I am not often surprised by hotels. Enchanted? Yes. Amazed? Yes. But rarely surprised. I think it is because I have traveled around the world with varied accommodations and worked at many hotels. However, a little over a week ago, I visited Amanda at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. And I was… well… surprised.
I was surprised by the amazing modern art collection. I simply had no idea that the Royal Sonesta was a gallery to a varied and well regarded collection of art as well as a great venue for weddings in the Boston area. Owner of the Sonesta, Joan Sonnabend is the curator of the collection; she has chosen to include works by emerging and more established artists. Some of the artists include: Jonathan Borofsky, Eve Sonneman, Dennis Croteau and Andy Warhol.
Of course, being an artist, I find art inspiring. And I can absolutely see the draw of getting married in a venue that hosts such a diverse group of work. For one, the photos you could have taken here would be amazing. Around every corner is something engaging to tantalize your eyes.
This mural is just begging to be photographed. But I think it needs a person or people to compliment it.
I can totally imagine working in this space as well, with the art as a more subdued backdrop.
The Royal Sonesta has classic beauty on the outside and contemporary beauty inside- and lots of surprises. Who knew?!