Lonely Planet Writer

Stay inside a 19th century jail in the heart of historic Boston

When it comes to visiting Boston, few accommodation options may prove as interesting as staying inside an iconic National Historic Landmark Building that was formerly used as a jail. But at The Liberty Hotel, that’s exactly what guests can do. Originally built in 1851 and formerly known as the Charles Street Jail, today, the building merges the past and the present to create a unique experience for visitors.

The Liberty Hotel in Boston sits at the foot of Beacon Hill neighbourhood overlooking the Charles River.
The Liberty Hotel in Boston sits at the foot of Beacon Hill neighbourhood. Image by The Liberty Hotel

Sitting at the foot of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighbourhood overlooking the Charles River and the city’s skyline, the hotel offers nods to its past in the design features. The original jail cell façades are present in the aptly named CLINK restaurant, now used as nooks for dining, while the ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs are adorned with the word, “solitary” and include a replica jailer’s key. The 298-room luxury hotel has 14,000-square-feet of dining options, rooms, amenities and meeting rooms, and has been recognised by the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse, and the Preservation Achievement Award for Significant Renovation and Restoration from the Boston Preservation Alliance.

Jail cells in CLINK restaurant Boston inside The Liberty Hotel
CLINK restaurant includes the original jail cells from the building’s former days. Image by The Liberty Hotel

The original jail building includes 18 guest rooms, while the additional spaces are built inside a 16-story tower that stands adjacent to a historical gallery of images and tales from the previous 150 years.

The lobby at The Liberty Hotel.
The lobby at The Liberty Hotel. Image by The Liberty Hotel

“Once home to some of Boston’s legendary inmates, it’s safe to say that the hotel is now home to a more enthusiastic and appreciative audience! The “wow” factor from our guests when coming up the escalator for the first time into our spectacular 90-foot rotunda lobby is always thrilling to see,” Thierry Grodet, general manager of The Liberty Hotel told Lonely Planet Travel News.

The hotel has views of Boston's skyline.
The hotel has views of Boston’s skyline. Image by The Liberty Hotel

The Liberty Hotel also houses a 24-hour health and fitness centre, as well as additional dining and drinks venues.

More information on The Liberty Hotel is available at the official website.