Once I rolled into the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, MA, it was round 12:30am on a Thursday morning. The foyer was eerily quiet and I used to be shortly checked into my room. The lodge has 400 rooms and suites divided between two towers, and so they’d assigned me to certainly one of their suites within the West Tower (room 653).
Once I was rising up, my household stayed on the Sonesta in Key Biscayne, Florida, a few instances, however within the a long time following I didn’t hear a lot in regards to the Sonesta model. On this keep, I used to be wanting to study extra about them. It seems that Sonesta is family-owned—and in its heyday, the unique couple that owned it (named Sonny and Ester, making it “Son-esta”) had over 350 motels. The motels went downhill till they had been offered to a different Massachusetts household that’s slowly bringing them again. There at the moment are round 80 Sonesta motels in seven international locations, together with the newly bought Clift Resort in San Francisco. There are additionally now an assortment of lodge types, which you’ll be able to study on this web page.
Listed here are my 10 causes to remain on the Royal Sonesta Boston:
It was my first time staying in Cambridge and I cherished it. It’s a lot quieter than town of Boston and it has manner higher views (see #2). You even have to like that it’s simply 4 miles from BOS airport (13 minutes with out site visitors).
I arrived late at evening and my curtains had been shut from the turndown service. Once I opened the curtains within the morning I virtually spit the plum out of my mouth once I noticed the view. Wow! The Charles River and town collectively are actually jaw-dropping, to the extent that the lodge has a well-liked dwell webcam mounted on its roof due to EarthCam.
three. Newly renovated rooms
The lodge simply underwent an in depth renovation so all the pieces feels new regardless that the constructing is previous. The motif was a bit darkish for my style however all the pieces was clear and functioned effectively. They even have movement nightlights, which I don’t like, however I do know I’m within the minority right here. Mainly, if you happen to stand up to make use of the toilet in the midst of the evening, you’ll be able to see the place you’re going. They weren’t these obnoxious nightlights positioned beneath finish tables which are tough for individuals delicate to mild (like me) to cowl. They’re situated on the ground. I discovered hand towel from the lavatory positioned in entrance covers them properly.
four. Snug beds
Clearly, one of the vital essential elements of a lodge is a snug mattress and the Royal Sonesta didn’t disappoint on that entrance. My mattress had crisp, clear, smooth sheets in addition to pillow sizes that had been excellent.
5. Free cookies
It’s important to love a lodge that gives its company free chocolate chip cookies. They place them within the foyer in a three-tier tray within the late afternoons and the cookies are there till they’re gone. They’re skinny, home made and an awesome contact.
6. Wine receptions every weeknight
One other good foyer contact: Sonesta provides all Journey Cross members (to be one, all you need to do is give them your e-mail once you test in) a free wine reception between 5pm and 6pm each weeknight.
7. Artwork Bar
Talking of drinks, the lodge’s Artwork Bar is a well-liked restaurant/bar that even locals go to. There’s indoor and out of doors seating, and the latter particularly is a good place to satisfy pals on a heat summer season day and take within the beautiful river views.
eight. “New England Clam Bakes”
My group ate subsequent to Artwork Bar on a close-by patio to attempt the catered “New England Clam Bake,” which the lodge provides to teams (company events and weddings). It was carried out rather well and the meals was so good. Beneath within the gallery is a photograph of the menu.
9. Room service
One of many lodge’s distinctive choices is room service with a twist throughout breakfast and lunch. Every menu has 5 choices together with cold and warm gadgets, with all the pieces made on the lodge premises. (As a part of my go to, the lodge gave my group a cooking class to see how gifted their pastry cooks are.) Effectively, once you order off both room service menu, the lodge guarantees to convey it to your room inside 15 minutes—in any other case it’s free. They obtain this by placing the meals in a bag and permitting workers to journey within the visitor elevators. I examined them out with a breakfast sandwich and it arrived in 13 minutes.
10. It’s throughout the road from a mall
As a enterprise (and leisure) traveler, it’s comforting to know that if you happen to overlook one thing from residence or one thing rips, breaks or runs out, you don’t should journey far to discover a alternative. Immediately throughout the road from the Royal Sonesta Boston is the CambridgeSide Galleria, which has over 100 shops together with a TJ Maxx and CVS. There are additionally three eating places and a meals courtroom.
Charges on the Royal Sonesta Boston start at $169/evening (weekends in January) or $400/evening in the summertime. For extra on the lodge, go to this web page.
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