liberty-hotelThe Liberty Hotel has a long and storied past. Before opening in September of 2007, the Boston historical site served as a jail from 1851-1991. Housing notorious prisoners in its imposing granite facade, the Charles Street Jail was built in a “modern” style with large windows and soaring ceilings to provide prisoners with light and ventilation. These features remained in the jail’s makeover to luxury hotel. The Liberty Hotel is now a part of the SPG brand and provides a great starting place for your visit to Boston.Located across the street from the Esplanade and the Charles St. T Stop on the red line, it is set next door to Mass General Hospital. You can walk from the Liberty to Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market Place, and for sturdier legs all the way to the Aquarium. A large Whole Foods is located down the street providing the perfect stopping space for snacks to bring back to your room.

LibertyHotelBostonViewMy husband and I honeymooned at the Liberty Hotel in 2008 and were in awe of the spacious suite that we chose and the views. This year we returned for our 1st (4th) anniversary since we got married on Leap Year Day. The Liberty Hotel graciously provided us with a Grand Deluxe City View room for one night. We had a great (if drizzly) view of Boston and once again enjoyed the comfortable bed and great water pressure. What can I say I’m a sucker for a powerful shower?

Although this was a child-free trip for us, the Liberty does offer a great opportunity to bring the kids as well. With its accesibility to Boston and it’s unique architecture kids love the Liberty.  

the-liberty-hotelOn site there are several bars and restaurants that uniquely use the old jail cells and bars in their decor. In Alibi, a bar, mug shots of former prisoners line the walls. The lobby restrooms are in old cells, and instead of “Do Not Disturb” signs for your doors you hang a skeleton key with an attached canvas strip that says “Solitary”.


I wanted to share some photos of the architectural details of the space. Even if you choose another hotel you should stop by and take a peek! 


For other Traveling Mom articles about Boston, check out:

A Family Scavenger Hunt in Boston

20 Free Things to Do in Boston

Nasreen Stump is a freelance writer who lives in Vermont, when she isn’t on the road for work. Find food recipes and Vermont life at her website Check her out on Twitter @ramblingstump .