A night in lockup isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when looking for a hotel but these buildings have been converted into lodgings that will have you wanting to break in!
Liberty Hotel, Boston
Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel is reflective of the property’s colorful past. This strong and beautiful building is home to a variety of public spaces linked by historic catwalks – including lobby and reception areas, restaurant, bar, grand ballroom, and meeting rooms – as well as a limited number of guestrooms. Among the other dramatic features that have been preserved from the previous incarnation are vestiges of jail cells within the hotel lobby bar and oversized windows. A new, adjoining 16-story tower houses the majority of guestrooms with every modern convenience.
Het Arresthuis, Netherlands
Situated in a former detention centre in the historic centre of Roermond, Het Arresthuis offers luxurious rooms with a modern and stylish interior.
Langholmen Hotel, Stockholm
The old Crown Prison closed in 1975 and while the cells have now been converted to bedrooms, many of the original features remain, including the thick cell doors and there is even a prison museum here as well.
Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam
This venue started life as a hotel and became a prison during the second World War. It reopened as a hotel in 2004 and features a range of rooms with differing luxury levels. Located on the waterfront in the Eastern Docklands, the hotel features four mezzanine platforms used for exhibitions, meetings and events, a library, two main banqueting rooms and ten smaller meeting rooms.
Four Seasons Istanbul
Just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Blue Mosque, this former Ottoman prison took four years of renovation to get to its current state of glory. They left a few “prison-y” touches — like a large marble pillar with the etchings of a former inmate — but for the most part completely redid the interior of the building in a lush, Four Seasons-worthy design.
Four Seasons Istanbul
Malmaison Hotel, Oxford
Only a few changes were made to the structure of this former Oxford prison before it became the modern hotel it is today. Overnight stays are now in sumptuous rooms with moody lighting, en-suite bathrooms with baths and power showers and digital TV.
Jail Hotel Loewengraben, Lucerne
This jail hotel goes beyond simply renting out former prison cells as overnight rooms. For an extra price, visitors can stay in the former library or the director’s office, both of which have been turned into luxury suites. The library is still full of old prison books for you to peruse on your stay.
Jail Hotel Loewengraben