The Netherlands has an odd problem on its hands: The country is so safe, it doesn’t need all of its prisons anymore.
Within the last decade, roughly 25 have closed down or are expected to close in the coming years.
One of those is the Het Arresthuis hotel, which opened as a jail in 1863 and closed in 2007, only to reopen a few years later. A total of 105 cells were converted into 40 luxury rooms, and the courtyard is now a fine-dining terrace.
Here’s a look inside.
After spending 144 years as a prison, the hotel now features 40 rooms spread across three floors. Each room is air-conditioned and has free Wifi.
Dutch hotel group Van der Valk decided to keep the original cell doors to preserve a bit of history in the building.
Among the 40 rooms are four luxury suites, each with an appropriate name: the Lawyer, the Judge, the Director, and the Jailer.
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