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 effect actually feels strangely magnificent. The center of the hotel is a soaring ninety-foot atrium, light spills into all the interiors, and the hotel affords stunning city and Charles River views. The wrought-iron windows are still there, the catwalks are now elegant black iron-railed balconies, and the exercise yard is a garden courtyard. In sum: pretty cool, full of luxe amenities, and thrilling for kids.

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