Jun. 7th, 2012

Taj Boston Offers a Historic Taste of the Orient

Taj Boston
Photo Courtesy of Taj Hotels
Historic opulence, five-star service, and one of the best locations in the city are just a few things that come to mind when describing the Taj Boston. The landmark Taj Boston is located at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets and offers a fabulous view of the Public Garden across the street. The hotel brand is well known for its impeccable personalized service and our stay proved no exception. With just three locations in the United States (the other two are in New York and San Francisco), Taj Hotels is one of Asia’s largest hotel groups.

Our Premier King Park View room had a front row view overlooking the Public Garden and featured a variety of luxury amenities, including plush Frette robes, Moulton Brown bath and body products, flat screen TVs and a marble bathroom. There is also a complimentary Jaguar XJ town car available for use during your stay. The room was also pet-friendly and our four-legged friend was provided with a pet bed, food bowel, and water bowl complete with water bottles.

The gorgeous hotel maintains a storied past since its opening in 1927. Since then, Prince Charles, the Duke of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Elizabeth Taylor and Irving Berlin have all stayed here. Oscar Hammerstein even composed the lyrics to The Sound of Music there during one of his stays. Be sure to head upstairs to the intimate French Room for afternoon tea or have a glass of cabernet in the cozy Bar. We had dinner at The Café, located street level overlooking Newbury Street (be sure to request a window seat for some great views).

The Café has recently introduced a new raw bar and new menus for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday champagne brunch service, held on the beautiful glassed-in roof. Executive Chef Michael Mandato has paired up New England classics with regional Indian specialties for a well balanced menu. Start off with a sampling of Blue Point oysters or some tuna, scallop, or salmon ceviche before moving on to a bowl of clam chowder.

There are several Indian dishes here like chicken tikka and vegetable biryani, as well as New England classics with a twist (think pan seared lemon sole with lobster risotto and English peas paired with Angus beef strip steak alongside roasted potatoes and broccolini). Taj Boston is located at 15 Arlington Street in Boston. For reservations or more information, call (617) 536-5700 or visit www.tajhotels.com.

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Kellie K. Speed
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