Fodor's Expert Review Royal Sonesta Hotel

40 Edwin Land Blvd., off Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142, USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, USA See on Map

Right next to the Charles River, the certified-green Royal Sonesta has a stunning view of the city of Cambridge, and boasts one of the of the best spots to catch the sunset. Inside, a unique collection of modern art lines the hallways, and a friendly, professional staff make this Cambridge riverfront property a great hit.

Cambridge View Double
Photo: Cambridge View Double


Guest rooms are furnished in neutral earth tones, with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and CD clock radios. The hotel recently renovated all 200 guest rooms in the West Tower, updating the furniture and colors.

Cambridge View Double
Photo: Cambridge View Double


Sized-well, the bathrooms have a host of amenities and delightful extras – including specialty shampoo, conditioner and shower gel built into the shower walls.


Freshly renovated with stylish updates, the Royal Sonesta Boston lobby couples modern design with chic comforts. There's plenty of space to sit, work or visit with friends. It's also a great spot to be productive during a business trip.

Sign up for Sonesta’s loyalty program and take advantage of the Travel Pass member wine reception on weekdays from 5PM-6PM.


There is a very nice atrium-style indoor swimming pool that's a hit with children. Windows slide open in warmer weather to reveal a sundeck.


The 1000-square-foot fitness center is open 24 hours a day.

Outdoor patio overlooking Charles River and Boston
Photo: Outdoor patio overlooking Charles River and Boston


Start your morning at the Studio coffee shop with a house made pastry. Dine at the in-house restaurants ArtBar, or the acclaimed Dante, where you can sip a glass of Prosecco while watching dusk fall on the boats sailing by. There is 6,000 square feet of dining space.

YOU SHOULD KNOW ArtBar sources 100% of its ingredients from New England.

Outdoor patio overlooking Charles River and Boston
Photo: Outdoor patio overlooking Charles River and Boston


Take a seat by the fire pits on the ArtBar patio, and listen to live music on a summer evening in front of the sparkling Charles River. Dante also boasts an extensive Italian wine list.


Getting Around

A 5 minute walk from the Lechmere stop on the MBTA's Green Line, many guests prefer to use Uber, Lyft, or a cab to reach the hotel. The Royal Sonesta offers a complimentary weekday shuttle to Cambridge-area attractions.


If you're looking to please the kids, head to the Cambridgeside, a huge shopping mall, next door to find family-friendly spots like The Cheesecake Factory (2-minute walk). But if you're looking for some of the city's best restaurants, drive up Cambridge Street to the acclaimed Puritan and Company (10-minute walk).


Popular dive Atwood's Tavern (20-minute walk, 7-minute drive) is up the street in hip Inman Square. In nearby Kendall Square, try the Cambridge Brewing Company (8-minute walk.)


The Royal Sonesta is certified Green, and has very friendly staff. Their collection of Modern Art is unique, too. The sunset view of the Charles River is absolutely stunning.


Family, Green, Pet Friendly
381 rooms, 19 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 617-806–4200;800-766–3782

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