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Malmaison, Oxford, UK Oxford Prison closed in 1996 before being redeveloped into a shopping and heritage complex – and a luxury hotel.


The Malmaison uses converted jail cells as guest rooms, although those parts of the prison associated with corporal or capital punishment are now offices. It is, bizarrely, a popular wedding venue.


Jailhotel Lowengraben, Lucerne
Built in 1862, this building in Lucerne, Switzerland, was used as a prison until 1998, before being converted into a hotel. There are several suites, with prices starting at around £140, plus dozens of cheaper options, and an on-site bar called the Alcatraz. Its website boasts that it is "the first prison in Switzerland you'll never want to leave".


Four Seasons Istanbul, Turkey
Despite being converted into a luxury hotel, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet still given hints to the building's former use. The old exercise yard has been converted into a courtyard for outdoor dining, while watchtowers are now elevator shafts. Engravings can also be seen detailing the names and professions of former prisoners.


Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
This Slovenian hostel - once named 'Hippest Hostel in the World' by Lonely Planet - was once a military prison, built in 1882 by the Austro-Hungarian army.


Each of the 20 rooms was designed by a different artist or architect, so no two are the same, but they do all retain the original prison bars on the windows and the doors. Rooms from around £16 per person.


Karosta prison, Liepaja, Latvia
Little has been done to renovate Karosta since it stopped housing prisoners, first for the Tsarist navy and then for the KGB. It claims to be "even more impressive than the Alcatraz in the USA" and is billed as an opportunity to "sleep on a prison bunk or an iron bed, and to have a prison meal". It adds: "There is a special offer to schoolchildren: an opportunity to spend a night in prison". Fortunately the price reflects the lack of luxuries: £7 a night.


Ottawa Jail Hostel, Canada
Operated by Hostelling International, the Ottawa Jail Hostel served as the Carleton County Gaol from 1862 to 1972 and was home to some of Canada's meanest criminals. The top floor served as the jail's death row, and conditions were notoriously inhumane: up to 150 prisoners lived in cells as small as 1m x 3m, with no heating and no plumbed toilets. Thankfully, sleeping quarters have improved, although much of the building has been kept as it was, to give visitors an authentic experience.


Langholmen Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
The Langholmen Hotel retains the heavy metal doors and narrow rooms that give away its former use. There's also an on-site museum, while the walls are adorned with information about the building's history. Rooms from around £20 per person.


The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, South Australia
A prison from 1866 until 1995, The Old Mount Gambier Gaol now offers hostel-style accommodation.

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