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
We spent a few nights at the Liberty and were extremely happy with the service, room, atmosphere and area. The hotel is very close to a train station and the Charles River. It is within walking distance of the north end for Italian restaurants.
We were on the 15th floor and could see the sail boats on the river and the baseball field at night.
Special thanks to Chris our bellman/host and Ethan who provided the special attention at the front desk.
We will stay here when in Boston as it was great!
The Liberty is a luxury designer boutique hotel in what was formerly a prison.
They very cleaverly retained some iconic features of the prison in this radical redesign.
This place is perfect both for business and family stays in Boston. Well located and accessible.
Great service, high spec rooms, nice bar, good fitness and great breakfast.
We loved our 3 night stay while visiting Boston. Our room was cute, comfortable, clean, had a nice view even though we just had standard room. We loved the location. Easy to get to from airport. We were able to walk to North end, the park, every morning ran the Charles River Esplanade. It was great. Also, the coffee in the lobby was so good. Nice relaxing start to each day, we'd have a few cups while looking over what to do each day. Also, try finagle a bagel nearby for quick breakfast. It was great.