Sonesta Collection

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Meeting Planner Advisory Board

Sonesta’s Meeting Planner Advisory Board was the first of its kind in the industry, and over its two decades has received accolades for their achievements.

Sonesta's Meeting Planner Advisory Board was established in 1983 to build stronger communications with meeting planners and gain a better understanding of their needs and concerns. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and both Sonesta and its Meeting Planner Advisory Board members have received much acclaim for their achievements.

The Meeting Planner Advisory Board meets annually at different Sonesta hotels and resorts. The meetings are held over a weekend, during which time board members share their views on industry topics and analyze Sonesta's approach to group business. Marketing strategies and current issues of the Sonesta property hosting the Board are also featured on the agenda. Sonesta's top executives join with the planners to discuss agenda issues.

CORBIN BALL, Corbin Ball Associates, WA
MARTIN D. BALOGH, American Bar Association, IL
WILLIE BENJAMIN, II, American Chemical Society, DC
THOMAS CAHILL, Brigham & Women's Hospital, MA
STEPHEN CLARK, Stephen Clark & Associates, WI
KIM FIELDS, Barkley Kalpak Associates, NY 
NATALIE FLEET, American Association of Airport Executives, VA
MARY KEOUGH-ANDERSON, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MA
ANNE-MARIE LADEROUTE, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
LEILA MacFEELEY, Leila M. MacFeeley & Associates, NH
MARGARET MOYNIHAN, Deloitte & Touche, CT
CONNIE MULLIS, Meeting & Event Consultant, AL
SALLY O'CONNOR, Sally O'Connor & Associates, MA
C. JAMES TROMBINO, Metal Powder Industries Federation, NJ

Over the years, the board has been instrumental in assisting Sonesta with the development of its marketing strategy, design of meeting space in several hotels, group sales training, and advertising campaigns, to name a few. They also advise company executives of recent trends in the meetings industry and have even reviewed blueprints and critiqued layouts of ads and brochures.


Travel Agent Advisory Board

For more than 35 years, top travel agents have met with Sonesta executives to discuss travel trends and news and ensure we’re meeting the needs of the ever-changing business and personal traveler.

Sonesta’s Travel Agent Advisory Board was established in 1977 in an effort to advise Sonesta executives on travel industry trends, marketing strategies and property development. The board consists of travel executives and managers from a broad cross-section of the industry. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and over its 35+ years, both Sonesta and its Travel Agent Advisory Board members have received accolades for their achievements.

The Travel Agent Advisory Board meets annually at a Sonesta hotel or resort. Over the course of a weekend, board members share their views on industry topics and analyze Sonesta's approach to doing business with travel agents. Their agenda features marketing and logistical strategies, innovative ideas that help us serve travel agents better and current issues affecting their host property. Sonesta's top executives join the board throughout the event to discuss agenda issues.

The Travel Agent Advisory Board regularly reviews and critiques collateral materials designed for the travel agent and the consumer, ensuring they address the needs of the ever-changing business and personal traveler. They inspect new Sonesta hotels to ensure they meet the quality and aesthetic standards that our guests value. What’s more, the board suggests specific hotel services for the consumer and reviews the features of upcoming properties.

Board Members
PAUL DUBE, Dube Carlson Wagonlit Travel, ME
ROSE GILFORD, CTC, Chestnut Hill Travel, MA
RON HERSH, World of Travel, OH
DAVID H. JUEDES, Fox World Travel, WI
GARY LICHTER, Liberty Travel, NY
WALTER LITTLEJOHN, Great Vacations, Inc., NJ
NANCY McLEMORE, TraveLeaders, FL
DIANE REPOSA, American Express Travel, MA
MAURA WATSON, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, MA
NICOLETTE YIANILOS, Esprit-Rainbow Travel, MD
DEBBIE TUCKER, Travel Designs by Debbie, Inc, FL


Timeline and Company History

Sonesta is one of the first U.S.-based international hotels, with a tradition of hospitality that reaches back 70 years.

For over 60 years, Sonesta has owned, managed, designed, built and marketed hotels throughout the world. Choose this link to view the Sonesta Company Timeline.  Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is an outgrowth of Sonnabend Operated Hotels, founded in the 1940's by the legendary A.M. Sonnabend, and Childs Restaurant Company, founded in the 1880's. In 1956, they merged to become Hotel Corporation of America, one of the first major hotel companies. Choose this link to learn more about Sonesta's history and the Sonnabend family.

Learn more about the Sonesta Company Timeline here.


Hotel Portfolio

Sonesta boasts more than 55 properties in 8 countries, and is acquiring new hotels every year. Review our current properties and their room counts here.

No matter how large your meeting, the Sonesta Collection has a suitable room for you. From our 80,000 square feet of total space in Houston, Texas, to 1,000 square feet in Cartagena, Colombia, you and your colleagues can meet in comfort and privacy. Plus, the Sonesta ES Suites feature fully equipped kitchens in each room, oversized suites with room to spread out and be productive, and free high-speed wireless internet throughout the hotel.

