Royal Sonesta

Boston, USA

The hotel

This contemporary riverside hotel boasts sweeping views of Boston's skyline and an impressive collection of artworks. Guest rooms are gorgeous too, all very comfortable with soothing furnishings and a good range of mod cons. There’s an atrium-style swimming pool to relax by and a health club. If you prefer the great outdoors, no problem, the Boston Jogging Course, just shy of nine miles, takes you past some very popular landmarks! For food-lovers, the ArtBar is a warm and intimate retreat serving innovative, refined, seasonal American cuisine. But that’s not all it boasts – it is also home to a wonderful patio, right on the banks of the river, perfect for a spot of al-fresco dining. Studio Express, the new in-room dining concept offers gourmet, balanced meals and snacks made in-house in 15 minutes or less, neatly packaged to either eat in your room or enjoy on the go.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the Cambridge banks of the Charles River and across from the 100 shops at CambridgeSide Galleria. Within easy walking distance also of the Lechmere Metro for venturing the sort distance to downtown. Transfer time from Boston Logan International Airport: 10 minutes.

Hotel information

400 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, clock radio, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. City View Rooms offer views of Cambridge, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

River View Rooms overlook the Charles River and offer stunning views of the Boston Skyline with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

ArtBar (seasonal menu and American cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch). dante (Italian cuisine, open for dinner and light bites). Studio (coffee shop with grab-and-go options). Studio Express in-room dining* (breakfast, lunch or snacks). Atrium-style swimming pool with sundeck. 24-hour fitness centre. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge. Complimentary WiFi. Self-parking $42 plus tax, per day and valet parking $45 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a view!!

Jul 25, 2021 JHF4 Kittery, Maine

My daughter and I stayed one night in one of their corner rooms. It was unbelievable! Wall to wall windows to see the entire Boston skyline. The hotel is in walking distance to the Museum of Science and the Esplanade. It is directly across the street from the Cambridge mall where there are of restaurants and shopping. Very friendly staff and… Read more
My daughter and I stayed one night in one of their corner rooms. It was unbelievable! Wall to wall windows to see the entire Boston skyline. The hotel is in walking distance to the Museum of Science and the Esplanade. It is directly across the street from the Cambridge mall where there are of restaurants and shopping. Very friendly staff and we were able to check in early! The only thing I wish they had was a paper or booklet informing of all the hotel amenities and where the ice machine was. Room temp was hard to regulate probably due to all the windows. Overall great stay and can't wait to go back!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice hotel in a great location!

Jul 24, 2021 W5221KSkimd

The hotel is clean, modern and updated. It is in a great location right across from The Charles River. Walking path along the river. The T into Boston is just a 10 min walk. Our room had a nice size fridge and a one cup at a time coffee maker. Definitely will be staying here again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay!

Jul 22, 2021 MariaP102767 Freehold, New Jersey

We had a wonderful stay at the Sonesta this week. Stayed for one night midweek, came to see an exhibit at the MFA. Arrived for a late check in around 9 pm. Greeted by a friendly and welcoming front desk attendant. Though we didn’t reserve a room with a view, she gave us one with a view of the Museum of Science, the Charles River, Zachim Bridge and… Read more
We had a wonderful stay at the Sonesta this week. Stayed for one night midweek, came to see an exhibit at the MFA. Arrived for a late check in around 9 pm. Greeted by a friendly and welcoming front desk attendant. Though we didn’t reserve a room with a view, she gave us one with a view of the Museum of Science, the Charles River, Zachim Bridge and beyond, beautifully lit up at night! Clean, comfortable room. With 3 in our party, we called down for extra pillows and they were delivered quickly by a friendly gentleman. The morning brought Starbucks coffee and delicious breakfast sandwiches from the Studio cafe. There was one person working the Studio and she was quick, efficient and friendly while managing a short line of folks waiting for their morning coffee. I saw later that her coworker had arrived. She needed the help! We had some parking concerns and questions all were remedied by the helpful front desk staff and morning manager. Wish we had time to jump in the awesome pool, will have to wait for our next stay. This is our go to hotel when visiting one of our favorite places. Thank you! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Too many.

Jul 7, 2021 MikeWDS9

Really disappointed! My wife and I looked forward to staying at one of their hotels, since hearing feed back from others about their experiences at other locations around the country. Unfortunately, we experienced one issue after another. From house keeping issues, A/C issues, to a dog barking and howling. I fully understand that thing happen.… Read more
Really disappointed! My wife and I looked forward to staying at one of their hotels, since hearing feed back from others about their experiences at other locations around the country. Unfortunately, we experienced one issue after another. From house keeping issues, A/C issues, to a dog barking and howling. I fully understand that thing happen. But for us, there were just to many. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful hotel and location but trouble with A/C

Jul 1, 2021 Jess_O21502

My family and I just returned from 3 nights. The hotel itself is beautiful and in a great location. Upon arrival we were “upgraded” to a two twin room with partial river view on the 10th floor. Once we walked in the room we noticed how hot it was. After driving for 7 hours and arriving so late we decided to give the a/c some time to work. We woke… Read more
My family and I just returned from 3 nights. The hotel itself is beautiful and in a great location. Upon arrival we were “upgraded” to a two twin room with partial river view on the 10th floor. Once we walked in the room we noticed how hot it was. After driving for 7 hours and arriving so late we decided to give the a/c some time to work. We woke up the next morning and the temperature only dripped one degree (it was 78 in the room). We called the front desk and expressed our concern and were told someone would come to inspect it and we didn't have to be there when they came (we had reservations for several attractions). We came back late that night and it was still the same. Called the front desk and they said the maintenance man would come up. He came up around 12:30 a.m. and said there wasn't much they could do because the system was overloaded due to the heat and the best recommendation he had was to crack a window. We went out again the next day and came back to a similar situation. We only stayed 3 nights and didn't feel it was worth it to pack everything and request a new room on our last night. Wish this would have been addressed properly the first time. I know this is not the only complaint about this issue on this site. I hope they upgrade the system, especially for the higher floors. This is unacceptable. Read less