Boston with kids: Royal Sonesta Boston review

See and explore Boston from a new perspective, and stay on the Cambridge side! We recently checked out the Royal Sonesta Boston, which offers fantastic Charles River and Boston downtown views while being just a quick car, Uber or T ride from everything you want to do with kids in Boston, from Duck Boats to the Museum of Science to the Boston Children’s Museum!

Royal Sonesta

Royal Sonesta Boston review:

What makes the Royal Sonesta Boston so great for families? First up, it’s located right on the Charles River, and you can step outside and be immediately on a pedestrian path to glimpse the boats and city views. You’re near the red line of the T, too, and there’s plenty of local dining.

Secondly, the pool! The Royal Sonesta has one of the best indoor atrium pools in the city, with views and a bright interior. I love that it’s covered because even in summer, Boston can be temperamental weather-wise. I do wish they also had a hot tub by the pool, but they do have a well-stocked fitness room.

Royal Sonesta Boston pool

Thirdly, there are plenty of on-site dining choices for when you’ve had a long day in Boston and are ready to stay in. There’s a grab-and-go style cafe and coffee shop serving Starbucks, and in-room dining. There are two full-service restaurants as well. The patio at Royal Sonesta’s Art Bar is our pick…it’s the perfect place to end the day. Their indoor seating has a sleek, modern vibe and is fun, too. At the Art Bar, you have to try the crab cakes and the scallops, and they make wonderful cocktails for the grown-ups.

Lastly, room rates at the Royal Sonesta start at under $200 per night. You can’t do much better even at an airport hotel! You’re getting $400-$600/night views for a family-friendly price in Cambridge.


We stayed in a 450-square-foot suite, which had a large living space, table and chairs, and divided bedroom area with amazing city views, but downgrading to a regular room is still roomy at as much as 250 square feet, and you get to keep the views (and pick from two queens or one king). WiFi was fast and free and easy to log into, and the bathroom amenities were high end. All in all, I felt I was getting a great value for the price (and even coming out ahead) at the Royal Sonesta.

You’re in walking distance of the T, you can easily access Harvard Square, and the river views are amazing. Kids will love watching the Duck Boats go by on the hour! Don’t forget about that indoor pool!

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