Destination # of
Guest Rooms
Total Space
Sq. ft/ Sq. m
Largest Room
Sq. ft/Sq. m
Max Capacity
United States
Sonesta Gwinnett Place
Atlanta, GA
426 16,000/1,486 8,000/557 1,000
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
Baltimore, MD
195 11,000/1,021 2,590/240 240
Royal Sonesta Boston
Boston, MA
400 22,000/2,043 6,000/557 500
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
340 20,000/1,858 10,000/929 800
Royal Sonesta Houston
Houston, TX
485 50,400/7,471 11,640/1,081 1,080
Sonesta Coconut Grove - Miami
Miami, FL
196 7,200/668 2,781/258 186
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL
240 8,000/568 3,157/320 500
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
483 20,000/1,858 5,000/464 450
Sonesta Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
445 16,000/1,486 4,851/450 500
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino
Sint Maarten
257 4,000/371 2,583/240 200
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
Sint Maarten
534 16,000/1,486 6,900/641 700
Sonesta Hotel Calama
Calama, Chile
148 2,625/244 2,608/242 130
Sonesta Hotel & Casino Concepción
Concepción, Chile
120 9,500/882 7,000/650 350
Sonesta Hotel Osorno
Osorno, Chile
106 12,916/1,200 3,937/365 400
Sonesta Hotel Barranquilla
Barranquilla, Colombia
126 2,600/241 2,600/241 130
Sonesta Hotel Bogota
Bogota, Colombia
126 2,600/241 2,600/241 130
Sonesta Hotel Cartagena
Cartagena, Colombia
118 1,000/241 1,000/241 100
Sonesta Hotel Valledupar
Valledupar, Colombia
108 2,518/234 2,325/216 115
Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil
Guayaquil, Ecuador
112 2,700/250 2,700/250 200
Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
409 11,615/1,079 6,760/628 400
Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort
Hurghada, Egypt
357 9,000/8,000 8,612/800 220
Sonesta Hotel St. George Luxor
Luxor, Egypt
322 6,458/599 6,459/600 300
Sonesta Club Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
409 3,056/283 1,066/99 70
Sonesta Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
505 n/a n/a n/a
Le Royale - Sonesta Collection Luxury Resort
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
165 n/a n/a n/a
Egypt Nile River Cruises
Sonesta Dahabeya – the Amirat
8 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Moon Goddess Cruise Ship
53 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Nile Goddess Cruise Ship
53 Boardroom - 12 ppl n/a n/a
Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise Ship
33 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Sun Goddess Cruise Ship
62 Boardroom - 16 ppl n/a n/a
Sonesta St. George I Cruise Ship
57 n/a n/a n/a
Royal Sonesta Hotel & Casino Panama
Panama City, Panama
304 11,980/1,112 4,994/463 312
Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa
Arequipa, Peru
58 2,852/265 861/80 60
Sonesta Hotel Cusco
Cusco, Peru
70 1,984/184 1,984/184 100
Sonesta Posada del Inca Cusco
Cusco, Peru
22 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Hotel El Olivar Lima
Lima, Peru
134 10,270/954 1,657/154 40
Sonesta Posada del Inca Lake Titicaca - Puno
Puno, Peru
62 592/55 592/55 50
Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores - Lima
Lima, Peru
28 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Posada del Inca Sacred Valley - Yucay
Yucay, Peru
87 7,577/704 6,458/600 130


Sonesta's Art Collection

Artistic expression is an integral part of the Sonesta experience. This is evidenced in our architecture, décor, food presentation and most notably, our world-class art collection. The Sonesta Art Collection consist of more than 7,000 contemporary paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by both emerging and established artists such as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol Lewitt, Jan Dibbets, Malcolm Morley and Carl Palazzolo. In select Sonesta locations, guided walking tours are offered to enhance the appreciation of the art and to provide background on the artists themselves.

Sonesta’s Art Collection is one of the first corporate hotel programs dedicated to original art by nationally and internationally known artists. The collection was initiated in the early 1960’s and was nurtured by Sonesta’s former Chairman Roger P. Sonnabend and his wife, Joan, an art collector and owner of Obelisk Gallery in Boston. Over the years, the collection has substantially appreciated in value. Had reproductions been used instead, there would be no remaining value. The special atmosphere that has become a Sonesta trademark is the result of close cooperation between architects, designers, Sonesta’s executives and employees and Joan Sonnabend.

The works of art are placed in front of the hotels, in all public spaces, guest rooms and often, exterior spaces as well. Each piece is carefully considered to create an aesthetically pleasing and meaningful statement. In an effort to fully integrate the architecture and design of each hotel, many works have been specially commissioned for a particular space.

Sonesta's collection of works consists of more than 7,000 contemporary paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by world-renowned artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claus Oldenburg and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as many young and mid-career artists.