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BACKSTORY: Located in a 19th-century jail that housed prisoners as recently as 1990, The Liberty does not shy away from its roots. One restaurant, Scampo, features barred windows, and the building’s imposing rotunda-cum-lobby looks much as it did when the guests didn’t arrive so willingly. Oh, and the privacy sign for rooms reads, yep, “Solitary.”
DESIGN NOTES: The prison conceit veers between the burlesque and the inspired. The original catwalks surrounding the lobby are lined with oversize windows, allowing for spectacular views of the Charles River, while the reception desk is decorated with granite panels that evoke the outer walls. Furnishings, for the most part, aim for swish simplicity.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The tree-lined pathways of the Charles River Esplanade on one side, historic Beacon Hill on another. A short stroll up too-quaint-to-be-true Charles Street leads to the impeccably manicured Boston Public Garden and the high-end shopping of Newbury Street.
UNEXPECTED TREAT: At the DIY bloody mary bar, a bartender gives you ice and vodka before inviting you to choose from three types of juice, five types of salt (including bacon-flavored) and myriad hot sauces and fixings like jalapeño, shrimp and capers. Daily special events, such as in-house fashion shows, are another nice touch.