Photo: Het Arresthuis
Photo: Het Arresthuis

Would you pay money to stay the night in the cell of a notorious criminal? At Roermond in The Netherlands, people are lining up to do just that.

Formerly one of The Netherlands' most intimidating jails, Het Arresthuis has undergone an extensive makeover and reopened as a boutique hotel with 40 rooms, including 12 deluxe and 4 suites.

This isn't one of those quirky hotels where you pay to sleep in terrible conditions, though. Gone are the days of camp stretchers, bare concrete floors and communal showers.

Photo: Het Arresthuis

In their place the rooms now feature bold artworks, modern furnishings, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, and even a coffee machine.

Photo: Het Arresthuis

You won't be confined to your cell for the duration of your stay. Het Arresthuis also has a sauna, well equipped fitness centre, central patio area with olive trees, and an organic herb garden.

Photo: Het Arresthuis

Purple mood lighting, giant chandeliers and funky lounge chairs now fill the cavernous central living area, while the prison courtyard has been transformed into an outdoor cafe.

Photo: Het Arresthuis

Opened in 1862, Het Arresthuis was abandoned for a number of years before reopening as a prison in 2002. In 2007, it was closed permanently and construction of the hotel began.

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