Langholmen in Sweden
Långholmen playfully incorporates the hotel’s history into its core design. For 250 years, the building and island housed prisoners—the lush, trademark greenery can be credited to inmates who planted thousands of trees while serving time. After the jail closed in 1975, it reopened as a luxury retreat in 1989. Contemporary cells are beautifully furnished and guests get to hold onto the key, unlike former prisoners. If you like sleeping in weird places, you’ll definitely want to find out what it’s really like to sleep in an ice hotel.
Malmaison Oxford in England
Malmaison Oxford‘s windows are still barred in many of the converted rooms, with the A-wing providing the most authentic feeling experience of what it was like to be an inmate back in the day. The hotel is gorgeous, towering over a trendy portion of Oxford with all its castle-like glory. Moody lighting and historical accents are reminiscent of a Dracula film, but there’s plenty of vibrant outdoor space to enjoy. Local dishes are served up at the Brasserie, in an industrial environment true to the prison vibe.
Liberty Hotel in Massachusetts
Formerly Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel held captive some pretty notorious criminals. Many of the age-old attributes were kept intact by the architects who redesigned the building, such as the iron catwalks that encircle the central lobby, one of the most captivating attributes. Alibi is the onsite restaurant which is located in the former drunk tank, so of course, they serve up lots of boozy concoctions.