Crime, Punishment & Luxury: 10 Prisons That Turned Into Amazing Hotels

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If you have spent life on the right side of the law but still want to experience a little danger, then this list is for you! These 10 former prisons have all been transformed into swanky hotels, so you can spend a night behind bars without actually having to commit a crime. Check these places out and tell us where you’re booking your next vacation.

1. Canadian Youth Hostel, Ottawa

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The former Carleton County jail closed its doors in 1972 eventually becoming one of Canada’s most popular hostels due to its irresistible prison appeal. The top floor, which served as the prison’s death row was restored and is still open to daily tours. Guests might also be tempted to grab a drink at the hotel’s bar called “Mugshot”.

2. Celica Youth Hostel, Slovenia

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Abandoned as a prison in the 1990’s, strong remnants of its prison history remain including a museum of solitary confinement in the basement where guests can see where prisoners sentenced to solitary were sent. After nearly a decade of planning, the hostel opened its doors in 2003.

3. Het Arresthuis, Netherlands

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The small balconies running along the top and bottom floors of this once nineteenth-century prison give hotel guests the feeling that the warden will be comin’ around. Home to over a hundred prisoners, Het Arresthuis was converted into a hotel in 2007.

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