The Newbury Boston opens for business

Former Taj Boston is reborn following extensive restoration

The Newbury Boston has officially opened its doors this week following a complete reimagining and restoration of the iconic property by owner, Highgate.

Located in Back Bay, Boston’s premier shopping and dining destination, and directly across from The Public Garden, the property originally opened in 1927 as one of the first Ritz Carlton hotels in the United States.

Most recently operated as Taj Boston for 12 years, the hotel and was closed at the end of October 2019 and earmarked for relaunch by Highgate as The Newbury in early 2020. That intention was delayed by the pandemic.

The Newbury Boston | Credit: Read McKendree | Source: Facebook

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Leveraging three world-renowned designers, Highgate meticulously transformed the building into a 286-room hotel, complete with signature dining experiences, event spaces, and a reimagined entrance plaza on Newbury Street.

The Newbury’s offerings include the new rooftop restaurant, Contessa, with views of Boston as its backdrop; a revived cherished local destination, The Street Bar; and an exclusive guest lounge, The Library.

Heritage architecture and residential comfort envelop each guestroom and suite at The Newbury Boston. Designed by acclaimed interior design firm Champalimaud Design, each room and suite incorporate a calming colour palette and tactile materials that are contemporary, yet reflective of the tailored Bostonian aesthetic. Layering upon stunning stylistic elements of handcrafted wood, herringbone accents, and marble touches that further add a sense of lavish materiality and craftsmanship, rooms are appointed with hand-selected, richly textured furnishings and original artwork, along with luxury amenities exclusively curated for guests.

The Newbury Boston, Guest Suite – Image credits (from left to right): 1, 2 and 3. Read McKendree | 4. Nikolas Koenig | 5. Durston Saylor

The Newbury offers 90 luxury suites, nearly half of which feature wood-burning fireplaces, and two dramatic Presidential Suites.

The lobby and public spaces feature an unmatched selection of contemporary artwork, bringing to life the building’s traditional place as a salon for the arts. The Newbury art collection draws upon the legendary salons of Europe, where avant-garde artists, writers, poets, musicians and fashion designers would come together for camaraderie and conversation. The collection features contemporary artists shaping the art world with new technology and innovative techniques.

The Newbury Boston is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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The Newbury Boston – 1 and 2. The Street Bar  | 3 and 4. The Library – Credit: Nikolas Koenig

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