A luxury Boston hotel is making changes that include a new entrance from Newbury Street

The Taj Boston is getting a serious renovation.

Taj Hotel rendering
A rendering of the Taj Hotel, with its planned entrance on Newbury Street. –Taj Hotel

Visitors to the ritzy Taj Boston that overlooks the Public Garden will soon enter through a new front door on Newbury Street. The entranceway, complete with a landscaped terrace, window awnings, and lighting, is part of a makeover planned by owners who filed plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency on Monday.

Other changes to the hotel — which opened in 1927 as the original Ritz-Carlton in the United States —will include adding 13 guest rooms for a total of 286 and redesigning all of them in blue, gray, and cream with “understated” furnishings and accents “rooted in Boston tradition,” and converting the seasonal rooftop restaurant into a year-round space. The Taj also plans to restore dining destination The Bar, add a “state-of-the-art” fitness center with a view of Comm. Ave., and update its 16,000-square-foot event space.

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The renovations, which are already underway, are slated to be complete in early 2020.

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