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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great service. Great accommodations. Wonderful mid-winter vacation.

Feb 26, 2021 jeanarp Somerville, Massachusetts

My wife and I couldn't have asked for a better mini-vacation.  Our accommodations were excellent, with magnificent views of the Charles River and downtown Boston. My wife loves to swim. The pool area felt like an oasis. We enjoyed eating out and grabbing takeout from nearby restaurants. Don't miss Toscanini's ice cream, just a three minute walk… Read more
My wife and I couldn't have asked for a better mini-vacation.  Our accommodations were excellent, with magnificent views of the Charles River and downtown Boston. My wife loves to swim. The pool area felt like an oasis. We enjoyed eating out and grabbing takeout from nearby restaurants. Don't miss Toscanini's ice cream, just a three minute walk from the hotel. I was a bit anxious about staying in a hotel, as I'm in a higher risk category for Covid. But I had been told that the Sonesta's HVAC system had been completely upgraded last year. Just to be extra safe, I brought a CO2 meter to help measure the air quality in our room. It was excellent.  I even felt completely comfortable inside the gym - as the CO2 levels (measured several times) weren't much higher than being outdoors. All of the staff were friendly and responsive.  I want to particularly thank Manoj Kumar and Eneida (Starbucks) for their kindness. My wife and I are looking forward to returning soon. Read less
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Feb 17, 2021 bridieb2 boston, massachusetts

Just returned from a long weekend at the Royal Sonesta Boston. The purpose was for our kids to have a little getaway somewhere with a pool where we can't really fly now. Our room was very clean (spotless) and the beds were heavenly to sleep on --so comfortable. The only problem was the heat in the room couldn't be adjusted and even with the… Read more
Just returned from a long weekend at the Royal Sonesta Boston. The purpose was for our kids to have a little getaway somewhere with a pool where we can't really fly now. Our room was very clean (spotless) and the beds were heavenly to sleep on --so comfortable. The only problem was the heat in the room couldn't be adjusted and even with the windows open, the room was sweltering hot. We were told several rooms of the hotel have this problem right now. Staff did, however, move us to a beautiful, roomy suite. The view of the Charles River and buildings lit at night was very nice. The pool was a salt water, unheated pool and very basic but our kids did enjoy it. The one restaurant in the hotel was closed due to covid but there are restaurants within walking distance. Also, there was no room cleaning during covid. I would definitely say that this is more of a hotel for couples looking for a short getaway or those on a business trip. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice hotel, with great staff!

Jan 28, 2021 RouzbehBorhani

I had experience of staying in Royal Sonesta Cambridge for 2 weeks, and I got very good services as well as warm hospitality! Management was very professional and they know how to treat to their loyal customers!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Harassment and Unapproved charges

Jan 18, 2021 733ciarah

I stayed here this weekend and honestly after the hassle I went through I literally just left and went home before midnight when I didn't get settled in until 10:30pm. I stayed here with 2 friends and we received a noise complaint which we immediately responded to by quieting down and turning off our music. Not even 1 minute passes by when we… Read more
I stayed here this weekend and honestly after the hassle I went through I literally just left and went home before midnight when I didn't get settled in until 10:30pm. I stayed here with 2 friends and we received a noise complaint which we immediately responded to by quieting down and turning off our music. Not even 1 minute passes by when we start talking again at a regular volume when the security guard Erald knocked on our door yet again to complain about noise that we were not making. He said that we'd have to leave if he got another call. Which was ridiculous because at 11pm on a Saturday I should be able to laugh and chat with friends. We spoke to a manager about feeling harassed and the possibility of switching rooms since Erald was literally stalking our door and the room making the calls to the front desk was also being weird. They said we could switch and checked us into a room that had not previously been cleaned and sanitized the way all the other rooms had. Then they charged me an extra $75 dollars for that switch when in all reality they put us at risk during a Global Pandemic with an unsanitized room and after switching we felt like we were being watched and monitored. This was such an uncomfortable feeling and stay, so we decided to leave and I should have had words with the front desk but I was so upset that I just needed to travel back home. Worst 2 hour stay at a hotel I've ever had and corporate will be hearing from me. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect getaway destination

Jan 16, 2021 S4538WKjuliet

Great hotel and fabulous staff, especially Manoj! Rooms are clean, the river view is awesome. Have chosen this hotel many times in the last several years and I am never disappointed. Highly recommend for the perfect getaway