Sonesta Collection

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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.



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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
Banquet
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
439 16,000/1,486 4,851/450 500
Caribbean
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino
Sint Maarten
257 4,000/371 2,583/240 200
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
Sint Maarten
395 16,000/1,486
(shared with Ocean Point)
6,900/641 700
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort
Sint Maarten
129 16,000/1,486 6,900/641 700
Chile
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
Colombia
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 Pereira - Opening Summer, 2014
Pereira, Colombia
167 3,661/1,116 2,300/702 480
Ecuador
Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil
Guayaquil, Ecuador
112 2,700/250 2,700/250 200
Egypt
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
Egypt
8 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Moon Goddess Cruise Ship
Egypt
53 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Nile Goddess Cruise Ship
Egypt
53 Boardroom - 12 ppl n/a n/a
Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise Ship
Egypt
33 n/a n/a n/a
Sonesta Sun Goddess Cruise Ship
Egypt
62 Boardroom - 16 ppl n/a n/a
Sonesta St. George I Cruise Ship
Egypt
57 n/a n/a n/a
Panama
Royal Sonesta Hotel & Casino Panama
Panama City, Panama
304 11,980/1,112 4,994/463 312
Peru
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



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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.