The Liberty, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston
What We Love
- Prime downtown Boston location
- Free bicycles, Saturday yoga, and a Running Concierge (depending on the season)
- "Liberty Affairs," a full range of weekly on-site social events (including Gallery Night Tuesdays, Fashionably Late Thursdays and Fall Fitness Saturdays)
What To Know
- 18 rooms are in the original jail itself, while the other 280 are in the new, modern building
- There's a young, hip vibe; Alibi Bar & Lounge is busy late into the evening
- The fitness room is on the small side, and there’s no pool or spa
- Free WiFi and overnight shoeshine service
- The hotel is pet-friendly and nonsmoking
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In just a few years the Liberty Hotel has become Boston’s most talked-about property and one of the most unique on the National Register of Historic Places. Dual escalators separated by a contemporary mosaic rise to the jail’s central octagonal rotunda — now the bustling lobby. Complementing the original granite exterior, tiers of wrought iron and weathered brick fully envelop the space. The lobby is in a five-level, 90-foot atrium, and the space is illuminated by chain-link chandeliers and natural light filtered through elaborate ocular windows and three-story glass panes. Burgundy, black and white couches and fabulous chairs set a tone of warmth and splendor.
Bed and Bath
In the adjoining tower’s guestrooms, the focus is on details such as four-fixture baths and superfine linens. In some rooms floor-to-ceiling windows look out at the crossroads of Boston and Cambridge, where sailboats fade into the horizon. In all cases, the rooms themselves are elegant, technologically up to date and delightfully comfortable. The ubiquitous prison theme is reflected in the “Solitary” key rings placed on doorknobs in place of “Do Not Disturb” signs.
In the main building, the prison theme is ever present. The Clink restaurant uses the vestiges of original cells as the backdrop for its modern American cuisine, which is heavily focused on local and sustainable ingredients. Downstairs, at Alibi Bar & Lounge, patrons can raise their glasses and sip cocktails in the Charles Street Jail’s drunk tank.
In the Area
Renowned restaurant Scampo is adjacent to the hotel’s entrance and serves renowned lobster dishes that showcase chef Lydia Shire’s culinary ingenuity. Take in the beauty and prestige of Beacon Hill and the Italian charm of the North End by walking through Boston’s famous neighborhoods on the Freedom Trail, still the best way to learn about Boston’s rich history. With a recent expansion that added 53 galleries, the Museum of Fine Arts houses a vast and varied collection from all over the world. (Don’t miss the Buddha room.) A visit to the country’s first restaurant, Union Oyster House (circa 1826), is a must on any trip to Boston. Shuck ’til you drop or feast on lobster, New England fish cakes or any of the fresh fish specialties at yet another National Historic Landmark.
How to Get There
Working a conference at The Liberty the last 3 days was made easy by the attention to detail from the rock-star staff at the hotel. Mirko (concierge) and Chris (bell captain) went above and beyond! Grazie mille!
We came to Boston for a wedding and stayed at The Liberty. When u come up the escalator and u see the lobby it is very cool. The ceiling was so amazing, the windows and then u see the cat walks. Make sure you watch the video about the hotel and how it used to be a prison. Love how they kept a lot of the original building. We had a room with two double beds. The beds were nice and soft had two great nights of sleep. The room was clean and bathroom was big. Great place to definitely hang out after we went out to eat. Bar was packed but the bartenders were quick and friendly. The atmosphere was very cool. Glad we stayed here and cannot wait to come back. Also if I am correct it is a dog friendly hotel saw some dogs that were staying there. Great vibe.
All I can say is what an amazing hotel and the service was beyond exceptional! It started with Steve (bellhop) and Rene (concierge). Steve could not have been nicer and more accommodating! Rene was so much help on our trip I can only begin to tell you. This made everything during our stay so easy and it was very much appreciated! The hotel itself is extremely nice. The concept and location is very unique. It is a very lively hotel so just know this before you book. There are events there almost daily and many people coming in and out. We had a fantastic vacation and would more than definitely go back. Cannot thank Steve and Rene enough for their hospitality, information, and just genuine caring attitudes that they showed us during our visit! Thank you both and thank you Liberty!