By Evie Carrick
June 12, 2019

Since 1851, people have been doing their best to avoid a night in Boston’s Charles Street Jail, but today, people are willingly checking themselves in — and paying for the privilege to do so. The Liberty Hotel, Boston’s iconic jail-turned-hotel has been completely reinvented while showcasing much of the building’s storied history and structure.

Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel
Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel

The building is thought to be one of the best examples of “Boston Granite Style” of the mid-19th century and was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, one of Boston’s most accomplished architects of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a Yale-educated penologist who advocated for prison reform.

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After a long history, the last Charles Street Jail prisoners were moved from the jail in 1990 and the building’s transformation began — resulting in the Liberty Hotel of today. The property features 298 contemporary rooms and suites, sweeping views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline, and a location in the heart of the picturesque Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel
Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel

With ample event space, Liberty Hotel hosts weekly gallery nights, live music, and pet-friendly “yappier hours” — for free. Guests are also able to arrange a historical tour of the hotel, for a in-depth history of the storied building.

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