Royal Sonesta Boston Review
About 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 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.
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