Jail then, luxury hotel now

Theme hotels, or even better hotels that have a quirky story behind them, have become quite popular in the luxury hotel circle.

Take the Liberty Hotel in Boston, for example. It is carved out of an iconic 19th century Charles Street Jail. Built in 1851, the Charles Street Jail was thought to be one of the best examples of the “Boston Granite Style” of the mid-19th century.

Today, the quarters are probably a bit more comfortable than they used to be. Within the main building, there are 18 guest rooms, as well as meeting rooms, a grand ballroom and what the hotel describes as one of the city’s hottest nightlife scenes. The adjacent 16-story tower houses 280 guest rooms with the latest in luxury linens, amenities and technology, enhanced by expansive views of Boston.

Jail-turned-luxury hotel? How is that for gentrification?