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.
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.