FrontRunners: Prison Reform

<< Back to Robb Report, March 2007

    When the Liberty Hotel (www.libertyhotel.com) opens this summer at the foot of Boston’s Beacon Hill, its guests are sure to have more enjoyable stays than did any of the celebrities who lodged in the building during its former incarnation, as the Charles Street Jail. Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Malcolm X, and Albert DeSalvo (the Boston Strangler) each resided for a time at the granite, cross-shaped prison, which was built in 1851 and closed in 1990. To the north of a 90-foot-high foyer topped by a 40-foot-high cupola, construction crews have erected a 16-story tower that will hold most of the 300 guest rooms, including a 2,200-square-foot presidential suite. General manager Stuart Meyerson notes that the $120 million renovation will retain only a few reminders of the jail: “We’ll have some bars in the lounge, some photographs,” he says. “Other than that, we’re freeing this building from its past.”

    FREE PREVIEW: Aman Tokyo is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best of the Best selections…
    The mountainside property now has a multilevel spa and five new suites…
    Be among the rare few to visit a sumo stable, or experience Kabuki and dine with the performers…
    Destinations include Napa, New York, Paris, London, and Milan…
    From romantic suites to a new restaurant, the Caribbean resort
    The private charter company gives passengers an unbelievable deal on holiday travel...
    The Irish castle unveiled a complete remodel of all 28 guestrooms in the Queen Anne wing...
    The updated Southern California resort features plush new décor and state-of-the-art amenities...
    For nearly $100,000 per night, guests receive exclusive access to the hotel and its amenities...
    From private beach excursions to walking tours, Palazzo Margherita offers ample summer activities...