What We Love
- Enjoying Boston’s most prestigious address, right next to Newbury Street’s luxury boutiques, Boston Common park, historic Beacon Hill, and other top sights
- Traditional afternoon tea in an opulent atmosphere of chandeliers, rich draperies and plush sofas
- Round-the-clock butler service
- Floating above the treetops of the Boston Public Garden at the glass-enclosed rooftop, where Sunday brunch is served seasonally
What To Know
- There’s no spa, but in-room massages are available
- The small fitness center is open 24 hours and the concierge can arrange for golf, tennis and other sporting activities
- Valet parking is available for a daily fee
- Kid-friendly hotel with babysitting services
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Often referred by locals as the Old Ritz, this Boston landmark was constructed in the 1920s, a time when the 18-story building rose high above the brownstones of Newbury Street. But while the hotel was renamed the Taj Boston shortly after it unveiled head-to-toe renovations in its early years, not a whole lot has changed at this iconic property that’s played host to Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill, and other stars and dignitaries. Except for the addition of modern gadgets like HDTVs, its interiors are an ode to classic European style, filled with rich fabrics, antique furnishings, and gilded accents. The Old World opulence extends to the 271 guest rooms, some of which have wood-burning fireplaces facing pretty sitting rooms. Fun fact: since local laws forbid guests from operating fireplaces, a specially trained hotel butler needs to be summoned on winter nights. Downstairs, guests and locals mingle in the aptly named French Room, where afternoon tea is served on fine crockery. Other common areas include a clubby cocktail bar and a café that’s been around for 90 years.
In the Area
The best of Boston is right at your fingertips at this ideally located hotel. After exploring the upscale shops of Newbury Street right outside (Longchamp, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry are some of the brands you’ll find, along with homegrown boutiques like Crush), head to historic Beacon Hill, a quaint neighborhood of redbrick townhouses, old cobblestone streets, and gaslit lamp posts. Then make your way back through the Public Garden’s meandering pathways, which surround a lagoon and steel foot bridge. If the mood strikes— and why not?—go for a ride on one of the swan-shaped boats. Come nightfall, check out the city’s burgeoning dining scene at spots like Shepard, a Cambridge bistro featuring wood-fired seasonal produce and local seafood.
How to Get There
Booked over a year in advance to stay here for 4 nights in September only to find on arrival the hotel in a state of refurbishment with no restaurants or bars available, Rooms ok but very tired as was the whole hotel. Very disappointed that the hotel did not advise us that they intended to close part of the hotel and all restaurant and bars during our stay , offered complementary breakfast but then charged for it on departure albeit after an exchange of emails this was then credited. Also tried to charge for wi if and other services not informed were available or required
The main reason for booking the hotel was the rave reviews of the restaurant so bitterly disappointed and dissatisfied that these were nit available.
Would recommend people to wait for the refurbishment to be completed before attempting to stay here , that said we won’t be coming back .only plus was the door staff who were excellent
We stay at the Taj in Boston whenever we want a fun experience and walkability to Beacon Hill, the theater district, Chinatown, Newbury and Boylston Streets, the Common and Public Gardens. Restaurants are everywhere and a variety of shopping.and art galleries.
While the room we had was huge, the bed very comfortable and furnishings lovely, I would not recommend this hotel until the renovation is completed. The whole experience of staying in a place under construction was odd. While we didn't hear any noise, there are massive locks on lots of the doors, temporary signs, two of the three elevators didn't work, no restaurants, cafe or bar, the fitness center is located in a guest room, the temporary breakfast is inadequate and our bathroom was in terrible shape. The lighting in the room and especially the bathroom is incredibly dim and the bathroom smelled moldy (no ventilation or window) and was very old looking.
After we checked out we were directed to the lounge area to wait for our car. When my daughter tried to take a soda she was told she would have to pay for it. This after the staff told us to wait there (they could have told us to sit in the two chairs in the lobby), and we paid about $800 for our room.
We also paid for a Public Garden view and we could barely see the garden distantly out the window.
The doorman, bellman and front desk staff were excellent but they couldn't make up for the rest.