The Liberty Hotel in Boston
Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, is an actual converted prison that housed a few famous inmates back in the day, like Malcolm X and one-time Boston mayor James Curley. The luxury hotel even has prison-themed names for its rooms and lounge areas. For example, The Clink is an on-site restaurant, and The Alibi is the hotel’s cocktail bar—and former jailhouse drunk tank. Amenities include air conditioning, in-room safes, minibar, complimentary overnight shoe shines, and on-site concierge. Guaranteed the prisoners never had it this good. For your next trip, plan on visiting these 14 other unusual hotels in the United States.
Hotell Hackspett in Sweden
Created by artist Mikael Genberg in Västerås, Sweden in 1998, the Hotell Hackspett—Swedish for woodpecker—is a single room that’s suspended 42 feet above the ground by cables in a 130-year-old oak tree. (Don’t worry, not a single nail was used to anchor the structure.) Guests are hauled up for their stay via a pulley-and-harness system. The room has spectacular views of the public park it’s located in and Lake Mälaren. Accommodations are rustic with a dry toilet and no electric or heating, so it’s only available during the summer season. Make sure you avoid booking a room at these hotel chains with the worst reputations on your next vacation.