Boston is well-known as a world-class running city, home to the famous Boston Marathon, along with many other races throughout the year and an active running community. Perhaps one of the best-known running paths in Boston is along the Charles River, accessible from the doorstep of Royal Sonesta Boston, and recently named as one of the top places to run on the East Coast.


The hotel is the perfect place for runners to stay while visiting Boston; well-maintained Charles River paths offer dramatic Boston views in all directions. Depending on the season, the backdrop changes, from lush greenery and boats on the river, to colorful fall foliage, to beautiful winter scenes and spring flowers. Runners take to the Charles no matter what time of year!

Boston running paths
running in Boston

Landmarks along the Charles River include the Museum of Science and fantastic views of the Zakim Bridge. On the Boston side, run along the Esplanade, home to the Boston 4th of July festivities with the Boston Pops, or turn off the path and explore nearby Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Public Garden.


Plenty of open green space along the river gives runners perfect places to stop and stretch or to capture great photos of the running route. Two highlights on the Cambridge side of the river are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, minutes from Royal Sonesta, and Harvard  University, just down the road.

Charles River running

Of course, miles of running trails are just the beginning when it comes to the Charles River and Cambridge/Boston area. Seasonally, you can travel fit and have fun with Charles River Canoe and Kayak. Choose from kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding, and see Boston and Cambridge from the water while getting in an upper body workout. In the winter, an ice skating rink in Kendall Square is a favorite for kids of all ages.

Kendall Square Cambridge

If the weather isn’t ideal for an outdoor workout, Royal Sonesta Boston offers opportunities to stay fit indoors as well. The recently-renovated fitness center features cardio and weights options and is open 24 hours for guests’ convenience.

Royal Sonesta Boston

The atrium-style pool adjacent to the fitness center is perfect for swimming laps, aqua jogging or just soothing sore muscles after a busy day or tough workout.

Royal Sonesta Boston pool
best hotel pools Boston

Staying fit while traveling can be a challenge, but with many options inside and out,  Royal Sonesta Boston makes staying on your fitness routine a bit easier and more fun.

Upcoming Events Near Royal Sonesta Boston 

The Head of the Charles is an annual tradition that brings rowers from around the world to Cambridge and Boston. This year the Head of the Charles is October 21 – 22, and the best views of this regatta can be found just a short run from Royal Sonesta Boston.

Royal Sonesta Boston is just across the street from the Cambridgeside Galleria, the start and finish of the 2nd annual Cambridge Half Marathon, taking place on November 19. Get your 13.1 mile run around Cambridge in, and then refuel with brunch at ArtBar!