November 29, 2009
New York Post
50 States: Massachusetts (PDF)
The Wonderland Greyhound Park wasn’t at all as I’d remembered it. Thirty years ago, when my grandfather and I took the T from Boston to the track out in the blue-collar suburb of Revere, it had seemed such an exotic adventure.
September 29, 2009
AM New York
Your Next Trip? Try Prison (PDF)
No one pays money to spend the night in jail. Then again, most prisons aren’t Boston’s Liberty Hotel.
New York Times Style Magazine
Creative Loafing (PDF)
Bye-bye Bentley – the latest hotel amenity on wheels is the bicycle.
Hotels With a Past (PDF)
The Liberty Hotel, Boston. This ultrachic urban retreat doesn’t hide its former life as a jail, from the iron work in the lobby to preserved cells within the cleverly named Clink restaurant. Plus, you won’t mind being confined to the swank rooms.
Odd Lodging (PDF)
The Liberty Hotel, Boston Rooms range from $375 to $875 at this luxury lodging,leaving just enough money for a trip to CLINK, its ritzy restaurant where you can eat in a 19th- century cell.
March 23, 2009
The Leather District Gourmet
Cochon 555 - Chef Joseph Margate - CLINK (PDF)
When bad-boy-chef-turned-doting-dad-travel-show-host Anthony Bourdain says the roast pig he had in the Philippines was "the best ever" , that’s saying something. Bourdain makes much of his legendary love of the pig. So, never mind the other stellar chefs Margate is up against, the Philippine-born chef also has to live up to THAT? Talk about pressure.
Conde Nast Traveler
Where to Stay (PDF)
Within months of leaving the prison in Los Angeles, Paris Hilton was back in jail. This time the celebutante went cheerfully, and stayed in considerable style. For the prison in question is the most happening luxury hotel in Boston. The Liberty Hotel is in the city’s old Charles Street Jail, an imposing granite building dating from 1851.
National Geographic Traveler
Luxury Lockdown (PDF)
For the law-abiding foils who’ve always wondered what incarceration feels like, renovated historic institutions are just what the warden ordered. That curious, behind-bars mystique can be bought by the night-along with room service and flat-screen TVs. In Boston, Beacon Hill’s Charles Street Jail, which once held the Boston Strangler and Malcolm X, recently underwent a $150 million renovation and is now the Liberty Hotel, boasting 300 rooms with oversized windows, touchpad phones, and martini shakers.
In its 139-year history, Boston’s Charles Street Jail housed is share of notable inmates; suffragettes who picketed Woodrow Wilson in favor of the 19th Amendment, a German U-boat captain who killed himself with shards from his own sunglasses, even Frank Abagnale, Jr, - the 1060s con artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Film Catch Me If You Can.
Checking In (PDF)
Boston believes in honoring its history (sometimes, In fact, slavishly so). Given that, it comes as no surprise that two “new” hotels in the city both have captivating back stories. The just - opened Liberty and the recently christened Taj offer guests distinct- but equally chic-experiences, each celebrating a cherished past in present-day style.
January 22, 2008
The Wall Street Journal
Boston's Beacon Hill (PDF)
As a sleek, modern development pops up along the skyline, savor Boston’s cobblestone past in one of its oldest and most walkable neighborhoods, Beacon Hill. Stroll along the picturesque Charles Street lined with independent antique shops, bookstores, boutiques, and restaurants.
December 23, 2007
The New York Times
Check In/Check Out (PDF)
The completion of the Charles Street Jail in 1851 was a milestone of design bringing the architect Gridley James Fox Bryant’s stately, roughhewn granite style to the edge of the Charles River. The jail closed in 1990 and has been transformed into a luxury hotel after a $150 million restoration.
September 4, 2007
The Boston Globe
Hotel Aims to Capivate (PDF)
One restaurant is called Clink. Another is Scampo, Italian for “escape”. The bar is name Alibi. “You’ll know this was a jail”, developer Richard L. Friedman promised last year, when he was in the middle of converting the 156-year-ol Charles Street Jail into the Liberty Hotel.
August 30, 2007
The New York Times
Luxury Living, Where Once the Residents Were Felons (PDF)
The old Charles Street Jail in Boston will be reborn next week as the luxurious Liberty Hotel. And while the 100 – foot ceiling and arched windows at the entrance of the building, above right, may be impressive, there’s no chance of anyone forgetting its roots, or what Richard L. Friedman, the Boston developer responsible for reinventing the jail, likes to call it “jailness”.