Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Royal Sonesta & ArtBar

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!) 
Upon arrival to our room we were greeted with bottles of ArtBar's Clandestine Absinthe Corpse Reviver and an over-the-top fabulous cheese and charcuterie spread complete with tiered bowls of grilled crostini, fresh and dried fruits and nuts. 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.
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18 comments:

In and Around Town said...

I only recently went to ArtBar and LOVED it! The accommodations look like so much fun! Can't wait to see the rest of your recap :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

omg how fun!! the root beer float looks amazing.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Can we all go back and live in the Artist Suite? I had such a great time this weekend!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

The suite looks great! Looks like such a fun weekend!

Alan said...

I like the look of that Corpse Reviver. Wisely you don't show us the picture of all the empty bottles!

Meghan said...

Your photos are amazing!

Sacha said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend. And all the food looks great. I love a thick, creamy clam chowder, and it always surprises me how hard it is to find one I love in Boston, of all places. I'll have to try that and the float at ArtBar sometime!

Amber said...

that must have been a great time. The food looks yummy and the room looks immaculate.

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MOLLY GALLER said...

What a fun girls weekend! It's always fun to stay in hotels in your own city. Everything you noshed on looks fantastic!

Elizabeth said...

The room is gorgeous! I've been to ArtBar a few times but have never seen the rooms. And I LOVE their patio

Megan said...

This was such a fun girls' weekend! Our stay at the Royal Sonesta was amazing, from the food to the complimentary treats to lounging by the pool to the fabulous meals we had at ArtBar. Wish we could do it all over again!

Simply Life said...

wow! I cannot get over how GOOD all that food looks!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

Oh my gosh, those corpse reviver bottles are adorable. That's my favorite drink!

kfenton917 said...

Looks like so much fun! Your pictures are great!

Jen said...

That hotel room looks like perfection! So sleek and luxurious.

I bet you guys had a blast - and the food pics confirm it. That root beer float sounds divine!

Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant said...

I stayed in the Royal Sonesta a few years ago and thought it was lovely and classy. It looks like they've incorporated some modern elements since then and now I want to go back. Thanks for the great pics of the in-room dining, that's a great idea for a bachelorette!

Ameena said...

Great review. Really though, I am sort of focused on how cute that dress is!

The pancakes look pretty delicious though too. :)

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

What a spread (both the snacks and brunch!). These recaps are really fun to read!