Inside a former prison for radical thinkers riding the wave of liberalism that spread across Europe after the French Revolution, Hotel Liberty encourages guests to step back and appreciate the notion of freedom through fine cuisine, spacious rooms, and an emphasis on shared experiences. Set in the German city of Offenburg, just over the French border, the property is home to the fine dining grill restaurant Wasser&Brot—a reference to the inmates’ typical diet of “water and bread” in previous times. Today, this standout eatery serves contemporary French cuisine under Michelin-starred chef Jeremy Biasiol, while the Mezzanine Floor & Lounge offers locally inspired tapas and high tea. Drastically different from the prison cells they once were, the 38 rooms and suites feature oak floors, distressed leather, and handcrafted furnishings by Knoblauch and local craftspeople, while urban gardening on the rooftop is a subtle nod to the building’s history as a place of communal activity. Add a rooftop terrace with a dining table, a library, the La Cave wine space with a cloister table, and meeting spaces for up to 25 people, and Hotel Liberty becomes a place to escape to, not from.
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