What if I told you that my husband and I stayed in a city jail for two nights? Would you believe me? Well, you better, because that is precisely where we stayed (kinda… ok, it is a hotel now, but it was a jail!) during a recent trip to Boston, Massachusetts. We were recommended to this property from friends who lived in Boston for several years. Our friends talked about its architecture, history and ambiance and they certainly did not let us down.
Allow me to introduce you to The Liberty Hotel, a part of the Luxury Collection under the Marriott umbrella. The property has a storied past of which they have built into a brand. The Charles Street Jail was built in 1851 and housed some of Boston’s most notorious criminals for 120 years until it was shutdown as it was declared to be unfit for the prisoners.
The central atrium, original jail cells and granite contributes to the hotel’s story. When we arrived, I was floored by the exterior with its beautiful stone, the build and the gorgeous windows. When we walked in and up the escalators, bright sunlight filled the 90-foot atrium. We later noticed that the circular designed window within the atrium is a major part of their logo which is an old skeleton key with the same window design at its handle.
I loved the clever references within the names of their food & beverage outlets.
CLINK. – a refined restaurant with New England fare, seafood & meats.
Alibi (my favorite) – have a seat in an original cell and enjoy a custom cocktail and a late night snack. What I loved most were the celebrity headshots that decorated the brick walls.
Liberty Bar- an exciting twist on your “lobby bar” as the lobby turns into an energetic, fun, social atmosphere by night.
Scampo – Italian inspired fare created by the Boston-based Chef Lydia Shire.
The Yard (Sean’s favorite)- formerly the recreation yard for inmates, now a chic, beautifully landscaped outdoor bar.
The details did not stop in the lobby. Our room had so many unique qualities. The carpeting had a pattern with skeleton keys & time pieces, a pillow with tally marks sat atop a leather chair, one of our & nightstands was a safe. The bathroom was spacious with a soaking tub, complete with fluffy logo’d robes.
The Liberty is an experience from the moment you walk in. If you decide to make a trip to Boston, at minimum make this a stop for your night cap.
Until Next Time,