As a candy shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, and coffee destination, Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream has a little something sweet for everyone. In glass jars above the coolers, brightly-colored candy wrappers make a rainbow of options. Meanwhile, the pastry case shelves are lined with a wide variety fresh-baked muffins that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee?ground and brewed behind the counter?while scoops of ice cream are offered year-round, even during national gazpacho week.
With a stay at Taj Boston, you'll be centrally located in Boston, steps from George Washington Statue and minutes from Boston Public Garden. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Boston Common and Copley Place.
Make yourself at home in one of the 273 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and CD players. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and babysitting/childcare. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands, shopping on site, and a pool table.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Gregg and Barth, the owners of Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, stand in the large, industrial roasting area, pouring green coffee beans into mammoth roasters. They sniff the beans, which they’ve recently sourced from socially responsible, family-owned farms situated all over the world. Prior to this moment, they and their staff have thoroughly analyzed the beans, making sure that each batch enhances the bean’s body rather than overshadowing its natural flavor. The coffees are then packed up and shipped out, or sent to the company’s own Boston--based coffee shop, which has won shout-outs from a variety of media sources such as Martha Stewart Living and Forbes Magazine.
The rich aromas of coffee flood their coffee shop, a minimal, concrete-floored space. Baristas bustle, artfully crafting perfect cups of single-origin coffee or lattes crowned with foam leaves. The shop also hosts a variety of events, including traditional coffee ceremonies from Ethiopia and tastings of traditionally prepared Turkish coffee.
When walking down the stairs into the Channel Café, guests may not be clear as to whether they are entering an art gallery, restaurant, or a friend's swanky apartment. Paintings, sculptures, pictures of Angela Lansbury, and other perfect works of art fill the spacious dining room as natural light floods in through street-level windows beneath the high ceiling. The basement eatery owned by seasoned chef Tammie Watson and baker Joyce Parlapiano takes a simple, locally sourced approach to cooking while still creating eclectic dishes that fit in alongside artsy neighbors in the Fort Point Channel district. Espresso drinks and loose-leaf teas pair well with house-made granola or egg-and-potato-filled breakfast wraps, and a curated beer and wine selection livens up seasonal salads and burgers topped with a West African barbecue sauce.
Across from Boston University's west campus, the cooks at Angora Café fill their cozy storefront with the aromas of Europe. Drawing from a stock of imported ingredients, the culinary team incorporates Mediterranean flavors into roll-ups with fixings such as oven-roasted chicken and daily-changing hummus. Atop pizzas, they not only sprinkle classic toppings like mozzarella, but also unorthodox options such as mango and tofu. They also prepare low-carb wraps or low-calorie flatbreads crowned with turkey and spinach.
On the sweet side, the café's beverage concocters blend fruits, juices, and frozen yogurt into creamy smoothies. Scoops of low-fat frozen yogurt even serve as foundations for desserts like the chunky monkey, chocolate fro-yo smothered in peanut butter and Butterfingers.
The High Street branch of Boston Common Coffee Co. in the city’s Financial District is a comfortable place to hang out for a while, or to stop in for a fresh pastry and to-go coffee. The locally-owned shop roasts its beans daily at its own facility in Hopedale, and delivers the fresh results to their area storefronts several times a week. Baking is taken as seriously as the coffee at Boston Common, so customers can expect steaming muffins in the morning and warm cookies in the afternoon. Most of these sweet treats tend to go fast, and it’s not unlikely to see someone sitting at a nearby café table, nibbling on the remains of a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and enjoying the free WiFi. Panini, wraps and soups are also available for anyone looking for a more filling bite.