Originally built as a jail in 1851, the Liberty Hotel is one of Boston’s architectural landmarks, thanks to the fact that the dramatic space was reimagined by a team of designers and architects who collaborated closely with both historians and conservationists. So, despite its transformation in the 2000s, much of the building remains unchanged, which sounds off-putting, but in person, the total effect actually feels strangely magnificent. The center of the hotel is a soaring, 90-foot atrium; light spills in from all the interiors, and the hotel affords stunning city and Charles River views. The wrought-iron work windows are still there; the catwalks are now elegant black iron-railing balconies, and the exercise yard a garden courtyard. In sum: pretty cool, full of luxe amenities, and thrilling to kids.

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