TAJ Hotels Resorts and Palaces, with 76 luxury hotels worldwide, unfurled its distinctive white and gold flag over the 15 Arlington Street entrance to the 80-year classic Beaux Arts landmark hotel facing the Boston Public Garden early this year.
This is in line with a stated strategy to manage properties in key gateway cities across the globe.
The 273-room hotel officially became the Taj Boston at the ceremonial handover.
Acquired for $170 million cash last November from Millennium Partners in New York, the Arlington Street property is Taj Hotels’ second US hotel. In 2005, Taj Hotels entered into a lease agreement to operate and manage The Pierre, the luxurious landmark hotel on New York’s Fifth Avenue.
“We believe this is New England’s finest hotel and Boston’s premier social address, and we are honored to continue its 80-year tradition of unrivalled hospitality with Taj’s 100-year-plus worldwide commitment to elegant hotels and quintessential service,” said Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Ltd, which operates Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.
Hotel general manager David Gibbons said that apart from new signage, new employee uniforms, and various aesthetic Taj touches, guests will immediately notice the legendary Taj service and style. The hotel underwent a $60 million restoration in 2002.
“This is a very exciting time to be entering the luxury hotel market in Boston,” he noted. “The city is experiencing a strong economic resurgence and is attracting new business and leisure travelers. We look forward to providing a tradition of international hospitality and pampering that discerning travelers expect and deserve.”
Taj Boston offers guests accommodations, dining experiences, recreational activities and business facilities. The hotel has 273 guestrooms, including 45 exquisitely designed suites, some with wood-burning fireplaces. Windows open to stunning views of the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
The dining room, embellished with cobalt blue and crystal chandeliers, has been impressing guests with culinary classics for over 79 years.
Taj Boston offers impeccable service and the finest amenities, including a Fireplace Butler and a Children's Suite. The hotel also has a fitness centre.