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
I arrived late last week after visiting my brother all day in a Boston hospital. The staff was remarkably courteous and made my evening stay very comfortable. I have stayed at the Taj for the last ten years visiting on business and family matters. Every time I have been met with a smile and warm and friendly service. In the mornings, I like walking in the public gardens across Arlington Street and up Beacon Hill.
I was in Boston in March 2019 for a conference, and I stayed in Taj Boston for 5 nights. Excellent hotel, clean and spacious room, fast and free wifi, nice staff. Highly recommend, especially if you are a business traveler. Also, the hotel is facing a beautiful park, which is good for early morning or late evening walks.
Rarely review but feel like this was such a terrible experience that others should be warned. Website does not clearly state that the restaurant/bar/room service is not available (isn’t that a standard for a 4 star hotel?) no coffee in the room- i can’t remember the last time I’ve been in a hotel room without a keureg or a nespresso. Amex fine hotels gives you 100 dollar credit to use for food.but clearly not usable here! Haven’t had turn down service. Housekeeping only came at 10a when I was sleeping so haven’t had fresh linens or towels since- not high maintenance so was ok with all of the above, which any 4-5 star hotel should provide. However, tonight, at 2a came back to the hotel- doors were locked and had to wait 5 min in the freezing cold until someone finally - after buzzing multiple times- opened the door. This to me is unacceptable for the price point. Wi definitely stay at the fairmont next time and highly regret not doing so this time.
While the hotel is undergoing renovations, the welcome and service are still excellent. The fitness room has been moved to what appears to be a guest room but there was enough room and equipment to be more than adequate. The front desk staff was very helpful. The breakfast service was great
My mom and I spent a long weekend together and enjoyed a night at the Taj before heading to Cape Cod. This was the perfect mother/daughter spot for us! Although it's admittedly a little dated, the Taj has great character. If you're looking for a boutique hotel that is accessible to restaurants/shops this is your spot. We loved walking in the park across the street and also checked out the shops one street over. If you're looking for something modern, this hotel isn't for you. But if you're up for something fun with character, I recommend the Taj.
My reason for the 4 star rating is because (in my truly honest opinion), this is one step down from a true 5 star hotel. It lives up the 4 star rating at a reasonable price point. If you're wanting 5 star you're going to have to pay for it!