat-screen TV's and a work desk and chair. Executive Suites are located on the hotel's interior, and therefore are a bit more quiet.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Readers beware: avoid rooms on the 16th floor, under the roof-deck party space.
Marble bathrooms have plush new robes and towels, and deep soaking tubs that are perfect for luxuriating after a long day.
The gilded lobby is absolutely enchanting. Crystal chandeliers, white-glove service, and direct entry into Tiffany and Co. certainly doesn't hurt. If you get a chance to look around the hotel, keep your eyes open for their vast array of museum-worthy artwork.
There is no formal spa, but you can have a massage at the fitness facility.
The fitness center is open 24 hours a day.
Everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Winston Churchill has dined at the Cafe at the Taj. From April to October, have the Rooftop Brunch if you want to see one of the best views in the city. For a taste of old-world Boston, enjoy Afternoon Tea in the lavish French Room.
The Bar at the Taj is a quiet oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Public Garden.
The corner of Newbury and Arlington streets allows Taj guests to walk pretty much anywhere. The Arlington MBTA stop is right around the corner if you want to go the public transportation route.
Parish Cafe (3-minute walk) is a popular casual spot with patio seating right around the corner. For a robust steak and seafood menu, head to Grill 23 (3-minute drive, 7-minute walk) which is in Back Bay right on the South End line.
For a classic dive, walk through the Public Garden into Beacon Hill to visit the Sevens Ale House (9-minute walk). For something a bit ritzier, Mistral (2-minute drive) is also nearby.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Taj is the picture of old-world, Boston Brahmin elegance.