Taj Boston

A luxe landmark on Boston's Public Garden
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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • 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.
  • Taj’s afternoon tea is legendary in Boston because 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not everyone’s head is created equally, and that’s why we love Taj’s pillow menu, where you can 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.
Things to Know
  • The Sunday brunch. A favorite gathering time for many after the excitement of the weekend, the brunch at Taj is held on the top floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the city and is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning (or early afternoon).
  • For anyone who is into high-end shopping, the location of the hotel is unparalleled. With a Chanel boutique in the hotel itself and Burberry across the street, the shopping spree is already off to a great start.
  • During the summer, go to the Public Garden and Boston Common and take a ride on the swan boats with the kids and enjoy the scenery – especially the real swans swimming around you. In the winter, switch gears and go ice skating on Frog Pond, only minutes away from the hotel.
  • Whether you’re from New York or just not a Boston fan, know that Bostonians take their sports very seriously. While staying at the Taj, you are in a prime location to attend any of the games, no matter the season.
The Rooms
  • The rooms at Taj Boston are bigger than many city hotels, which makes it a great choice for families and guests who are staying an extended time here. Inside the rooms, you'll find fabric-covered walls and cushy armchairs in soft hues of blue, gold, green, beige and rose.
  • When booking, be sure to request a room with a park view — you'll get a glimpse of the Public Gardens and Boston Common. The courtyard view rooms look out over a brick building next to Taj Boston or the luxury hotel’s heating and cooling system – we suggest requesting a, high-level floor.
  • Befitting a hotel built in 1927, the bathrooms at Taj Boston are on the smaller side. With that said, the floors are made of a cream-colored marble, and the sink is a good size with enough shelving to place your toiletries and cosmetics.
  • Some of the special amenities in the rooms at Taj Boston that elevate the standards are the line of Molton Brown products, the comfortable Frette bathrobes, and the cozy slippers. 
  • The fact that you can order a bath to be drawn for you or, if you have a fireplace in your room, order a fire to be built after picking from a variety of different wood scents, speaks to the old-school luxury and appeal of this hotel.
The Look
  • If luck is on your side, you’ll walk into Taj Boston when no one else is in the lobby and be immediately transported back to a time when Boston’s rich, well-known socialites spent money frivolously and with a passion.
  • Taj Boston embodies all the decadence of Boston’s past while embracing modern-day glamour, so it makes sense that the design of the hotel is very traditional with a few modern touches thrown in.
  • During our stay, our room was a bit older with no artwork or ambiance. The newer rooms feature Boston scenes on the walls and a more updated vibe, with light blue and brown tones (a stark difference to our yellow and gold room), but still capturing the heart of the time period with dark wood bookcases, night tables and desks.
Getting There
15 Arlington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
BOS (9-14 min)  
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