The venerable Taj Boston, perched at the top of Newbury Street across from the Public Garden, hasn’t changed much since it opened in the 1920s. Where else in town can you call for a bath butler (to fill your tub), a fireplace butler (to light your in-room hearth), or a technology butler (to ensure you don’t miss a single email)? In true blueblood fashion, the décor is upscale, but not flashy, with richly-textured wall fabrics and tasseled drapes in a palette of beige, gold, rose and blue. Shoe shines, turndown service and high-end European toiletries are included, of course, as are the fantastic views of Newbury Street. The bar, with its original fireplace, dark wood paneling and cushy club chairs, is where Boston power deals are made.

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