Amenities: We were in a lavishly styled Deluxe King room with a panoramic view of Boston's Public Garden and city skyline. There was twice-daily housekeeping and evening turndown service, warm terry robes and slippers, deluxe linens and a comfortable king bed with feather duvet, and a crystal chandelier. Other items included an in-room safe, multi-line telephone, and high-speed internet.
Bathroom: We loved the luxurious marble-enclosed bathroom.
Decor: The hotel's broad sweeping entrance is dramatic and the rooms are beautifully appointed and furnished. Everything indicates superior treatment afforded here.
Hotel Features & History: This sumptuous hotel is ideally located at Arlington and Newbury
streets, overlooking the Boston Public Garden. It opened in 1927 and features 273 guestrooms, including 45 suites, many of which offer wood-burning fireplaces. It was acquired by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in January 2007.
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 67 hotels in 45 locations across India with an additional 15 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
Hotel Activities: The health and fitness facility is located on the fourth floor of the hotel. The Concierge can arrange for racquetball, golf, tennis, sailing and other sporting activities.
Spa: Professional massage is available for both men and women by appointment.
Dining The Taj is noted for its prix fixe and a la carte dining in The Cafe, weekend afternoon tea in The Lounge, cocktails in The Bar, monthly Wine Dinners and seasonal Champagne Sunday Brunch on The Roof. We had key card access to the 15th floor Taj Club Lounge, which offered complimentary food and beverages (light snacks) in a club-style setting reminiscent of a Beacon Hill townhouse with stunning views, as well as complimentary WiFi and a dedicated concierge.
Breakfast: Between March and November, one may enjoy the Rooftop Sunday Brunch with a stunning Public Garden view. From 11 to three, they offer an extensive menu of cold cuts, sushi, Indian, pizzas, and an exotic array of desserts. $76 per person plus taxes, $86 plus taxes with champagne & $37 plus taxes for children between four and 12.
Lunch: We enjoyed an afternoon tea service amidst elegant chandeliers, mirrors and lavish window drapes with a musician playing a harp as stylish accompaniment. The gleaming silver tea service includes three-tiered trays, fine china and gracious service It offers savory finger sandwiches harmonized with scones served with Devonshire cream and sumptuous pastries.
Supper: Here one may enjoy contemporary American and Indian cuisines in the same place that has played host to Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor!
Drinks: The Bar offers up views of Arlington Street and the Public Garden through the floor-to-ceiling windows. When Prohibition was repealed in the 1930's, this legendary meeting place opened. Its popular club-like ambiance with a cozy fireplace boasts hand-crafted walnut paneling, original paintings, comfortable banquets, sofas and armchairs. It is noted for its classic
cocktails and light-dining menu throughout the day and evening.
Service: First rate as expected. They even provide a fireplace butler who will cater to your specific wood and aroma needs as well as a bath butler "to enhance" your bath experience!
Nearby Attractions: The property is within walking distance of Boston's historic sites, theatre and financial districts as well as fashionable boutiques and galleries, and is just four miles from Boston's Logan International Airport.
Room Cost: Range: $299-$369 and parking is $49 per diem
Room Tip or Suggestion: Ask for a room fronting the Public Garden.
Proviso: I was a guest of The Taj Boston; however, editorial material above is solely my own and not reviewed by my host.
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Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavor of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its Indian heritage. For more than a century, Taj has brought together the unique beauty and traditions from across India in an experience that highlights true Indian hospitality. This draws on the time-honored traditions central to the Indian homecoming, from the refreshing simplicity of the welcome drink to the careful choreography of the dinner service. Taj has helped to put many Indian destinations on the map. From the resorts of Goa to the upcoming business hubs of India's Silicon Valley, an iconic Taj hotel is a mainstay of the destination. By providing jobs to the local community, supporting endangered artisan practices and reviving regal history at palaces where royal families are still in residence, Taj offers a rare insider's point of view to the fascinating story of India - from Maharaja to modern day. With 100 hotels in 62 locations across India, Taj offers guests the refined luxury of heritage combined with effortlessly efficient service and local expertise to create a moment to remember. In India, Taj hotels are strategically located to offer the Taj experience in business hubs, industrial towns and metropolises, as well as the most remote pilgrimage centers, historic and natural destinations. The group has extended its international presence with 15 hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, the UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
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