02114 Travel Guide
Now that the “50 Shades of Grey” movie is in the works and Universal has picked its screenwriter, we are resigning ourselves that these themed hotel packages are just getting started. Plus, given the fact that Andaz replaced the Bible with this novel, you know this is serious business that's not going away for a minute. Alright, if you can't beat 'em (ha!) join 'em.
So here’s another package for those enamored with Christian and his antics. Boston's Liberty Hotel has a “Fifty Shades of Sin” package designed for a most titillating night out. Our funny bone is just a bit tickled that a hotel with the word "liberty" in it, has a package centering around a book that's all about domination and sexual slavery, not freedom! But, we digress.
Here’s what you get for the $599 starting price tag (depending on the room you select):
*An intimacy kit
*Dinner for two at CLINK, the hotel’s restaurant modeled on old jail cells
*A pair of handcuffs
*A grey silk tie
*A "Solitary" Do Not Disturb Sign
*A bottle of champagne
*A copy of "50 Shades of Grey"
Given that the Liberty Boston was the city's former Charles Street Jail, we do think that this particular package is especially fitting.
And now the really important question--who will play Christian?!
[Photo: Liberty Hotel]
As we told you yesterday, we went on a quick jaunt to Boston and had the chance to check out the Liberty Hotel, which opened up in 2007 inside a building that used to be the Charles Street Jail. The luxe hotel has a jail-y theme throughout that pays homage to the building's former life, and before we give you a full rundown of our overnight experience, check out the video tour of our room here.
Our friend dropped us off in front of the hotel, and a valet opened the car door while we clutched our overnight bag (that's right; we were determined to take it upstairs ourselves this time. Success!) We were directed through the front doors and up one floor via escalator into the impressive lobby, which, despite the rainy day, was vibrant and warm and when we rolled in (at 7:00 pm), there were plenty of locals and guests hanging out around the lobby sipping cocktails and munching on small bites. Cool vibe.
As one front desker checked us in, another poured us a glass of champagne (apparently they do that for everyone, not just single ladies who look like they've just endured a 5-hour car ride). Check-in was without incident and we were sent up to the 14th floor.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Uh, so, question: you know how Boston's Liberty Hotel used to be a jail? Yeah. Think the, uh, guests of the place got to enjoy kickass views of Boston like this one back then? (We're thinking no).
This is a shot we snapped out of the floor-to-ceiling window from our room on the 14th floor of the Liberty; even though Boston was crappy and cloudy when we were around, we still loved the sweeping cityscape. If we looked directly downward from our room, we could also look down into The Yard which, on Wednesday nights, is the site of the hotel's cute "Yappy Hour."
One complaint, though: the window swept all the way across from one side of the wall to the other, but we couldn't actually get the curtains to go all the way back so we could get the full effect maybe we were operating them wrong, but the curtains only let us see 2/3rds of the view. Boo.
Rates at the Liberty start at around $345. Check out the video tour of this room (#1405) here.
Yesterday's Guess the Hotel was pretty easy, eh? Well, that is, if you got the whole "Solitary Confinement" and "jail" connection: yes, we went on a quickie jaunt to Boston this week and had the chance to check out the much-buzzed-about Liberty Hotel, inside a building that was the Charles Street Jail in its former life.
The jailhouse vibe is still totally present in the kickass lobby, but there are also little nods to the building's history throughout the property: it's got an upscale restaurant called "Clink" and a bar called "Alibi," for example and little touches in the rooms, like that do not disturb sign we showed you, serve as subtle reminders of the hotel's history up on the guestroom floors.
We'll have a full review comin' right up, but for now, behold: a tour of our digs, room 1405.
Um, are you somewhat wary of the sorts of people who you would assume might attend such functions as a "Yappy Hour"? You know, a happy hour that people attend with doggies in tow? Would you assume they might be a pack of "those" types of pet owners? And would you want to keep your distance from them? Yeah, us too, probably.
But! The Boston Globe had the same sorts of fears as we did when they made the decision to attend the Liberty Hotel's "Yappy Hour," and, fortunately, they're reporting that the event isn't so ridiculous at all:
This was the hotel’s first installment of a new weekly party called Yappy Hour where the dress code states “Canines come dressed to impress.’’ I had visions of dog owners and their pets in matching cheetah-print Juicy Couture track suits, with the poor dogs looking miserable in their ridiculous duds while their owners got sloppy drunk on Grape Escape cocktails.
I’m happy to report that instead the scene consisted of owners enjoying a drink while their dogs frolicked au natural.
The hotel hosts the cocktail hour from 5:00 to 7:00 every Wednesday this summer and all kinds of dogs are welcome, not just the yappy breeds.
