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There’s a lot to love about Taj Boston. Its grandiose entrance on Arlington Street makes it not just a hotel, but a tourist attraction for many Boston guests. If you’re one of the tourists with a room key at Taj Boston, don’t miss the following:
1. The location. The best thing about Taj Boston is its location. It’s within walking distance from most of Boston’s best tourist attractions, and is located just steps from the MBTA green line at Arlington Station stop. While you’re here, enjoy a stroll down Newbury Street at sunset or have a drink at an outdoor café. The stores have pretty much emptied out by this time of evening and the shoppers have gone home to drop off their bags. You won’t be fighting for sidewalk space and can window shop your way down the street.
2. High tea. Taj’s afternoon tea is legendary in Boston. The hotel was originally a Ritz-Carlton, one of the flagship hotels in the brand, and was made famous by its afternoon tea. Everyone from tourists to socialites to celebrities took part in the famed event and when Taj took over the space, it kept the traditional alive. Taj Boston’s afternoon tea is served Saturday and Sunday in the French Room (one of the hotel’s smaller ballrooms available for private events) and overlooks Newbury Street. A harpist plays as you’re presented with a variety of different teas in and traditional finger sandwiches and scones.
3. The rooms. The rooms of the rooms at Taj Boston are bigger than one would expect, for a hotel built in 1927, which gives guests staying here a bit more space to move around. Taj has two sections: an old section, which is the original hotel dating back to the late 1800s; and the newer section, which became part of the hotel complex in the 1990s. Most of the newer section is residential, but there are a few floors that belong to Taj. These rooms are comparable in size, provide similar views and are slightly more updated, but the original section has a more regal feeling, which we found to be a nice, authentic addition to the stay. The newer rooms still embody the grace and authenticity of the Taj, but they have a more modern feel with brighter room walls and lighter carpets.
4. The bar. The bar on the lobby level of Taj Boston is a throwback to the early 1900s, and one of our favorite things about the hotel. Its dark wood, heavy drapes and gold accents set a mysterious tone, perfect for secret meetings or quiet hideaways, unless you choose to sit at one of the tables near the front windows that look out over Arlington Street and the Boston Public Garden.
5. The pillow menu. Not everyone’s head is created equally, and that’s why we love Taj’s pillow menu. Choose from soft- to firm-density pillows, or opt for the microfiber or anti-snoring pillows. There are six different pillows you can request, all free of charge.