A 150-year-old Dutch jail was transformed into this luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Het Arresthuis is located in the Dutch city of Roermond, about 100 miles south of Amsterdam.

Het Arresthuis

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.

Het Arresthuis

Dutch hotel group Van der Valk decided to keep the original cell doors to preserve a bit of history in the building.

Het Arresthuis

Among the 40 rooms are four luxury suites, each with an appropriate name: the Lawyer, the Judge, the Director, and the Jailer.

Het Arresthuis

Unlike the cookie-cutter jail cells, the rooms are uniquely designed. Some are warmer in tone ...

Het Arresthuis

... while others keep a cooler palette.

Het Arresthuis

And some are nearly as grey as their former incarnations.

Het Arresthuis

Guests will spend roughly $200 a night for a double room at the hotel.

Het Arresthuis

Which, depending on your level of comfort with its history, could either be a bargain or a rip off. At the very least, you'll enjoy more freedom than past guests did.

Het Arresthuis

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