Thinking about hanging out in Boston with family and friends in a sophisticated green oriented hotel gave us a good feeling, knowing that we could enjoy some of the finer amenities in life without detriment to society. After attending Caribbean Week in N.Y. City we were exhausted and Yndie and I were looking forward to the four hour car ride to Boston. This would be the first time I had seen my kids and grandchildren in two years and this was special in that I was going to introduce them to my partner, Yndie.
The greening of hotels is a relatively new concept that is rapidly taking hold in the U.S. and globally, and we are glad to be a part of it. After checking in we headed to the outside patio of the Sonesta to imbibe in a glass of vino while watching the sailboats on the Charles River. This well known river divides Boston from Cambridge and is the site of much activity, rowing, sailing, jogging, dog walking and about anything else one can do on a beautiful sunny day in the northeast. We knew we made the right decision in staying here, as this is a walking town and our location was excellent.
We were greeted with friendly and helpful faces, not just well trained, but sincerity that showed management takes an active role in hiring people that appropriately fit their respective positions.
Bedroom with a view
Our junior suite was very nicely appointed and spacious with soft muted colors. The bathroom was large with high counter tops and an excellent assortment of amenities. Yndie immediately took off her shoes and slipped into a pair of complimentary velvet slippers, settling in for the evening.
Our furniture was comfortable modern Danish with a firm king size bed sporting comforters beckoning one to resist early morning risings. Two large screen flat TV’s adorned the walls of the living and bedroom. Our room had an excellent view of the river, as do most of the others, great for watching activity on the Charles River.
My children showed up, as well as Yndie’s best friend and colleague from Venezuela, Melania Suarez who now lives in Worchester. Here was a real mix of cultures.., two Venezuelan journalists, speaking both Spanish and English and focusing on the world soccer teams. My son who is a sports fanatic immediately hit it off with Melania , discussing the intricacies of soccer, baseball and any other sports played on this planet. My grandchildren, Jacob and Madison were having a ball in the grand bed, watching the flat screen while we were schmoozing and sipping wine in the living room.
Yndie and Melania.., chating, laughing, and reminiscing after four years
As the evening progressed our stomachs were starting to rumble, so we headed downstairs in search of the ArtBar, finding world-class art surrounding you in a cozy and intimate environment, serving seasonal organic American cuisine along with an impressive wine list and specialty cocktails.
After tasty snacks and drinks, our next stop was the north end for pasta and seafood in Little Italy.
The following day was a Sunday...
A ten minute walk around the Charles River put us on the doorstep of the fabulous Boston Museum of Science. The kids were in heaven.
Electrical energy demonstrations
Jacob's floating creation...
Here one can spend endless hours, whether child or adult cruising the large exhibitions, seeing dinosaurs or indulging in science or physics demonstrations.
The following day we said our good-byes to family and friends and had a day to ourselves, exploring center city Boston, parks, and restaurants. We were on the road the next morning, heading to Philadelphia.
The Royal Sonesta offers Courtesy Van Service to shopping areas and historic sites both in Boston and Cambridge on a daily schedule. Special programs during the year offer added services and discounts as seen with their Summer Fest, where this AAA 4-diamond 400-room hotel is totally dedicated to going “green,” as seen by their extensive recycling program, low-flow water accessories, organic and local produce utilization and their commitment to donating all leftover perishable foods to Second Helping at the Greater Boston Food Bank. This is an entity which gives back to the system and one that will hopefully be emulated by others.
If your looking at a family oriented trip, the Royal Sonesta has a lot to offer, comfort, an outstanding location, a great pool, friendly staff and a great river for walking, jogging or bicycling. Summer is here and if you’re thinking Boston on the river, this is the place to stay.
Royal Sonesta’s can be found in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, St. Maarten, Brazil, Peru and Egypt. Visit them at http://www.sonesta.com/
You can also call at 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.