Free shuttle to Cambridge attractions during business hours
Lobby lounge serves cocktails and small plates
Studio coffee shop available for breakfast and lunch daily
26,000 square feet of event space includes waterfront terrace
Contemporary art on display throughout hotel and in some rooms
Non-smoking property (a con for some)
No spa, hot tub, or sauna facilities
Fee for parking
Breakfast not included in room rate
Thin walls between guest rooms may be troublesome for light sleepers
The upscale, 400-room Royal Sonesta Hotel is a modern, business-friendly property in East Cambridge, with beautiful views of the Charles River and the Cambridge and Boston skylines. The Royal Sonesta is convenient to the businesses at Kendall Square, as well as the many local tourist attractions. The hotel offers plenty of amenities, including a modern fitness center and indoor lap pool, free area shuttle service, fine dining, and a coffee shop. Waterfront meeting and event space is another perk for business travelers. Guest rooms are modern, bright, and spacious, with flat-screen TVs and sleek bathrooms. Most will prefer this hotel to the nearby Boston Marriott Cambridge, which isn't as stylish and has a less impressive indoor pool.
Spacious and sunny, with a hip, cool vibe and a impressive contemporary art collection
At 400 rooms, the Royal Sonesta Hotel is a large hotel, and similar in size to the nearby Boston Marriott Cambridge. The lobby and other common areas have super-high ceilings and a casual but stylish decor that includes striking red couches and other furnishings in shades of rich purple and gunmetal gray. The lounge areas lend themselves to quiet tete-a-tetes, business meetings, and other more subdued encounters. The lobby is generally populated with guests working on their laptops or enjoying a drink in the sophisticated ArtBar, so named because of the Royal Sonesta's impressive contemporary art collection. The common areas, including the fitness center walls, are hung with colorful, interesting work by emerging and established artists of conceptual, minimal, and pop art movements. Guests seeking a smaller, more intimate hotel may prefer the similarly priced Hotel Veritas, near Harvard Square, but in terms of cleanliness, service, and location, the Royal Sonesta ranks high on any list.
Families will likely appreciate the hotel's big, beautiful indoor pool, and location within walking distance of the Museum of Science, while business travelers will likely appreciate the excellent dining and drink options, event space, and proximity to Kendall Square.
On the Cambridge side of the Charles River, near Kendall Square tech companies and Museum of Science
The Royal Sonesta is located in East Cambridge, beside the Charles River, with gorgeous views of the riverfront and the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Runners can easily run along the Charles, which is just behind the hotel. The area is safe and well-lit; there are no issues with walking around the immediate area. The Royal Sonesta is easily accessed off the major highways, and T stations are walkable: the green line at Lechmere station is an eight-minute walk, while the red line at Kendall Square is a 17-minute walk. Shopping and dining are just across the street at the CambridgeSide Galleria. The tech companies and other business at Kendall Square are within a 15- to 20-minute walk, as well, making this a good spot for business travelers. The Museum of Science is a seven-minute walk around the corner. Within 10 minutes' drive are MIT, Harvard, Inman Square, and Faneuil Hall. The hotel runs a free first-come, first-serve shuttle to Cambridge attractions during business hours. Logan Airport is a seven-minute drive from the hotel. The Royal Sonesta offers self-parking and valet, both for a fee.
Stylish, modern rooms, many with river or skyline views
Guest rooms at the Royal Sonesta Hotel are spacious and sunny, with large picture windows, many of which have striking views of the Charles River, or the Cambridge and Boston skylines. In fact, rooms are categorized by view and bed size: Cambridge View or River View, with full-, queen-, or king-size beds. The hotel also offers Executive Suites with conference tables. Rooms are spotlessly clean, and many were updated in 2014; guests may want to request the more recently renovated rooms, particularly for their more modern bathrooms.
The decor is sophisticated and mod, in shades of brown and gray, with pops of bright blue, or dark-colored stripes. Contemporary artwork from the hotel's collection decorates some of the rooms. Each room has a large work surface and desk chair, as well as free wired and wireless Internet. Bathrooms are medium-size, with large, well-lit mirrors. Some have shower/tub combos while others have roomy, glassed-in shower stalls with attractively patterned tiling. Flat-screen TVs, alarm clocks, and electronic safes come standard. Some rooms have mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Rollaway beds are only permitted in some rooms, for a fee.
Two popular restaurants with riverside patio dining, modern fitness center, indoor pool, and waterfront event space
The Royal Sonesta Hotel features a lobby coffee shop with an assortment of grab-and-go snacks and sandwiches, including homemade pastries. There are a few booths and tables for eating in. ArtBar is one of the hotel's two upscale casual restaurants and serves specialty cocktails and a local, seasonal menu in a sophisticated dining room or on the outdoor patio. Restaurant dante serves a classical Italian menu, also with indoor and outdoor dining options. Dante offers an oyster happy hour and other special events, such as Grilled Cheese Tuesdays.
The Royal Sonesta's fitness center, open 24/7, is huge by hotel standards, and well-equipped with Cybex and Precor machines, free weights, and medicine balls. There's enough space to get in a real workout, with the added benefit of excellent city views. The hotel's indoor saltwater pool has three lap lanes plus an area for recreational swimming. The pool is in a spacious, sunny atrium, with a seasonal sundeck for relaxing.
There are two computers in the lobby for boarding-pass printing. The Royal Sonesta has 26,000 square feet of meeting and conference space for up to 550 guests. The meeting rooms are fresh and stylish, and include an outdoor terrace on the Charles River. While there are no dedicated children's features, the hotel delivers milk and homemade cookies as part of certain family-friendly packages.
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