Or it was! The architecture of this place is really cool. The exterior of the hotel is beautiful, and the lobby is very interesting. It was a prison until 1990 I believe, and more recently converted to a hotel. They have clever names for their restaurant (Clink) and bar (Alibi) and have left cell doors in place so you can appreciated what they have done with the conversion. The staff is very helpful (we found Boston to be a very friendly city) and the location is great. Next door is Mass General Hospital and out the front door is a train station, so getting around town is easy, inexpensive and convenient.
While I think they did a great job repurposing this into a hotel, they used purple backlights in places that de-class it. I wish they stayed with a more natural lighting instead of introducing the purple.
We stayed in the tower of the hotel that is an addition to the original building. Our room was nice, but nothing to write home about. Our window looked directly into offices across an alley way, and our bathroom was very understated. I expected more for $500 a night.
Again, the location is excellent. I walked or rode the T everywhere I wanted to go, and there are good restaurants within walking distance. One evening, we dined in the North End and walked back to the hotel afterwards. Can't beat that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The sun sets over an iconic architectural gem, where unrivaled views, indigenous flavors, and the vibrant colors of this timeless destination await. Once the storied Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel welcomes guests to Boston with the spirit of a landmark liberated following an extensive $150 million acquisition, renovation, and construction process. Commanding style and elegance, this property accommodates 298 guest rooms, including a 2,200 square foot Presidential Suite and nine additional suites. With complimentary high speed internet access in all of our spacious guest rooms, business and leisure travelers alike will feel at home. ... more less
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