Boston’s Charles Street Jail is set to get a new name that its former occupants might not find very funny. This summer, following the completion of a $120-million (€95 million) renovation, the former prison is slated to open as the upscale Liberty Hotel in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The Liberty will have 300 rooms, including ten suites with views of the Charles River, certain to be slightly more comfortable than the conditions denizens of the 19th-century prison would have enjoyed.
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Carpenter & Co, which is renovating the property, will leave some of the cells in place—most of which will lie in the property’s bar, naturally. The firm has also left a central rotunda and cupola included in the jail’s original plans. Some hotel guests on lower floors will even reportedly be treated to the original bars on their windows—paying several hundred dollars a night for the privilege.
“You’ll know this was a jail,” developer Richard Friedman, who also owns the city’s Charles Hotel, told the Boston Globe.
This isn’t the only former jail gone luxury hotel. In the UK, The HM Oxford Prison, the country’s first, was converted into the swanky Malmaison Oxford last year. There, guests may sleep in converted cells, but they also get a free bottle of wine and access to high speed internet, perks the original residents likely couldn’t imagine