The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston’s chic and stylish ArtBar restaurant is paying homage to the many years the hotel has been in Cambridge. On Tuesdays anyone who works or lives in Cambridge will get 50% off a second dinner entry. All you need to do is show proof of residency or a business card.
The Sonesta exudes the feel of a big city hotel – chic and elegant. The lobby is decorated in understated art deco furnishings part of the one hundred pieces of contemporary art the hotel has in its collection. After a splendid and relaxing dinner take a tour of the art collection. The front desk staff can provide you with a free art brochure that describes the collection.
Directly opposite the front door is Frank Stella’s Talladega #3 representing the artist’s view, in green and gold cars and mazes, of the Talladega Nascar race track. Dangling from the ceiling is Jonathan Borofsky’s “Every Man With Briefcase #2816955” a six foot tall sculpture of a man wearing a topcoat and carrying a briefcase.
There’s Warhol’s Flowers, seven panels of multi colored flowers on silkscreen then move on to a geometric painting by Josef Albers, then to Richard Serra’s two dimensional black and white abstract of a steel sculpture entitled To Bobby Sands partnered with it is another black and white abstract piece by Sam Francis, up a corridor one wall is given over to Buckminster Fuller’s Twelve Around One twenty six silk screened images of blueprints from one of Fuller’s engineering designs.
Other art works are; Carl Palazzo’s rendition of John Singer Sargent’s painting The Daughters Of Edwin Darley Boyt, lithographs by Claes Oldenburg, etchings by Sol LeWit, a multimedia scene by Stephen Mueller, and a large abstract steel sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro.
On the lawn there is an intricate aluminum mesh sculpture by decorative artist Dennis Croteau.
ArtBar has one of the two riverfront patios in the city. With spring almost upon us it’s a great place to enjoy dining alfresco, there Tuesday dinner special offering of 50% offer a second entry for Cambridge residents or business people, and an art tour to top off the evening.