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Behind Bars

The Liberty Hotel

Courtesy of Liberty Hotel

Formerly the Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel has become one of the city’s hottest since opening in 2007.

Doing time has never been so enjoyable as at The Liberty Hotel. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, which operated for nearly 150 years in Boston’s Beacon Hill area, the luxury hotel has become one of the city’s hottest since opening in 2007.

Thanks to a $150 million renovation, the digs are decidedly nicer than when inmates lived here. The 298 rooms are filled with modern amenities and (unbarred) floor-to-ceiling windows—some well-situated for views of Boston’s famous July 4th fireworks. Signs of the past are still evident, with exposed brick walls and original stonework. Follow the local after-work crowd to the lobby bars, one of which was formerly, and fittingly, the jail’s drunk tank.

Book the posh 2,200-square-foot Presidential Suite, which has a corner terrace with panoramic views of Boston’s Back Bay, Cambridge and the Charles River. It will set you back a mere $5,500 a night.

This article has been adapted from the original, which was published by MSP Communications.

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