Get your hot dogs, sunscreen and beer guts ready: Independence Day is just over two weeks away! If you're headed to a big city for some fireworks fun, we'll be taking a look at hotels with prime fireworks views. Have a favorite hotel for gawking at bombs bursting in air? Send it our way.
Celebrate your country's independence by spending a night in an old jail! Head to Boston and check out our Fourth of July SPLURGE hotel pick: The Liberty Hotel.
The swanky, newly-converted jailhouse is offering the Independence Day Perfect View Package, a bundle of goodies that may be best for you to indulge in without the kiddies.
Now that the Boston Celtics are squaring off against the LA Lakers in the NBA Finals, we'll be rounding up some hotels in Beantown worth checking out, much like we did for LA last week.
Game 1 is taking place this Thursday in Boston, so Celtics fans need to get their hotel rooms booked. A Boston local immediately recommended the Onyx Hotel which is within walking distance to the Celtic's home, the TD Banknorth Garden.
But if you referred to it as anything other than The Garden, you might as well just get a Lakers tattoo on your forehead.
For Red Sox fans only. Yankee fans need not apply.
Wondering what's up with Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Josh Beckett? Head to Bean-town's Liberty Hotel for their "Swing! Batter, batter!" package.
This historic hotel is actually a former prison, but you'll be too deeply immersed in baseball heaven to ponder such trivia. Your room will come with a view of the lights of venerable Fenway Park, one of the country's oldest baseball fields, as well as the historic Citgo sign.
Just when you thought you were done guzzling the bubbly in the New Year, there's another reason to keep on swilling champagne: Veuve Clicquot is launching its first branded bar in the U.S. at The Liberty Hotel in Boston.
The champagne house plans to open the bar on Friday under the name La Grande Dame, the champagne label's nickname.
The bar is an "elegant alcove" located on the second floor of the hotel, formerly the Charles Street Jail. Flute glasses and bottles of La Grande Dame as well as full selection of current and past La Grande Dame Vintage and Vintage Rose will be available.
Veuve Clicquot has already opened two bars in Hamburg and Macau but this is the first US operation. (In a former jail no less!) We wonder if Karim "The White" Rashid's pink Veuve Clicquot loveseats will be inside.
Last fall it was announced that a former Charles Street jail in Boston would be converted into a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel estimated a Summer 2007 opening date and guess what? The Liberty Hotel has opened today.
However, you can't stay overnight there until Sept. 7 but when you do you can expect room rates to start at $275 for a 400 sq.ft. Fantastic Double Double. A Ultra Fantastic King starts at $305. Looks like someone borrowed from the W Hotels room descriptions.
The hotel also has three restaurants/bars in the works including a "jail" bar in the lobby that pays homage to the building's former life. A casual restaurant and bar will be on the second floor and a fine dining restaurant is also expected.
· Charles Street Jail to Become The Liberty Hotel [HotelChatter]
Sometimes we really don't know how hotel marketing teams come up with their packages. Some of these blow our mind they're so weird and others are just downright pointless. The Onyx Hotel in Boston, most famous for their Britney Spears suite is lacking a little bit in their "Wellness" package though.
The package--set on relaxing guests into bliss, includes the following:
One night stay in deluxe accommodations
In-room therapeutic massage performed by a professional
Complimentary FIJI bottled water provided in room
Complimentary specialty robe, yours to keep
In truth, we're all for all parts of this deal except the bottle of water. We can't quite believe that a complimentary bottle of water made a bragging list, Fiji or not. Couldn't they have included a fruit basket and an Evian mister? Let's hope the water bottle is at least the larger size.
Image via Sandrino/Flickr
· Onyx Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Hotel Onyx: Britney Press Comes Full Circle [HotelChatter]
· Omni Hotels Give Complimentary Amenity Upon Booking [HotelChatter]
tappin' that free WiFi...
Post Britney, post opening...so how is the Onyx doing?
Seems to be humming along Kimpton style. The rooms are a tad small here, and there isn't a real restaurant, just a bar, however the mood is good and guests and workers both appear happy. Well, it is Friday.
We were just privy to some management discussions, well, truth be told we were just sitting here minding our own business and the talks went on around us, and it appears "boutique" is no longer in the Kimpton vocab. It is all about lifestyle, and personal experiences.
Sounds about right. Hey, as long as they keep producing the best, most reliable free WiFi network at their hotels we will remain happy.
· Britney Spears Special Suite From Hell [Gawker]
· Ready for a night in Britney's Boudoir [Right This Way]
· The Tale of Two Onyx Hotels Continues [HotelChatter]
· The Tale of Two Onyx Hotels Continues [HotelChatter]
· Hotel Onyx: Soft Launch Mode [HotelChatter]
· Onyx Hotel Moniker [HotelChatter]
· Britney Booty on the Auction Block [HotelChatter]