Friday, February 09, 2007

Discreet luxury in Cambridge MA: Royal Sonesta Hotel

Since my first stay at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, I have returned five times, in spite of the fact that it is not the most inexpensive place to stay in central Boston. Why? The Royal Sonesta is simply a great hotel to stay in, large and spacious rooms, wonderful service and a view to die for.

Location: BBBBB

The hotel is located by the Charles River, close to Lechmere, the end station of the green lines, and a 10 minute walk to Kendall, on the red line between Alewife and Braintree/Matappan. It is also close to CambridgeSide Galleria, where you have a large number of shops, a large food court and a few good restaurants, the Cheesecake Factory, Paparazzi, and California Pizza kitchen. In the neighbourhood you also find the Boston Science Museum.

The hotel is situated with a magnificent view at the river and downtown Boston with Beacon Hill, the Charles Bridge and the Back Bay Area.

Service: BBBBB

The best thing with this hotel is the staff and their wonderful service. During the whole stay you feel extremely well taken care of as a guest. They have done their homework. They are, through their hotel computer system, well informed that you are a returning guest. Porters and receptionists welcome you back, and even “remember” details from previous visits.

And sometimes it pays off returning. The last time we stayed there, I had ordered a Cambridge view room, but was informed that I had been upgraded to a Charles River view. The picture gives you the spectacular view one late summer morning, but you can sit enjoying the American feeling by watching all the lights from the highrise buildings of downtown Boston during the night.

And they provide you with excellent service during your stay and the are very helpful if you need information on what to do in the Boston area.

The only downside is that the hotel does not include breakfast in the price, but most hotels in US does not offer breakfast included in the room price. The alternatives are there, however, an inexpensive breakfast cafeteria where you can shop at a relatively low price. If you would, however, like to eat in style you can order an Egg Benedict, but enjoying their breakfast comes at a price, it is expensive. But if you are on vacation, why not!!

The rooms: BBBBB

The rooms are very spacious, and delicately decorated, in beige, and cream. The double rooms you get two, very large and very comfortable beds, so much room for one, and even for two to dream the night away. So even so much space that we have, at one occation even have stayed three.

You have a television, concealed in an elegant TV-cabinet, radio alarmclock and a hot water bottle so you can make coffee and tea in the morning. And if you want something stronger you can use the hotel minibar.

The bathroom have a bathtub and shower, all beautifully decorated. And there are small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath foam.

And all the rooms are immaculately clean and very well maintained.

Hotel facilities: BBBBB

And if you want to stay in the hotel, there are plenty to do.

You can visit the Dante Restaurant, bar and patio where you can get food, and during the hot season you can sit outside enjoying the river view sipping to a Gin and Tonic, or a Long Island Iced Tea.

If you want to stay fit you can visit the Health Club and their wonderful swimming pool, that even have a retractable roof so you can swim outside during hot days. Or you can be pampered in the Spa department.

Price: BBBB

From a budget point of view, the Royal Sonesta is not the best deal in Boston. The best price, with a cambridge view in february (low season) is $139 + tax. Still you get much for your money, the service, the comfort, and the experience of discreet luxury

Overall score: BBBBB-

A very good place to stay, and for those of you that want a romantic weekend, Royal Sonesta is a very good deal.

Hotel information:

Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston
40 Edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142
P: (617) 806-4200

Online booking

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