We decided to stay in a four star hotel for three days of our week long Christmas vacation in the Boston area. Only stay here If you are into contemporary art, being charged for absolutely everything from $5.50 bottled water in room, to unreal rates in the hotel restaurants ($107 dining for two - nothing special). The hotel shuttle doesn't allow luggage, and has very limited, fairly useless points that it stops at. The rooms were clean, but unimpressive for a four star hotel. This was much less of a "four star" experience than we have had at many three star hotels. Honestly this building should be turned into an art gallery/museum and it would be much more fitting.
Highly recommend the Doubletree in Cambridge, and Comfort Inn and Suites near the airport. Of the three hotels, the Comfort Inn and Suites was the best value at $90/night with 24 hour airport complimentary shuttle, but Doubletree had best views and more upper class everything.
We LOVED Boston, the people were wonderful, the public transport is easy to use and safe (we bought the 7-day "Charlie Card") which was the best $15 we spent all week). Just don't stay at Royal Sonesta. Trust me, I know, I have travelled extensively all over the world, and stayed in hundreds of hotels including all over America and Europe, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spectacular views surround you at the luxurious Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston. Set on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, this distinctive, modern hotel features original contemporary art and exceptional service. Its ideal location puts you minutes from the best of Boston, with shopping, museums and historic sites all nearby. Known as one of the city's best luxury hotels, all of its 400 well-appointed guest rooms overlook the Charles River, Cambridge or Boston's stunning skyline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonesta Hotel Cambridge
- Cambridge Sonesta Hotel
- Sonesta Cambridge
- Royal Sonesta Boston