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
My boyfriend and I stayed here for Easter weekend. This is about the 7th time we have visited and I really should have reviewed it earlier. You will not be disappointed. They see to every detail at this property. From the welcoming glass of champagne to the wonderfully appointed rooms you will love it! The lobby bar is spectacular and a great place to kick back and have a cocktail or glass of wine. We ate at Clink for brunch at it was delicious. We try to get here at least twice a year. Its like a mini vacation! Can't wait until the next time Liberty!!!
I stay at The Liberty Hotel several times per year and it's always a good stay. Great rooms, a cool property, and excellent team. Uzi at the front desk and Steve at the door are top-notch team members and make work travel better every time.
We were only in town for one night and Aamel on the checkin desk ensured we had a room in the jail building, which we are delighted with! Gorgeous hotel. Aamel: excellent service and wonderful welcome, thank you. Barrie (H) and Renee
Only reason they get a one star is because 0 stars was not an option! I booked this hotel through Expedia as it looked like a very nice hotel on the Expedia website. We were coming to Boston with our son for college visits. It was prepaid and was guaranteed for late arrival.
Due to a flight delay, we arrived to the hotel just after midnight. There was no one at the desk, after several minutes a went behind the counter and called in the office for assistance. A young lady came out and told us they oversold the hotel and we didn't have a room. She said they would "walk us over" to another hotel. She disappeared for another 10 minutes and came back and told us we needed to drive to the other hotel which was in another town close to 30 minutes away. She gave us a voucher for a room there. We obviously were not very happy.
When we arrived to the new hotel, we were told they only had a room with one bed and the three of us would have to share a bed unless I paid for a second room on my credit card. We tried to call The Liberty Hotel, now at 2AM, and after 20 minutes and several calls, no one answered to approve a second bed. I ended up paying for the second room on my own. This was not a comparable hotel. The ceiling tiles were missing and wiring was coming out of the ceiling. Perhaps a 2-3 star hotel at best.
I left messages with the manager at The Liberty on their voicemail and have yet to get a reply. This is totally unacceptable for a so called 5 Star property. Expedia was helpful the next day and found us a room at the Ritz-Carleton for the remainder of our stay.
We stayed at the Liberty for the Boston marathon and enjoyed it a lot. The room was modern and very clean and we loved the location. The only thing we really hated was the disturbance and noise from what seemed like a night club in the entry way. For our kids we could have done without this. everything else including the staff were very good and we would be back if just my wife and I looking for a fun yet luxury hotel.