We recently met up with some friends having a guys weekend in Boston. For a one-night stay, we figured we could try a new hotel as on our last trip to Boston, the W Boston was underwhelming. Since the primary focus of the trip was to catch the Kansas City Royals at the Boston Red Sox, we didn’t want to stay “out in the boonies” at The Westin Boston Waterfront, where we typically stay.
Instead, we tried out The Liberty Hotel. It is part of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection and is a Category 5 hotel requiring only 12,000 starpoints. The hotel was going for $369 a night, so we thought this was a good use of points.
We took an uber from the airport and arrived at the hotel in less than eight minutes. From the outside, the hotel looked pretty cool.
Once you enter, you have to take an escalator up one floor. Once the storied Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel recently underwent a $150 million dollar renovation to convert the old, decrepit jail into a luxury hotel. The lobby is gorgeous and you can definitely see the vestiges of jail cells within the hotel lobby bar.
There was a long queue to checkin, but the associates quickly processed everyone’s checkins. Once it was our turn to get checked in, my partner’s SPG Platinum Status was acknowledged and we were handed two breakfast coupons, good for anything on the menu at the hotel restaurant Clink. All of the SPG Platinum benefits were explained to us, including complimentary internet, late check-out, etc. Before we were handed the room keys, we were each offered a glass of champagne, which was gladly accepted!
We took the elevator up to the 15th floor, to the assigned room, 1508.
It was located at the far end of the hallway, and was a standard king room.
The room was an okay size – nothing special, in my opinion. In fact, as a Starwood Platinum member, I’m surprised we were assigned such a standard room. Oh well, YMMV.
The room featured a king size bed, small couch with coffee table, desk with chair, and flat screen TV. The bed was pretty comfortable, however, almost all of Westin’s Heavenly Beds are extremely comfortable.
The room view was so depressing that I didn’t even take a picture. I mean, a large “Massachusetts General Hospital Ear and Nose Clinic” neon sign wouldn’t have been that exciting. But as I write this, a picture would have been worth a thousand words. Oops. So instead, here is the view from the elevator bank, on the other side of the hotel.
The bathroom was good sized, with a sink, tub, walk-in shower, and toilet.
The bathroom featured Molton Brown toiletries (unfortunately, my favorite Black Peppercorn Body Wash was not featured). The toiletries were the large, multi-use variety, which suits me just fine.
On the whole I thought the room was very nice, small, but nice. There were electrical plugs in base of the lights on the bedside table, which I always appreciate.
On the lobby level is the gym, which was nicely equipped, yet very small. One thing to note is the hour I spent in the gym, it was super hot. Perhaps it was the sun shining in the windows or I was working out really hard. I suspect the former.
In the morning, we had breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Clink, which is where the breakfast vouchers could be redeemed. Clink is your standard hotel restaurant and the menu didn’t blow me away. In the end I settled on the classic bacon and eggs.
While my food came out relatively quickly, my partner’s never came out and the waiter was not to be found. I brought this up with the only employee I could find, the host, and he promptly resolved the matter. Otherwise, Clink is pretty good option for breakfast vouchers.
Conclusion: I really enjoyed The Liberty Hotel. I loved the quirkiness of being a former prison and the location is top notch. Would I stay here again? Absolutely.
Have you stayed at The Liberty Hotel? If so, what was your experience?
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