While the Liberty Hotel may have deep roots in Boston lore, it’s not for the reasons you think. For more than 100 years the hotel existed as the Charles Street Jail, an in-city penitentiary that housed (in)famous inmates like James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, and Sacco and Vanzetti. Its inspired transformation came in 2007, but the owners maintained some of the jail’s vestiges, from the exercise yard to several jail cells, while turning the building into a 298-room luxury hotel. Richly appointed rooms offer sweeping views of the city skyline and the Charles River.
The hotel houses five distinct restaurant and bar venues, all of which attract large swaths of locals, especially on the weekends. Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, the hotel is steps away from the boutique and antique stores along Charles Street and also sits next to the picturesque Charles River Esplanade.
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Beacon Hill is one of the city’s most scenic and walkable neighborhoods, with stately townhouses, cobblestone streets, European-style cafés, and charming antique shops. Anyone craving an outdoor experience can go running or biking along the nearby Charles River Esplanade; kayak and sailboat rentals are also available.
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Rooms: 290 rooms, 10 suites. From $399. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: CLINK, the hotel’s signature restaurant, serves seasonal New England fare, including locally caught fish and shellfish (be sure to sit near one of the old jail cells). Scampo is headed up by legendary chef Lydia Shire, who creates Italian dishes with a global flair; her lobster pizza is one of the city’s most iconic dishes. Spa and gym details: The recently renovated gym includes a full complement of equipment; in warmer months the hotel offers complimentary bikes and yoga classes, as well as a running concierge.
Who's it for: Both business and leisure travelers who appreciate the novel setting, central location, and on-site social scene. Our favorite rooms: The Ebersol Suite offers a 270-degree panoramic view of the city and includes a king-size bed, master bath, butler pantry, library, and outdoor balcony wired for sound. Special activity: The “Liberty Affairs” series hosts weekly events, from cooking demos to fashion shows, that are complimentary for both guests and locals.