Let Freedom Ring
By Julie Bortnick
Located in the heart of Beacon Hill, this gem of a hotel is one of Boston’s newest and hottest attractions. Not only does the Liberty Hotel offer beautiful rooms and sleeping accommodations, but it is home to three classy restaurants and lounges. What used to be the nineteenth-century-built Charles Street Jailhouse has been renovated and transformed into a luxurious modern hotel.
With 298 guest rooms, a 24-hour health and fitness center, a dramatic ballroom holding up to 300 guests, and a couple of the most popular lounges in the city, this is a prominent hotel choice for many. The main lobby, which projects a stunning ambiance, is on the second floor. Within the lobby is Clink, a restaurant where people can go to see and be seen. It offers decadent foods created by Chef Joseph Margate, as well as a broad wine and cocktail list.
On the first floor, as soon as you enter the hotel, you have Scampo and Alibi. Lydia Shire is the mastermind chef behind Scampo. It is an Italian-inspired restaurant, with the most tasteful homemade breads, sauces, and entrees. This restaurant books up rather quickly, so making a reservation would be in your best interest. As a matter of fact, Alibi is where the jail’s original cells used to be. They have played this up with humorous celebrity mug shots spread out on the walls. The cocktails are perfection, and the outdoor space (weather permitting) is where the atmosphere really heats up. The line can get quite lengthy, but this is one place where the reward is worth every minute of the wait.
Opening its doors only last year in September of 2007, the Liberty Hotel has already been the recipient of some very distinguished awards. It was the AAA Four Diamond Award winner, Boston Magazine’s “Best Hotel Debut” in August 2008, and the Improper Bostonian’s “Best Place to See and Be Seen” in July 2008. Other honors included listing in Fortune’s “The Best New Business Hotels” in May 2008 and mention in ForbesTraveler.com’s “Sexiest Hotels in America 2008.”
The architecture is magnificent, and the atmosphere is so alluring that you’ll never want to leave. Whether it’s the Ultra Fantastic Room or the Breathtaking Room, guests of the Liberty Hotel are treated so regally that it’s hard to imagine that the place used to be a jail! People come from all over to stay here, which comes as no surprise once you see what this hotel has to offer. Whether you need lodging for the weekend, a hotel for your next business trip, or just a spot for an exciting night on the town, the Liberty Hotel should be your next destination; it will leave you awestruck.