Although I was given a media stay at Royal Sonesta Boston, all opinions in this post are my own.
As many of you know, I had a busy summer. I basically hopped around the United States from the east to west and from north to south. My last trip of the summer was a family vacation to Boston Massachusetts. While planning our vacation to Boston, picking a hotel was the first step. You may recall my Atlanta staycation at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Hotel this past spring. During that visit I learned about the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. It had everything we were looking for in a hotel. The Royal Sonesta Boston is in a convenient location, has multiple restaurants, great amenities and earned AAA’s Four Diamond Award.
Location: Location, location, location! The location of the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel on the Charles River was amazing! Although the hotel resides in Cambridge, it is walking distance from Boston with spectacular views of the river and the Boston skyline. From the moment I stepped into the posh lobby, I noticed the scenic views. After stopping at the front desk I immediately went outside to take it all in. The Royal Sonesta Boston is in a convenient walkable neighborhood. Cambridge Side Galleria mall is located right in front of the hotel. The back of the hotel hosts a biking/running path and is walking distance from the Museum of Science. My family and I enjoyed walks along the river as well as the convenience of going to shops and restaurants in Boston and Cambridge. Based on the location of the Royal Sonesta Boston, you have the best of both worlds. Enjoy Boston AND Cambridge from this location!
The Room: My family and I both stayed in large rooms with 2 queen sized beds. Everything we needed was in the room including a coffee/tea maker, a refrigerator, a large screen TV, a desk and even bathrobes. The beds were extremely comfortable which almost made it difficult to get out and see the sights in Boston! The room was also spotless and cleaned promptly every day. The bathroom was equipped with L’ Occitane products which are my favorite. But, the best part of the room was the view! We were on the 8th floor and had fantastic views of the Charles River. It was serene to wake up every morning and watch the sun rise above the river. I also enjoyed watching the boats sail by and runners along the path.
The Restaurants: Royal Sonesta Boston offers 4 great ways to eat. There is ArtBar, Restaurant Dante-serving classic Italian cuisine by Chef Dante de Magistris, the Studio Coffee Shop and Studio Express.
ArtBar: After dining at ArtBar at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place in Atlanta, I was excited to try the one in Boston. ArtBar has both an indoor and outdoor space and is attached to a long patio. When I arrived on a Sunday morning, diners were enjoying brunch to live music on the patio. It was lovely. That evening my family and I were treated to a sampling of appetizers and entrees from the dinner menu. I was pleasantly surprised that the executive sous chef took the time to present some of these items to us. We dined on the patio while taking in cool Boston summer breezes and spectacular sunset views. Our dinner items included: hummus with mixed olives and pita chips, chicken wings with honey, sesame seed and green onion, the ArtBar Burger, the lobster roll, blackened fish tacos with creamy slaw and pico de gallo, the sweet potato tots and the red berry mascarpone tort for dessert! It was a delicious feast! We all wanted to try the “Sundae Blitz” which comes with three types of ice cream, caramel and fudge sauce, pretzel, butterfinger…but we were too full! While staying at the Royal Sonesta Boston hotel I also had the pleasure of trying breakfast items at ArtBar. The fruit plate was very fresh (and colorful). The chef recommended the extremely fluffy buttermilk pancakes which did not disappoint. The house-made hash of corned beef, poached eggs, pepper, onion and hollandaise sauce was also amazing!
The Studio Coffee Shop: If you are in a rush, would like to just grab and go or would like to have food delivered to your room, the Studio Coffee Shop and Studio Express are available. We found the coffee shop to be very convenient serving baked goods made in house as well as salads and sandwiches. Try the banana bread! There is a seating area at the coffee shop or you can enjoy eating in the comfortable lobby lounge area with views of the Charles River.
The Events: The Royal Sonesta Boston accommodates meetings, weddings and social events. There are several areas available for events including the Grand Ballroom, the Longfellow Suites, the Skyline Suites and the Riverside Terrace. During the summer there was jazz on the ArtBar patio hosted by Rich Di Mare. This event featured weekly guest performers. Sitting out on the patio, sipping on a cocktail while enjoying live jazz? What a perfect summer evening!
The Service: One of the things that can really make or break your experience at a hotel is the service. From the moment I walked in the staff at the Royal Sonesta Hotel were friendly and accommodating. The front desk staff arranged for early check in, the concierge booked my tour and held my bags and the restaurant staff aimed to please. After arriving back from a long day of touring the city, we noticed wine being served in the lobby. We submitted our emails to join the “travel pass” program and were handed glasses of refreshing California wines from Canyon Road. It was a nice touch. But, do you want to know what my teenage nieces enjoyed the most? The chocolate chip cookies and fruit infused water in the lobby!
My family and I truly enjoyed our summer vacation at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. I definitely recommended it for your next trip to Boston or Cambridge! For more information please visit their website.
I think this quick video gives you a sense of the lovely atmosphere and delicious food at Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel!
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Dr. Nadeen White is a "Blogger by Day, Physician by Night". She is an award-winning travel blogger, Amazon bestselling author and speaker. The Sophisticated Life Blog covers affordable luxury travel, culinary travel and wine. Her domestic and international travel guides gets people to the destinations of their dreams. So, if you are living the sophisticated life or desire to do so, this is the blog for you!