Amazing hotels designed from prisons


Amazing hotels designed from prisons

What is it like to spend nights in a prison cell? Well, if you are a model citizen, you might never find out the answer for that. Don’t worry! Prison accommodations, from high-class types to common ones, do exist, and you can always enter them and walk out as a free man. Apparently, those prison hotels have succeeded in intriguing a large number of visitors all over the world. Let’s check out several prison hotels below!

1. Alcatraz Hotel, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Alcatraz is a former prison of Germany operating from 1867 to 2002. Five years after being closed, the hotel was transformed into a guest house with 56 rooms featuring an authentic vibe of a real prison. You can choose to stay in a restored room or experience your night behind the bars in an original prison cell located in the basement. Either choice will lead you to rooms with iron doors, iron grilled windows, metal beds.

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Come to Alcatraz Hotel and enjoy a day in jail!

With ‘prison’ as the main theme, the decorations in this hotel are mostly in black and white. Complete your prisoner look with a black-and-white striped pyjama delivered by the hotel and eat breakfast in style with only bread and jam!

2. Best Western Premier Katajanokka, Helsinki, Finland

Rated as a 4-star hotel, Katajanokka is a historic hotel featuring a prison setting with 106 rooms in total. Considering the fact that this place used to be a prison where criminals were held captive until the trial, the hotel room looks much nicer than you could have expected with fine décor, comfy beds, air conditioner, etc. These rooms were redesigned from old cells.

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Best Western Premier Katajanokka used to be a prison

The 5th President of Finland, Risto Ryti, was rumored to be imprisoned there. Nowadays, as Best Western is renovated to be a hotel, it still manages to keep original features like stone walls carvings of former prisoners in Jailbird Restaurant. Enjoy your time at the lobby bar, sun terrace, or get some treatments for your body in the sauna room. There are conference facilities for business meetings.

3. Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

You might find out what’s left of the prison by paying attention to the details: old wooden doors on the corridor, marble columns where you can find the information on former prisoners in 1938. The beautiful outdoor eating place that you see now used to be the training field and guard stations were turned into elevators.

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Four Seasons Sultanahmet is as elegant as a palace

The exquisite and gorgeous interior of Sultanahmet from the lobby to 65 guest rooms will capture your eyes at the first sight. Moreover, this hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul, which is nearby two famous Turkish buildings, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Check out the on-site fitness center to keep fit before finding amazing relaxations at the spa offering a variety of Eastern and Western massage techniques.

4. Het Arresthuis, Roermond, Netherlands

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The sun terrace in Het Arresthuis

From being a 19th-century prison, Het Arresthuis is now a well-known hotel with modern furnishings and elegant designs. It’s hard to believe this place used to be a former hotel when looking at the beauty of 40 rooms and suites, which were restored from 150 prison cells. The most noticeable suites are The Jailer, The Lawyer, The Director and The Judge featuring grand décor and luxurious bathroom.

Sauna and bars are also available. For enjoying some fresh air, you can go to the courtyard where you will find a café featuring a sun terrace.

5. Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

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The moody atmosphere of Ottawa Jail Hostel might creep you out

Ottawa Jail was a Canadian prison of Carleton District from 1962 to 1972, and it also attached with a bad reputation for immoral methods of torture. Although being renovated as a hotel, the moody atmosphere of this hotel is haunting.

Even some guests of the hotel said that they had seen or felt the presences of ghosts while staying on the upper floors. Most parts of the former prison including hanging ropes, stone walls are still well-kept until now. Are you brave enough to stay the night at this hotel?

6. Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Hostel Celica is deserved to be on top of one of the finest hostels

Let’s switch to something more eye-catching with Hostel Celica! The ex-prison hotel owns a colorful look featuring rooms, which were prison cells, are redecorated with an artistic vibe. You can catch the sights of impressive graffiti on the wall outside. People love this hostel for its budget prices starting from 18 EUR for a bed including breakfast as well as BBQ parties, tempting food combos, cocktail nights, concerts and much more.

7. Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos

Believe it or not, this hotel of Luang Prabang used to be a town prison. Honestly, the luxurious appearance of this accommodation is more like a villa or a mansion. There are 23 large suites in total with beautiful gardens and a captivating poolside, which delivers a mesmerizing sunset scene. There is a library storing books and documents relating to the history of the former prison.

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Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang impresses people with its luxurious look

You can still able to see several original guard stations of the former prison. The hotel is a perfect harmony of elegantly quaint features and modern vibe. Tourists enjoy visiting this hotel for its tranquility and vintage atmosphere.

8. Jail Hotel, Lucerne, Switzerland

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Jail Hotel might look simple but it's an ideal place to stay

Built in 1862, this hotel was a historic prison operating from the early stage of the 19th century to 1998. Get your authentic jail experience by staying behind the bars of prison cells or offices of warders. Luckily, your time in jail might not be so difficult, since bathrooms with shower and toilet had been equipped. In your free time, you can read books in the on-site library.

Jail and hotel might be completely different from one another but when those two things combine, it will deliver fascinating experiences to tourists. Do not forget to add those interesting prison hotel into your bucket list!


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