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Using 'Cell' Phone Takes On New Meaning At Boston's Liberty Hotel

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A former Boston jail that's now a luxury hotel is a great place to give yourself a "sentence" of a weekend away. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Eighteen of the nearly 300 rooms in Boston's Liberty hotel were formerly prison cells. As a result, the former lockup, at the foot of Beacon Hill, has achieved national historic landmark status.

"The Liberty actually used to be the Charles Street Jail, opened in 1851 as a jail, closed actually in 1990, and then it reopened as a luxury hotel in 2007," says Rachel Moniz, general manager of The Liberty Hotel. "It was a $150 million renovation."

Although the hotel, a member of Starwood's luxury collection, has quashed any rumors that the hotel is haunted, you'd be hard pressed not to believe that.

"This year, we're doing a Halloween-themed, sort of Night of the Living Dead zombie party," Moniz says.

Catwalk, the Liberty's newest bar reserved for hotel guests only, is literally housed on the original jail catwalk circling above the rotunda.

Even dogs have their day at the uber-pet-friendly Liberty Hotel. For the past four years, the courtyard where prisoners once exercised plays host to "Yappier" Hour, a three-hour-long event where dogs and owners come to socialize on Wednesday nights. You don't have to be an overnight guest.

"It's just a place where you can come with your friends, your dogs, and just have a drink or two, socialize," says one person.

The Yappier Hour season winds up the Wednesday before Halloween, with a special holiday celebration where dogs dress up.

Packages for the Night of the Living Dead Halloween party on November 2 start at $349 for two, including hotel room and tickets to the party. For those not staying overnight, tickets to the party cost $45 per person.

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