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.

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

 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.

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.

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

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

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

 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.

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.

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