Could you imagine paying hundreds of dollars to spend a night in jail? All over the world, former prisons have been converted into luxe digs for a travel experience unlike any other. Explore these 3 unconventional (but undeniably beautiful) accommodations…only good can come from doing some time here.
Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul
Located only a five-minute walk from major attractions in Istanbul, you won’t believe this five-star hotel was once a 100-year-old Turkish prison. Guests can expect an intimate setting, with only 54 rooms and 11 suites. Hang out in the soaking tub in your private marble bathroom, or lounge on the balcony — room windows overlook the lush herb garden, creating a sunny and relaxing spot to vacation.
Four Seasons SultanahmetAccording to Business Insider, if you take a close look, the wooden doors leading into the lobby of the Four Seasons Sultanahmet are from the building’s original structure, and a marble pillar has engravings of former inmates names.
The Liberty in Boston
In Boston’s Historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, you can book a reservation at the very chic The Liberty, which was once the Charles Street Jail. Built in 1851, the massive facility was transformed into 298 rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy a suite of amenities that it certainly never offered before, including an in-room private bar and Saturday yoga.
It wasn’t until 1990 that the last prisoners were removed and relocated. The hotel’s restaurant, Clink, was built around the preserved jail cells and wrought-iron work on the windows still remain.
Sofitel Luang Prabang hotel in Laos
Hotel de la Paix, tucked away in Laos, was formerly a town prison. The five-star accommodation is now comprised of 23 luxury suites that open up to gardens and gazebos, some even boasting private outdoor pools. Rain showers and bathtubs provide big-time relaxation after a day at the pool.
The shared amethyst-tiled pool is absolutely stunning, providing plenty of space to float and enjoy. Dine at the, where local fare (with a twist, of course) is served up by world-class chefs.