Look inside a 12th-century prison transformed into a magnificent hotel
We're pretty sure the inmates never had access to a spa and an infinity pool.
Spending the night in prison may not seem like your top choice for luxury accommodations. But you may want to reassess that.
A 12th-century Ottoman prison has just been reincarnated as a new hotel in Tel Aviv. The building has been meticulously restored during a 20-year preservation process spearheaded by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which included extensive archeological digs that unearthed artifacts dating back hundreds of years. And it's now transformed into a five-star destination. No shackles or warrant required. And bathrobes, not orange jumpsuits, come with each room.
Its eye-popping design and architecture is on par with other hotels around the world that are packed with pizzazz and personality and is part of a larger trend of decommissioned prisons being turned into luxury hotels from Boston to Helsinki.
Take a photo tour of the new digs and, we promise, you'll be pardoned and released in the morning. (Unless you decide to stay an extra night!)
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