Taj Boston

Hotels Back Bay
5 out of 5 stars
Taj Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher Taj Boston

Back in the days of yore, this Beaux-Artes building housed the city’s original Ritz-Carlton, a resplendent destination with all of the expected ornate trappings (Winston Churchill and Joan Crawford were both visitors). The 18-story space fell into a bit of disrepair before a 2002 renovation restored its beauty; Taj Hotels then took over the space in 2006 and added its own luxurious touches. Rooms are done up in a throwback style but boast many a modern-day perk, from Frette linens to down-filled comforters and a pillow menu; when you’re ready to retire for the evening, feel free to ring up the bath butler to attend to your bathing needs (fireplace suies come with a fireplace butler). The first floor cafe serves a menu of both New England and Indian dishes; during the warmer months, the rooftop patio opens up for a weekly champagne brunch that’s as popular among local residents as it is among hotel guests. Other Brahmin pleasures include afternoon tea in the ornate French room and a fireside martini in the wood-paneled second-floor bar. From the hotel you can walk to every major site in the city—the Public Garden is literally across the street—but why bother when the house Jaguar can take you anywhere you please?


Venue name: Taj Boston
Address: 15 Arlington Street

Cross street: at Newbury Street
Transport: Green line to Arlington
Price: Rates $249-$650 double.
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