This weekend marked a joint bachelorette party in Boston for three of my best blogger pals getting married this fall. The Royal Sonesta hosted Megan, Michelle, Alicia, Meghan and I in their luxurious and contemporary art infused accommodations. We dined at their restaurant, fittingly named ArtBar, relaxed in their pool and jacuzzi and stayed in the "Artist Suite" with sweeping views of the Charles River and Boston's skyline.
The suite captivated with modern art installations and cohesive decor points. The paintings and drawings popped against a neutral toned room, while the bathrooms sleek fixtures (really love that vanity) provided us with ample space to get ready for a night out at nearby Cambridge spots Abigail's, The Blue Room and Naga. (More on those later!)
It felt great to relax in such a calming space while catching up and enjoy each others company. I was truly enamored with the artwork, including the boldly framed Campbells soup dress. Other vibrant statement pieces added unique character, tastefully accenting the chic furniture. This is actually some of the most thoughtful hotel decor I can recall, serious props to their interior designer.
We enjoyed a light lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday on ArtBar's riverfront patio defined by shiny steel tables with vivid orange chairs matched by beautifully composed dishes in every instance.
My Clam Chowder ($9) was exquisite, with a thick creamy broth lending peppery notes highlighted by tender potatoes and sweet chewy clams. I was also a big fan of their house vanilla vodka, sasparilla, salted cream and CO2 infused Root Beer Float ($11), on a muggy day this treat really hit the spot! And after a night of drinking and dancing, their perfectly prepared bacon was a dream alongside fresh, fluffy Blueberry Pancakes ($11), the really good kind where plump berries explode in every bite and plenty of powdered sugar dusts the top. The other dining establishment located inside the hotel is Dante, while we didn't eat there this time around, definitely check out my review from a past visit here.
We received a small discount on our room, and the in room goodies as well as a champagne toast (lunch) and mimosas (brunch) were complimentary. Otherwise, we were paying customers, and I felt we certainly got our monies worth. The location provides easy access to downtown Boston and Cambridge, the area is walkable in either direction and the green line (Lechmere or Science Park) are only steps away. A huge and incredibly special thanks to Amanda Hurley for booking our accommodations and going the extra mile to make our stay so memorable!! If you're traveling to Boston or even planning a staycation - definitely consider the Royal Sonesta, a bright and breezy meets modern luxury riverside retreat.