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Liberty Hotel Boston Review
Since it opened in late 2007, the buzz surrounding the chic Liberty—formerly Boston's Charles Street Jail—was at first deafening, with bankers, tech geeks, foreign playboys, and fashionistas all scrambling to call it their own; a few years later, the hype has thankfully died down, though it's still part retreat, part nightclub. Some still hit the hotel's cheekily named bar and restaurant, Alibi and Clink, and its outstanding Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, Scampo, but the focus is more or less on guests. Rooms are either in the original granite building or an adjacent 16-story modern tower; both sets carry a jailhouse chic aesthetic, albeit one with luxe linens, Wi-Fi, and views of the Charles River. Some Fodorites complain that quarters in the old section reverberate with noise from Alibi well into the night, but others know that the lively environs are just part of the experience. All parties agree that few places in town can rival the hotel's soaring lobby—ringed by several layers of revamped metal catwalks—for a glass of bubbly on plush leather couches.
When Prison is a Pleasure
The Liberty Hotel is one prison where we'd never want to use our "Get Out of Jail Free" card. This adaptive reuse of the former Charles Street jail is the perfect marriage between historic preservation and hyper-modern design. The intrigue and originality of celebrating Boston's dark side in high style fosters an endless buzz throughout the multi-storied bustling lobby and the hotel's numerous drinking and dining outlets. Where else in the world can you booze it up in the former DUI holding cells or indulge in American cuisine in the vestiges of original cells? Keeping the Jailhouse Rock alive, the Liberty Hotel hosts a full range of weekly social events dubbed "Liberty Affairs," which are now staples in the Boston social scene.
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