By Evie Carrick
June 02, 2019
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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.

Credit: Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel
Credit: 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.

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.

Credit: Courtesy of The Liberty Hotel
Credit: 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.