Het Arresthuis in Roermond, the Netherlands, became home of Holland’s most notorious criminals after it was opened in 1862.
Since 2002 the jail was transformed into an emergency facility for body stuffers β people who ingest drug vials to avoid prosecution.
As News reports, Het Arresthuis was also called “bolletjesbajes” which is translated as stuffer’s prison.
Now all this is just history, as back in 2007 work began to transform the prison into a luxury hotel. And the result is amazing.
Having undergone an extensive makeover, the former prison reopened as a boutique hotel with 40 rooms, including 12 deluxe and 4 suites named The Jailer, The Lawyer, The Director and The Judge.
However, this is not the one of those quirky hotels where you pay to sleep in terrible conditions. The days of camp stretchers, bare concrete floors and communal showers are gone.
The terrible premises are now replaced by rooms with bold artworks, modern furnishings, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, and even a coffee machine.
But there is one thing left in order to remind the origin of the building – the original cell doors.
The three stories of cell blocks now filled with comfortable plush couches. There’s also a sauna, a fitness center, a central patio with olive trees, and an organic herb garden.
The prison courtyard, where prisoners were once forced to get their daily exercise, has been transformed into a large outdoor cafe.
By the way, Het Arresthuis is not the only former prison which has been transformed into a hotel.
After closing in 1996, Oxford Prison has been later become known as a Malmaison hotel.
βWe were here in Decmber 2012 and were amazed at this conversion,β a visitor of the hotel shares.
βThe hotel is a luxury boutique style hotel in the centre of Oxford right next to Oxford Castle. There are many restaurants close by. The architecture at the hotel is brilliant as many of the original features have been retained.β
“Rooms are in the old cells where two or three cells have been combined to make a luxury room. If you are chlostrophobic the rooms may be a little oppressive as they still have the original high windows but suites are available.Very nice decor throughout the hotel.β
β4 / 5 star. Not particularly suited to young children just re logistics of pushchairs etc. The hotel is quite expensive but it was a very memorable stay and we will definitely go back. One of the most unique places we have ever stayed,β she concluded.
Another prison which is now a hotel is the Jailhotel Lowengraben in Lucerne. Built in 1862, it was a prison until 1998, before being successfully transformed into a hotel.
βWhen i first entered in this hotel it pretty scarred me because of its infrastructure. It was a old jail which is converted into a hotel, but eventually I enjoyed staying there,β said one of the visitors of the Jailhotel.
βIt was a kind of theme hotel where you actually stay in a jail cabin. At night pretty scary if you are alone but if in a group you may enjoy it and pretty affordable too.β
βThe location is absolute plus point, just few minutes walk from Lucerne station and other city attractions. Its Fun!!!β