Royal Sonesta Boston Review

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40 Edwin Land Blvd, Cambridge MA
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Editor’s Review of Royal Sonesta Boston

Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston is part of a family-run Boston-based company known as Sonesta Collection. The company owns and operates additional properties in Miami, New Orleans, St. Maarten, Brazil, Peru, and Egypt, plus a handful of cruise ships sailing the Nile. Sonesta Boston (which actually sits on the Cambridge side of the river) is the company's longest continuously operating hotel. The hotel consists of two towers connected by an interior lobby. The East tower (built in 1963) and the West tower (added in 1984) offer a total of 400 guest rooms. Extensive renovations to both towers were completed in March 2008.

Sonesta was started, named after, and is currently led by members of the Sonnabend family. The company has a
... more reputation in the industry for their passion for art, quality cuisine, and great service. The later is evidenced by low staff turnover (not a claim many travel industry companies can make). Employees are developed and treated like family.

I know this first hand because I began my career in the industry, almost two decades ago, working for the (then) Vice President of Marketing, Stephanie Sonnabend. At the time she was a mother of two young children herself and wanted to make sure all of Sonesta's hotels had amenities that would appeal to family travelers, whether it was children's programs at the resort properties, or seasonal family-friendly perks in Boston that included free boat rides on the Charles River, bicycles, and ice-cream.

As for the art, artistic expression is an integral part of the Sonesta experience and evidenced in their architecture, decor, food presentation and most notably, their world-class art collection. Guest rooms and public spaces are adorned with original works by many of contemporary art's most respected artists. In addition, Sonesta commissions artworks that reflect the destinations and cultures in which their properties are located. Art aficionados can pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure of the hotel at the Guest Services desk.

For more information, read about Sonesta Hotels and Resorts. less
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  • Family-run and family-friendly
  • Stunning city views
  • Kids' menus and nearby food court
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  • Bicycling
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • Pool
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Each guest room and suite offers hypoallergenic down blankets, comfortable pillow-top mattresses, coffee maker, Ipod docking station, a flat-screen TV, in-room movies (from $4.99-$29.99), complimentary Internet access, and 24-hour room service.

In addition, the large dresser beneath the TV has three deep drawers and a mini-bar cabinet. Note: the mini-bar is pre-stocked with snacks, beer, wine, soda, and juices so there is very little room to store much else.

The bathroom includes an elegant granite-topped furniture style vanity and is stocked with nice amenities (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and sewing kit. A dental kit is available upon request). Moms will appreciate the full-sized hair dryer.

Nintendo Game Cube games as well as family-friendly movies (we watched Kung Fu Panda while there) can be purchased from your room. Game Cube choices included Mario Kart Double Dash, Surf' s Up, Backyard Baseball, and Animal Crossing ($6.95 per hour).

While a particular room assignment cannot be guaranteed, you can have the reservation agent note one of the following preferences. Request an East tower room if you want to be on the same side of the hotel as the Art Bar (morning coffee) and health club. West tower rooms allow for quicker access to your car, and, in general, rooms with two beds are outfitted with queens (as opposed to two full-size beds in East tower rooms).

In addition, the rooms ending in "01" and "02" in the East tower offer stunning views from their floor to ceiling windows, even in the bathroom. These rooms have showers with no tubs and one queen size bed, and an alcove area with a desk that could also fit a crib or cot that is therefore away from the bed and bathroom.

Executive suites are large L-shaped rooms with a king-bed at the top of the "L" near the door and an expansive parlor area across the room's windows that includes a sofa-bed and space for a cot. Connect one of these suites to a room with two beds to form a larger suite.

Splurge on one of the 600+ square-foot premier suites (known as the New England and Artist suites). These suites showcase artworks by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Katherine Porter. In addition, you'll find Tibetan rugs, recessed lighting, remote control drapes, Bose CD-radios, a dining table for six; and two marble bathrooms, one with a whirlpool tub, heated floor, and towel warmer.

The majority of the hotel is non-smoking, with the exception of one floor of guest rooms.