Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Liberty Hotel


The Charles Street Jail was closed in 1990 and acquired by neighboring Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The X-shaped jail building has been totally renovated and re-christened as the luxury four star Liberty Hotel. The Jail's historical facade of gray Quincy Granite has been kept and a few of the original jail cells have also been restored and are supposed to be on view in the hotel lobby area. Bars on the window have been kept to enhance the flavor of the original building; how Disneyesque of the developers. Spend a night in Jail with bars on the windows all for only $500-$1000 a night, though you might be able to get a lower price with one of their many specials. I've always thought it personally advantageous not spending time in Jail, except of course when playing the game of Monopoly.
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Slight reflection may be noticeable because I took the photo through glass from the Charles Street T Station.

7 comments:

Malyss said...

To set hotels in special places seems very fashion those days.It could be funny to spend a night in that kind of jail, as long as you know you'll be able to leave as soon as you want.. :o)

Jack said...

I am glad to see this. Good friends attended a wedding recently at the Liberty Hotel and told me that it is dazzling (although they also said that they were the oldest and least hip people ever to grace the hotel's lobby).

Cezar and Léia said...

I like b&w for this image, it's an impressive building!
Léia

John said...

I like the irony of calling an ex gaol a 'Liberty' hotel.

Mandy Southgate said...

Oooh, I think I'd like to stay in an old hotel like that although I bet there are ghosts! Angry, bitter ghosts too!

cieldequimper said...

Fancy that, sleeping in a jail... This photo has an almost totally timeless quality to it!

jennyfreckles said...

The name of the hotel must have been chosen very much with tongue in cheek!