The Liberty Hotel, Boston

Liberty Hotel

Liberty Hotel

Completed in 1851, the building – the storied Charles Street Jail – was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform.


Liberty Hotel

Liberty Hotel is located in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood overlooking the Charles River. It is considered as a national historic landmark and architectural gem. Following an extensive restoration, the landmark building became one of the country’s most stunning and inspired “reuse” developments. In the era of ‘eco-friendly’ buildings and smart recycling, it is, without question, the country’s most imaginative adaptive project.


Despite an overall modernization, many remnants of the landmark jail have been maintained to safeguard its authenticity (the jail’s granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged).


Interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud was tasked with infusing the hotel with a distinctive personality that honors the building’s rich history while imparting contemporary vibrancy. To that end, in a modern counterpoint to the building’s exterior, the hotel’s stylish reception desk is crafted of ebonized wood with lacquered stenciled patterns reminiscent of 1850’s embroidery work; carpets recall the old-fashioned crewel work of New England, enlarged and contemporized; and American colonial prints are enlarged and shaded in historic colors such as maroon, grey and purple, creating an updated take on a traditional look. Finally, exposed brick walls and four striking wrought iron chandeliers add visual interest to the lobby while underscoring a commitment to historic and understated materials.

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Liberty Hotel  Liberty Hotel

Within the main building, there are 18 brick-walled guest rooms, as well as meeting rooms, a grand ballroom and a Restaurants: CLINK and the Italian restaurant, Scampo (designed by Raphael Alvares) and a Bar (Alibi). The hotel incorporates its history, exceptional service and the latest in modern technology to create an unrivaled guest experience.