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
- 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
The taj is a superb location, the staff are very accommodating, and the valet and bell service guys are literally the best- all happy faces.
That being said...
The hotel interior is outdated and eerily reminiscent of “the Shining’s” hotel!
The front desk is overwhelmed by guests periodically- why only one receptionist around noon? Bizarre.
My room (1623) was spacious clean and quiet - it faced an inner brick courtyard with no view. You will get loud rush hour commuter noise with a boston common view
Room was very clean, spacious, and had a view of Newbury Street. It was quiet as well even in a bustling area. We enjoyed excellent service from the staff, and were pleasantly surprised by their care and attention to detail.
This was our first stay in Boston and the Taj just added to our great trip. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. The location is excellent, and the entire Hotel is clean and very well maintained! Will be back!!
Service was slow. When we tried to call the front desk, either no one answered or our phone couldn’t call out. Food in snack bar was expired. Room also smelled musty and had a bathroom smell to it. It was a subpar experience and we will not return.
I stayed 4 nights at the Taj Boston. The staff were very professional. The room was on the 4th floor with a park view. The room was clean and the beds were very comfortable. The room was large enough for 3 of us. The bathroom was supplied with all your needs. Your needs were only a phone call away. The restaurant stayed open till 10 pm so you could get a late dinner. There is coffee and pastries in the lobby by the restaurant till 9 am but go inside the restaurant for a delicious breakfast. You will be pleased.
The bar had a nice setting if you wanted to talk with friends as well as eat. The menu had a light food selection. You could get a caffe latte there as well. The Taj is in the perfect location. Walking distance to many places. If you take the Trolley Tour (like a hop off and hop on) it has 2 stops near the hotel so you don't have to go back to the starting point. I will stay here again when I am in town.