Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Liberty Hotel in Boston

I had the privilege of attending a conference last week for work in Boston. I look forward to this particular conference every year because it is an opportunity to learn about current trends and research in the field in which I work.

This year I was particularly looking forward to the trip because of the location. I enjoy Boston. The conference is always in Boston and usually at a lovely conference center. *I will be honest in that I missed the conference center a great deal this year because of the food options and the fitness center.

The conference this year was held at the Liberty Hotel in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. I have never written a post about a hotel before but this one was so unique and interesting that I could not resist sharing with you!

The Liberty Hotel was originally a jail. The original building was completed in 1851 when it was used for a jail that housed some of Boston's most notorious criminals. In 1973, the living conditions were terrible prompting the prisoners to revolt. A judge stayed the night in the jail to see for himself and sure enough deemed the jail unfit and the condition to be against constitutional rights. Years later, in 1991 the jail was closed and the prisoners were transferred to Suffolk County jail.
Liberty Hotel Lobby
In the 2000s, the property was purchased and required to preserve aspects of the jail while rebuilding.
Entrance into the Liberty
The hotel is luxurious, clean, and comfortable. It is so hard to imagine a jail being in this same location. Many parts of the jail have been restored and kept in the hotel such as but not limited to some of the brick walls, railings,  similar architecture.
Outside the Liberty Hotel
Some of the original jail cells have been renovated to be magnificent hotel rooms. While rebuilding the jail into the Liberty Hotel, the developers and owners decided that they wanted to be sure that the former jail cell rooms were rid of any evil spirits so they had a special Buddhist ceremony to clear the spaces of anything lingering.

Details about the rooms:
The rooms are decent size, equipped with comfortable pillow top mattresses and fine linens. The room comes with a flat screen high definition television, wireless internet, Molton Brown toiletry products, a bath and a shower. I really enjoyed my room.
The Liberty Hotel is pet friendly!

Fitness Center:
I work hard to include fitness into my travel plans. Staying fit while on the road is important to me so I always check out the fitness center. I really appreciate when hotels have top notch fitness centers. I had high expectations for the Liberty Hotel because all the other amentities were wonderful. The fitness center was not bad. But it was not great either. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day which is a nice perk. However, the fitness center has 2 elliptical machines, 2 treadmills, an assortment of weights, and 1-2 weight machines. The room was relatively small. The treadmills and elliptical machines looked at a mirror. Perhaps I am picky but I don't really care to stare at myself for an hour while I work out.
The Fitness Center did have a water machine, cold towels, dry towels, and a bowl of apples. The room was very cleaned and well maintained by hotel staff. Every time I used the facility, a staff member came in to empty the trash and restock the towels.

The Liberty Hotel also offers yoga on Saturdays (seasonal), and guided running (seasonal). You can sign up for these activities at the hotel conceirge. To learn about additional amenities, you can visit their website here.

My favorite part of staying at the Liberty was the historical presence of the old jail. You can learn more about the hotel on a self-guided tour by simply asking the front desk for information. The front desk supplies you with materials to guide yourself around the hotel and learn about life inside the jail between the 1850s-1990s. Off the lobby, there are photographs and materials that one can read about the jail. Upon entering your room, the television is set to explain the history of the hotel along with the historical artifacts still /present, a recap of the renovations, and tales about notorious prisoners who once stayed at the jail.
Original brick walls in Clink.
If you are visiting Boston and are looking for a unique place to stay that is like no other, consider staying at the Liberty. History and luxury in one location. It is truly a treat.

*This post was not sponsored. I was not compensated in any way. All comments are my own.

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