From the outside, one would not expect this luxurious hotel to be filled with lavish detail and furnishings. That’s because it used to be one of the Netherlands’ most feared prisons for more than a century.
The hotel that was once a place people wanted to leave as soon as possible, is now a place people dread leaving.
Het Arresthuis was a prison for almost 150 years. It had 105 prisoner’s quarters. It opened in 1862 and established a reputation for being an intimidating jail.
It reopened for a short period in 2002, and closed in mid-2007 for good and the hotel began construction.
They had a nickname for the jail, called “bolletjesbajes,” translating to “stuffer’s prison.”
Now the place has 40 spacious rooms for hotel guests, including 24 standard, 12 deluxe, and four suites. All rooms have luxurious interiors and chic designs.
It features air conditioning, flat screen TVs, free WiFi and personal coffee and tea machines.
There’s a sauna, fitness center, central patio with olive trees, and an organic herb garden.
Though the interior is undoubtedly chic, some of the jail-like features were left, like the heavy doors and window bars.
Het Arresthuis seems like a one-of-a-kind idea, but there have been several prisons turned into hotels over the years.
In 1996, Oxford Prison was made into a Malmaison hotel.
Jailhotel Lowengraben in Lucerne was also made into a hotel.
It was built in 1862 and used as prison until 1998.