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
- 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
The Liberty hotel is a unique property in a refurbished 19th century jailhouse. The rooms are beautiful and the hotel decor is stunning. On the weekends the lobby turns into a lively lounge with a DJ under the soaring beamed ceiling. Dining and drinking options go by criminal names like Alibi, Clink, and Scampo.
Met some out of town friends at The Liberty Hotel in Boston. This hotel is an old jail so a lot of the bars and original features of the jail are still there. Makes for a unique setting! We had drinks in the lobby which was decorated for Christmas! We then had dinner in Scampo! Food was great but pricey! But nice atmosphere and great service! Would go again to sit in lobby and people watch with a drink!
Overpriced, and then an extra charge for destination fee. Service and amenities were none existant. I was always cold no matter what I did to the thermostat. Would never return to this hotel. I could hear the pounding of the gym equipment in my room.
In Boston for a meeting at Mass General my wife and I were put up at The Liberty and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The lobby was a sight to beyond in this meticulously renovated former prison and a most happening place. The views from our well appointed, eighth floor room were stunning. The decent exercise room is open 24/7 and the minibar was well-stocked. The location is superb right next to the Charles/MGH T station and 10 minutes from Logan Airport.
Had drinks with a friend here for happy hour.
Pretty hard to find parking but the valet took a $20 and kept my car nearby ($34 to have him park it, even for just a drink or two!).
Lots of options for a drink, multiple bars, and the ambience seemed great in all. I looked in on a couple since .. they were very busy (1hr wait). Were able to order at the Lobby Bar, lots of people milling around, found seats on a balcony upstairs - fun!
We had a cocktail each and a board of cold cuts/cheeses - with a tip it came to close to $100. Ouch. Fun place though.