Prison hotels to lock yourself up in
BESIDES bringing a ghastly bright shade in vogue, Netflix's original series Orange Is The New Black also managed to make prison life look cool, though it's reportedly not realistic (prison life is, by all accounts, not fun).
Still, if you're longing for a prison-like experience like the Litchfield Penitentiary inmates', this list from travel search engine Trivago rounds up eight hotels from around the world that used to be correctional facilities.
Today, these buildings have been converted into luxury hotels, boasting unique architecture and fine dining.
Many retain original features, making it possible to spend the night in a prison cell - with added comfort.
HET ARRESTHUIS, ROERMOND, NETHERLANDS
Tucked away in the quiet and picturesque Dutch town of Roermond, this building once served as a detention house and, later, a state prison until recent years, with the hotel opening in 2011.
Choose between comfort cells, made up of three former prison cells; and deluxe cells, which are housed in former recreation rooms.
Although the original metal bars still line the windows, the cells have been transformed to comfortable havens, complete with flat-screen televisions, tea- and coffee-making facilities and rain showers.
Staff members are happy to arrange flowers, chocolate or beauty products for special occasions - a far cry from life in prison.
Available from 112 euros (S$173)
ALMAISON, OXFORD, BRITAIN
This hotel is in the former HM Prison Oxford, which is part of a Grade I listed mediaeval castle. The prison closed in 1996 and was reimagined as a boutique hotel, incorporating the original castle walls and many features from the prison.
Some 95 rooms and suites are available, including those located in the adjacent House of Correction building.
Each room has power showers, mood lighting and exclusive toiletries.
Also, "inmates" will not have to worry about sub-standard food - the stylish Brasseries serves generous portions of fresh, local and classic food.
Available from £179 (S$366)
FOUR SEASONS SULTANAHMET,
A century-old neoclassical Turkish prison in Istanbul's Old City, this hotel is just a stone's throw away from the 6th century Hagia Sophia and the 17th century Blue Mosque.
Views of these landmarks can be enjoyed from the rooftop lounge, where you can try speciality wines from different regions of Turkey and traditional Turkish snacks.
The prison was in operation between 1919 and 1969, housing inmates who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences.
Today, the inner courtyard has been turned into a lush garden and alfresco dining area.
With private bars, large plasma televisions and marble bathrooms and deep soaking tubs, the spacious rooms and suites bear little resemblance to the former prison cells.
Available from 320 euros
LANGHOLMEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Like many parts of Stockholm, Langholmen is on an island. It incorporates a hotel, hostel, conference centre, restaurant and prison museum.
The prison, which operated between 1725 and 1975, was one of the largest in Sweden, housing more than 500 cells.
Guests can visit the museum to see how inmates used to live or check into one of the rooms, which are former prison cells.
The original prison windows remain, though the cells have been upgraded to include flat-screen televisions and other amenities.
Choose among single cells, double cells, family cells and even romantic cells which come with sparkling wine and chocolate.
Available from 240 Swedish krona (S$40) for hostel rooms and 1,295 krona for hotel rooms
THE LIBERTY, BOSTON, UNITED STATES
The ironically-named Liberty is housed in the former Charles Street Jail, constructed in 1851. Notorious former inmates include African-American nationalist Malcolm X and World War II prisoners of war.
Today, this architectural gem has been transformed into a luxury hotel and six bars and restaurants. While the former prison cells were just slightly more than 7 sq m, the 298 rooms and suites range from 37 sq m to 74 sq m.
To see the original prison, head to Clink restaurant, where guests can sit in parts of the original cells while enjoying modern American cuisine.
Available from US$215 (S$306)
LLOYD HOTEL & CULTURAL EMBASSY, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Being a former prison is not the only hallmark of the Lloyd Hotel - it is also the world's first one-to-five star design hotel.
This means the rooms range in comfort and price, from cosy one-star rooms to deluxe five-star suites, featuring grand pianos, swings, hammocks, chandeliers and more.
Each room is unique, created by more than 50 designers and artists, making the hotel an icon of Dutch design.
The facility was first used to house immigrants. It was then turned into a prison, followed by art studios and finally Lloyd Hotel in 2004.
Available from 55 euros
BEST WESTERN PREMIER KATAJANOKKA, HELSINKI, FINLAND
Previously known as the Helsinki Country Prison, the facility housed pre-trial criminals from southern Finland between 1837 and 2002.
Extensive renovation was done to create the hotel although strict guidelines on historic buildings mean the exterior remains largely unchanged.
Inside, sets of two or three cells have been combined to create spacious and comfortable four-star hotel rooms, which can be accessed from the original prison corridor.
Guests can even enjoy a prison-themed meal at the Jailbird restaurant, which has exposed brick walls, barred windows and mediaeval-style chairs.
Available from 85 euros
CLINK78, LONDON, BRITAIN
This "posh hostel" can be found in a 200-year-old courthouse, known as the Clerkenwell Magistrates' Court.
The hostel's late-night bar, Clashbar, was named after The Clash, a band whose members were fined for shooting expensive racing pigeons and held at this very courthouse.
The former courtrooms have been made into a TV and film lounge and a computer room but not without a judge's podium and witness stands.
Choose to sleep in one of the original prison cells which accommodate one or two people in bunk beds.
Original features, such as a heavy metal door, barred windows and a steel toilet (no longer in use), remain but the cells have been refurbished to add colour, warmth and humour.
Available from £50
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