The Liberty Boston: Former Jail Turned Luxury Hotel

Last updated on December 18th, 2023 at 07:34 pm

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A historic beauty in the heart of Boston, with a once gruesome past. The Liberty Boston is perfectly situated just across from the quintessential Beacon Hill neighborhood, and within walking distance to the West End and Charles River Esplanade.

Once a former prison, hints of the hotel’s eerie past can be found along the walls and most notably, in the impressive lobby area: filled with history and stories to tell.

Sandwiched between the Charles River and the picturesque neighborhood of Beacon Hill, it’s difficult not to be in awe as you step up to the towering Hotel. With one of the most unique lobbies in the city, Liberty Boston encompasses luxury and grandeur throughout its interiors.

Ascend the escalator to enter the majestic lobby area lit with natural light from the long windows, and hanging chandeliers. A cylindrical-like shape spanning 90 feet in the air, this space is the heart of the Liberty Hotel, bringing together guests and locals to gather at the bar areas or lounge chairs scattered throughout.

dining at clink restaurant

The Liberty Hotel truly makes for a full getaway experience, thanks to its vast array of dining options, community areas, and events. The Hotel has six unique spaces for guests to enjoy food and drinks. Each of these offer a distinctive setting and varying menus for visitors to try.

Next to the lobby bar, CLINK is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. By day you’ll find a make-your-own-bloody bar served with an array of brunch foods, and by night the restaurant serves the freshest North-Atlantic seafood, local produce, and artisanal meats.

Enjoy craft cocktails in an old dunk tank at Alibi. The restaurant space is lit by candlelight, has plush couches, and features exposed brick walls and dark-wooden furnishings. Pizzas, pastas, and a mozzarella bar, Alibi is the perfect spot to dine before the music begins on weekend evenings.

liberty hotel lobby

Try a four-course meal at Scampo, with its classic white-tablecloth setting and mood lighting. The restaurant puts a spin on Italian-inspired classics, and even offers full gluten-free menus for both lunch and dinner. 

The Hotel lobby area and bar is an ideal space to unwind after a day of city exploring. The bar area offers a long list of craft cocktails, speciality wines, whiskies, and local beers.

Liberty’s outdoor space is an ideal getaway for warm-weather drinks and small-bites, and even cozier in the winter when the space transforms into a winter oasis. Try your hand in a curling game, at the Hotel’s synthetic rink, and order yourself a warm beverage. 

in-room dining with champagne

As part of the Marriott Bonvoy’s Autograph Collection, the attention to detail can be found in all of its 298 rooms. Old-fashioned keys dangle from your regular room-key. History can be seen in the photographs lining the walls.

These playful nods to the hotel’s past make the Liberty Hotel a unique stay in the city of Boston. Thanks to large windows, all rooms offer a good amount of natural light, balanced with dark-wooden furniture.

As a member of Boston Green Tourism, Liberty Hotel is a notable leader in environmental practices, and continues to take strides towards sustainability. Many spaces within the hotel are have LED lights, which utilize up to 80% less energy.

Guest-rooms are full of large Molton Brown products, in an effort to reduce plastic waste. You can read more about their initiatives towards environmental care here. 

liberty hotel exterior

Throughout the week, Liberty Hotel also hosts numerous events for the public and its guests. Light-up furniture and speakers fill the hotel’s outdoor space. During the winter months, partake in a curling game on the synthetic rink, and enjoy craft cocktails and light bites.

There’s no better place to spend a cold, wintery night in Boston than at the Liberty Hotel. Each year, Liberty Hotel also plays host to one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in the city (so this is a great time to book, if you’re planning a trip to Boston!) Here’s your list of upcoming events.

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Food/Drink On-Site: Clink, Alibi, Scampo, Lobby Bar, Catwalk Bar

What To Do In The Area: Canoe along the Charles River, Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, Boston Common, State House, Esplanade walks

What Makes This Hotel Good For Solo Travel? With it’s weekly events, central location, and number of bars/foodie spots, it’s a great place to meet other travelers


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