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After serving as one of the Netherlands most feared prisons for almost 150 years, Het Arresthuis, in Roermond, has been converted into a luxury hotel that no one wants to escape from anymore.

Het Arresthuis opened its doors in 1862, as a prison. Since then it has changed tremendously. The jail had been abandoned for years, when it reopened in 2002 as an emergency facility for body stuffers. In popular speech, Het Arresthuis was also called “bolletjesbajes” which is freely translated as stuffer’s prison. Mid 2007, the prison was shutdown permanently, after which the construction of Het Arresthuis commenced. Today, people can enjoy a care-free and casual stay here.

 Now that the facility has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, guests actually pay big money to spend at least a night in one of the old holding cells. Although “cells” is not exactly the right word to describe the chic accommodations at Het Arresthuis. The 105 prisoner’s quarters have been converted into 40 spacious rooms, including 24 standard rooms, 12 deluxe rooms, and four suites, all of which feature modern furnishings and chic interior design. They are all equipped with air conditioning, a flat screen TV, free WiFi, and even a personal coffee and tea machine, and the hotel’s include a sauna, a fitness center, a central patio with olive trees, and an organic herb garden. If you’re wondering about bars, this place has both kinds – the ones you can’t get past and the ones where you can get your drink on.

 This hotel is a must visit. I love the creativit in creating a luxurious hotel out of a prison cell. Why tear it down when you can create this fabulous space for guests to enjoy. I would definitely spend a night here, would you?


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