Monday, January 05, 2009

Jail Hotel

One of the more amazing transformations to occur recently in Boston happened earlier this summer when the Charles Street Jail, built in 1851, became the Liberty Hotel, a 300-room luxury property with 10 suites, three restaurants, lounges, and a fitness center.

After a five-year renovation, the jail has finally turned into a luxury hotel. The renovation costs $150 million and it's best for guests who can afford to pay anywhere from $319 a night for the lowest-priced room to $5,500 for the presidential suite. Liberty hotel has opened starting September.

Architects Cambridge Seven Associates went to great lengths to preserve the original granite jail structure, and many original features of the jail remain intact, including the historic catwalks. If the building was home to notorious criminals before, now it's already a place for well-known people and celebrities and some of the guests who paid the luxury hote a visit are Mick Jagger, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes.

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