I recently visited Boston for the first time over Thanksgiving weekend, and stayed at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. I was definitely happy with our choice of hotel, but as me and my boyfriend explored the city I was slightly envious of some of the other (more expensive) places to stay around the city.
If you’re on a budget (because Boston can be pricey) but you want to stay at a place that is close by, beautiful, clean, friendly and more, Royal Sonesta is a great choice.
Royal Sonesta Boston: Pros
- The price is substantially lower than other hotels nearby, likely because it’s across the river, but when asked to choose between a ten minute walk and an extra hundred dollars a night, I chose the walk and the Sonesta!
- There is free cancellation on the hotel (that will depend where you book, I imagine) but that security was very reassuring while hunting for the best bargain.
- The location is great, especially considering how many hotels are a cab ride away from anywhere you’d want to go. With Sonesta we never had to take a cab anywhere. The hotel is close to public transport and with a beautiful view of the river, the walk across the water was pleasant and pretty.
- The staff is ridiculously friendly. I’ve never stayed in a hotel with nicer staff.
Free Wine and Cheese
- Upgrades and free wine were handed out like candy. Every weekday there are wine and snacks for members, but becoming a member is free and you don’t even have to fill out a form, just say free wine and you’re in!
- Our room was upgraded to a riverfront view, without being asked. it really added a lot of value to our stay, knowing that we were being perked.
- With several restaurants to choose from, Royal Sonesta Boston has some incredible restaurants that are worth visiting, even if you aren’t staying at the hotel.
Royal Sonesta Boston: Cons
- The rooms were small. The bathroom was designed so there’s just enough room to open the door without it hitting the toilet. There wasn’t much space in the standard room to move since the king size bed took up most of the space, but with a nice big beds who’s complaining.
- The walls are paper thin, and I was woken up to housekeeping having a discussion outside our door. Then their knocks early in the morning (before our alarm). She may have walked into the room, or that may have been a dream. Whatever it was it was not fun.
Could be closer
- The hotel was away from the action and after doing the scenic one kilometer walk back and forth several times a day, it got tiresome.
- Parking is expensive, but the same can be said of any hotel in the city.
- The hotel was not dog friendly, which for some people isn’t an issue, but Boston seems like a dog lovers paradise, and staying at the Royal Sonesta meant we had to get a babysitter for out pup.
In the end the pros outweighed the cons and we were very happy we stayed at the Royal Sonesta. It allowed us to see Boston from a different angle, and we thought it was beautiful.