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The Taj Hotel is getting a makeover

A rendering shows the Taj Hotel’s planned new entrance on Newbury Street. The entrance is now on Arlington Street.
A rendering shows the Taj Hotel’s planned new entrance on Newbury Street. The entrance is now on Arlington Street.(CBT Architects)

One of Boston’s finest old hotels is finally getting a facelift.

The new owners of the Taj Hotel filed plans Monday with the Boston Planning & Development Agency to renovate the nearly-century-old Back Bay hotel. They want to add 13 guestrooms to give the hotel a total of 286, enclose and expand the rooftop restaurant for year-round use, and, perhaps most noticeably, move and improve the hotel’s main entrance from Arlington Street facing the Public Garden to create a “new front door” on Newbury Street. The cost of the project has not been disclosed.

An affiliate of Highgate Hotels — which in 2016 led a consortium with veteran developer Steve Karp and others to buy the Taj — filed the plans with BPDA. It is working to redevelop the grand hotel with Iconiq Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that manages money for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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The hotel will stay open during construction, which has already begun inside the building. The exterior changes will need BPDA approval. In a filing, Highgate said it hopes to finish the work in early 2020.


Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.