A former jail in Boston is now housing people who actually want to be there, and it’s doing so in superior style.
The Charles Street Jail in Boston has been transformed into the luxurious Liberty Hotel with nearly 300 rooms and suites with views of the nearby Charles River. It’s a national historic landmark built in 1851 by Boston’s most accomplished architect at the time, Girdley James Fox Bryant, and the Rev. Louis Dwight.
Some guests will see the Boston skyline from their rooms:
And if it’s history a guest is interested in, The Liberty Hotel offers tours. The hotel has the region’s history in mind throughout — even the carpets recall old-fashioned New England crewel work (a type of embroidery).
Guests can also stroll on the interior catwalks:
It’s also really close to lots of shopping and options for dining.
The cost to stay at the hotel varies — a single room is around $250 to $630 per night, depending on the events or holidays taking place.
Here’s what you’ll see if you visit the jail-turned-luxury hotel: A rebuilt cupola based on Bryant’s original design, four circular wood “ocular windows” and four radiating wings, arched windows that are three stories tall, American colonial fabrics throughout — and much more.
The building has a granite exterior on the cruciform-shaped building. The jail’s central atrium is now the hotel’s core — it’s 90 feet tall.
One of the suites at the Liberty Hotel — the Ebersol Suite — has a 270-degree panoramic view of Boston. The view spans from the State House in the east to Charlestown in the north.
The suite includes an entry foyer, a bedroom with a king-size bed, a master bath and dressing room, living room, dining room, butler pantry, a library (yes, a library!), half bath and an outdoor balcony.
The Ebersol suite is 2,200 square feet, and it has floor-to-ceiling windows.
This amazing place to stay in Boston offers other fun stuff for guests, too: It has shoe shining, for starters. It also offers weekend yoga classes, bike and kayak rentals, jogging maps — and it even has a seasonal running concierge.
Oh! And there are free apples in the lobby.
To top it off, Liberty Hotel is dog-friendly!
Would you stay at this unique hotel next time you visit Boston?