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
We booked this hotel literally at the last minute as we were supposed to stay at The Ritz Carlton but because of the strike we decided to switch to The Liberty. I am so glad that we did! It was fabulous. The service was impeccable. The Clink restaurant for breakfast was five star. The location is great. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Spectacular is the best word to describe the hotel. Location is great with sunset views over the Charles River, staff is helpful and always available, and the quality of the rooms is great. We stayed on the top floor Ebersol suite with a dozen baseball memorabilia adorning the walls and cabinets. We enjoyed the sunsets on the deck and watched the sailboats on the Charles. The Red Sox were playing and the 65" TV was stunningly sharp and integrated with B&O Surround sound speakers. Can't recommend this place enough, walking distance to Beacon Hill, Charles River kayaking, and the free bike rental is a must use.
I stayed at The Liberty a few weeks back with my husband for a romantic getaway and it was such an amazing experience. The hospitality was incredible from the moment I checked in. James, the young gentleman at the desk checked us into our rooms, offered us complimentary champagne, and found someone to assist us with our luggage- such a nice young man. The rest of the staff was just as friendly and inviting. Totally worth the money- I would go back in a heartbeat- I hope I get some more vacation time soon!
Converting a jail into a hotel is an interesting idea but there are a variety of reasons the remodel is not nearly worthy of the luxury collection status. The property sits on a twisted corner and is surrounded by a laberyth of one way streets and a congested hospital complex. Indeed our room looked directly into various hospital rooms—not very luxurious! Because the original structure dates to the 1800s expect infrastructure issues— water pressure in faucets and showers were pitifully weak. The single vanity bath/ room appointments did not match the hotel status (and i’m a Marriott member/fan). We ate at Clinks restaurant which was good but very pottery barn casual/cold/noisy. The shining light in this property was Mark, the concierge—he was great. Beyond that, given the choice of Boston Hotels and locations this is definitely not a place I would return to...it was very average. BTW, if you rent/drive as I did the property is near impossible to find/navigate as the address is not GPS friendly and is centered in a maddening congested area and one way street puzzle...just another thing..
The Liberty is a short walk to most Boston sites. The hotel is very interesting. They have done a nice job of honoring their roots as a prison. Suite 1301 is worth upgrading if you have the points. It has a fantastic city and river view. Both the bedroom and living room areas are large and nicely decorated.