Beano in Beantown
Beano; noun, British: a noisy festive celebration
I love Boston. It has just the right amount of hustle, without too much of the crazy bustle. It also has my “creature comforts” of New York, but set up in a more manageable and less overwhelming way than my hometown. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York, but sometimes I also love to leave it and go to a city with a little less chaos.
We try to get there once a year, and when we do, we stay at The Taj Boston on the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets. In 2006, The Taj Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of the India-based Tata Group, purchased The Ritz-Carlton Boston from Millennium Partners for $170 Million. The Ritz-Carlton Boston was renamed Taj Boston in early 2007. Incidentally, Boston still has a Ritz Carlton hotel, which is now located on Avery Street.
Why do we love it there?
First and foremost, the Location
We send the valet off with the car, and we explore Boston on foot, which is what we are used to in New York. You can exit the hotel on Newbury Street, and be steps away from luxury retail stores including Tiffany’s, Chanel and Longchamp.
Travel a bit further to more pocket-friendly finds like Second Time Around, Reiss, and for the kids — Game Stop.
My favorite thing is that Joe’s Pub (Joe’s American Grill & Bar) is a few short blocks away. When in Beantown, Joe’s is always a “must” on my list.
Location is most of the experience but the hotel has to be pretty wonderful too…
Our second reason for choosing The Taj Boston is the room
We stay in room 819 on every trip. It’s a 900 square foot suite, with a dining room, large master bedroom, and living room where an additional bed can be set up.
You can get the fireplace lit for you and have an enjoyable private dinner for a group, or yourself, in the comfort of your room and your pajamas if you feel like it. We look forward to that room for a number of reasons, but our most favorite reason is ordering breakfast to the room and spending family time at the table together before heading out to take in the city.
Third, and very important, the hotel amenities are pristine.
The hotel bar boasts a wine, cocktail and food list that would compete with any bar in New York. If you like scotch, they offer over 20 types.
The food varies from daily oyster selections, a lobster roll, turkey club, and of course, New England Clam Chowder.
We have not eaten at The French Room restaurant at the hotel, but it is always packed for breakfast.
The lobby is stunning, boasting beautiful fresh flowers daily, and on the second floor, afternoon tea is offered on the weekends.
The kids are looked after by Taj Genies with activities should the adults make a big wish.
If you find yourself visiting Beantown, make sure to check out this gem.
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
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In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.