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One does not usually think of prison as luxury accommodations – unless referring to the newly-repurposed Charles Street Jail which has proudly become the Liberty Hotel. In a city as passionate about history as Boston, it is no wonder this 19th century building recently underwent one of the most original recycling projects for a National Historic Landmark building in the US. A 100 million euro refurbishment project at the base of Boston’s stylish Beacon Hill neighbourhood, the breathtaking granite building was hidden for years behind brick walls and barbed-wire fences. Now its majestic architecture graces the bank of the Charles River, and more importantly, its remarkable interiors and history are open for all to experience. Four long hallways radiate from an immense central rotunda and dramatic arched windows let in as much light as possible – a style is characteristic of prison architecture during the 2nd half of the 19th century. Most of the unique architectural features (prison catwalks and massive windows) were kept and refreshed. The luxurious rooms range from 40-75 m2 are fully equipped with the latest technology and tastefully decorated with rich mahogany and pale rose and taupe hues. As for entertainment, the Alibi bar (located in the jail’s former “drunk tank”) and Clink restaurant offers up some of the best cocktails and tapas in town, served by wait staff wearing uniforms with stenciled “prison numbers” – 1851 for the prison’s opening and 2007 for its rebirth.

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