Prison hotels? They do exist, as this list shows, from New England to Down Under. To varying degrees, they preserve their jailhouse origins. Some go ultra-luxurious; others opt for the bare-bones backpacker route. All capture the imagination. Alcatraz, are you next?

Thanks to Mark at Yahoo! for sharing the link and slideshow, check them out here.

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farbster February 10, 2014 - 6:50 pm

The Four Seasons Istanbul used to be the jail. http://www.fourseasons.com/istanbul/

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mhenner February 10, 2014 - 7:58 pm

In Stockholm, there is a hostel in what used to be a prison. Very nice
Langholmens Vandrarhem STF/HI

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Lakshmi February 11, 2014 - 6:33 am

Beautiful! Here’s our dining experience at the Four Seasons Istanbul which was a former prison. http://aglobalaffair.com/2012/04/15/lunch-at-the-four-seasons-sultanahmet-istanbul-great-history-uninspiring-meal/

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