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The renderings for London’s former Bow Street Magistrates Court had us seriously excited for its rebirth as a 99-room hotel when we discovered them earlier this year, and now it looks like there is a similar project in progress further east.
The Old Street Magistrates Court, a five-minute walk east of Old Street roundabout and next to Hoxton Square, will become a “5-star boutique hotel styled to fit with the new modern art and media image”. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we guess the target market is the Shoreditch artsy media set. There will be 128 rooms between the Edwardian structure and a new-built block behind; what that looks like you can see below.
Looks like London is getting on the bandwagon of jail hotels: the former Bow Street Magistrates Court, around the corner from Covent Garden and opposite the Royal Opera House, will become a 99-room hotel and police museum. The latter will be housed in former prison cells, with others turned into guestrooms, so you might be bedding down where Casanova and Oscar Wilde once were held – although arguably in more comfortable surroundings.
While it will take a few years to complete, there are some pretty amazing renderings out there that show hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of black metal (iron?) work, and unusual bathroom layouts. These are by the hand of the Chinese-American architects that will be designing the project for the Austrian brothers that purchased the building, so it will be a whole multicultural affair.
First we talked about the The Thief hotel in Oslo, so naturally there’d have to be a “prison” hotel, right? Of course, this concept isn’t new, we’ve seen former lockups transformed into tony properties—but the latest—the Het Arresthuis in The Netherlands certainly seems to be one of the most design forward that we’ve laid eyes on.
Once one of the hardest jails in the country, it shut down in 2007. The prison, which was originally built in 1862 was then gutted and turned into a 40-room hotel. Still, the two tiers remain, reminding you of its penal past.
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On January 9th in downtown Olso, Norway, a former 18th-century prisoner colony became the country’s first waterfront hotel. It’s name? The Thief . Seriously, we don’t make this stuff up! The moniker goes back to the days when criminals were brought to the island just off the coast called Tjuvholmen, nicknamed "Thief Island". Today, you’ll find art galleries, bars, cafes, restaurants, and funky shops along this Scandinavian city’s mile-long waterfront. What won’t you find? Cars. So the primary way of getting around is via foot or bike--the popular local way.
And it’s your feet that’ll lead you to the modern 119-room hotel which is a member of Design Hotels. There are nine-floors at The Thief, including a penthouse suite, that affords panoramic views of the city. Add that and the rooftop terrace and we have a feeling no one will be longing to escape these quarters.
You know how much we love our cocktails here at HotelChatter. We'll find any reason to celebrate with a cocktail and fortunately for us (but not for our liver), hotels feel the same way. We've slurped down Summer Cocktails and Halloween Cocktails and now we're ready for the main event, Holiday Cocktails. We'll be taking a look at these concoctions all season long. If you have a suggestion, don't hold out on us. (Photos, recipes and prices are helpful too!)
When your hotel used to be a jail in a former life, the jokes and puns never get old. We loved the Liberty Hotel's Do Not Disturb sign which features the word Solitary and now we're loving their winter drink, Meet Your Maker.
The drink sounds ominous and it's served in the hotel's restaurant which is called CLINK but we bet it will make you feel all warm inside. The drink ($15) is made with creamy pumpkin puree and Makers Mark and topped with nutmeg garnish. Yum. If you can't make it to Boston, here's how to make the recipe in the maximum security of your own home.
Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.
Speaking from the uber cool Ebersol Suite atop the old jail in Beacon Hill, Jim Treadway, head honcho of the Liberty Hotel in Boston, answers one simple question: "Why would someone coming to Boston stay at the Liberty Hotel".
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Last week Shira Levine spent a few days getting her Turkish Delight on in Istanbul, Turkiye ("Turkey is a bird; Turkiye is the country") and checking out the transcontinental Eurasian city's hotel scene. Any questions about where to stay in Turkiye? Send 'em to us and we'll have Shira answer them for you.
By director Oliver Stone's "Midnight Express" film portrayal, if there is one notable Turkish site to skip over it's the inside of a Turkish prison. But if it's the inside of a Neoclassical jail conversion and that jail conversion happens to now be a Four Seasons, we learned that staying a few night doesn't compromise sanity, just bank accounts.
When in Sydney, you might well be craving harbor views, but we've got a new alternative--just stay in the middle of Sydney Harbour itself.
We’ve experienced the camping version of a stay at Cockatoo Island, but if you want to stay overnight in more style on this island in the middle of the harbor--with clear views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge--you're in luck.
The Cockatoo Island Historic Houses are available for up to ten guests per house, and according to a Sydney Morning Herald review, these two historic houses (formerly prisons) have been elegantly refurbished and include three plasma TVs per house. The digs are available for A$400 ($260) a night during the week or A$1200 ($780) for a Friday to Sunday weekend stay. Those are somewhat decent prices for the views you're getting, especially if you're traveling with a group.
Would you pay $200 or more to stay at a 228-year hotel that once was a brewery, then headquarters for Stockholm's guards (a.k.a., "sausages," earning the building the enviable moniker of "a sausage pot"); next as a jail of sorts, housing thieves and beggars; and later as a temporary hospital during the city's cholera epidemic in 1834, before finally becoming a hotel with no room service and very few individual bathrooms in 1976? The New York Times thinks you should.
Get your hot dogs, sunscreen and beer guts ready: Independence Day is just over two weeks away! If you're headed to a big city for some fireworks fun, we'll be taking a look at hotels with prime fireworks views. Have a favorite hotel for gawking at bombs bursting in air? Send it our way.
Celebrate your country's independence by spending a night in an old jail! Head to Boston and check out our Fourth of July SPLURGE hotel pick: The Liberty Hotel.
The swanky, newly-converted jailhouse is offering the Independence Day Perfect View Package, a bundle of goodies that may be best for you to indulge in without the kiddies.
It's very possible that Alcatraz, once the country's most treacherous prison, will turn into a hotel by 2010, so says the National Park Service.
The organization is trying to spruce up some of the Bay Area's national parks and make the most of the land they are sitting on. Thus Alcatraz may have a hotel on it's lonely island. The SF Chronicle reports:
One of the Alcatraz proposals would allow visitors to camp out on the island; another would involve rehabilitating a complex of old buildings and possibly turning one of the buildings into a hotel. Building 64, once used to house guards, could become a science and education center, with classrooms, a kitchen and a hostel for students.
Of course some residents disagree with the building of a hotel so the lodging plan will have to be approved by city residents. And the city's firefighters are concerned about having to race over to the island in case there's a fire or another emergency overnight.
So the Alcatraz Hotel may be a long ways off or it may never even come to fruition. But if you still have a jones for jail hotels, there's a bunch you can try, like the Liberty Hotel in Boston or the Malmaison Oxford.
But if your fetish is strictly Alcatraz-based you can hit up The Rock Love Hotel in Japan. Heh.
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Approaching Boston's newest swank hotel, The Liberty Hotel, is not a simple proposition. The hotel is directly behind the new Yawkey Center at Mass General Hospital and you are bound to run into squealing ambulances, harried doctors and Charles St. Brahmans as you enter.
However once inside the old Charles Street Jail you are immediately blown away by the atrium architecture and escalator mural, which includes mug shots of actual former inmates. Our first impression is that MTM Luxury Lodging did a good job of shutting out the chaotic surroundings of the Charles St. T stop and turning this old jail into a 298-room hotel.
We know that if you are going to pay $300 to $350 a night (ouch) for a room here you want to know what it is like inside. Luckily for you this hotel video tour is a Friday double feature.
Check out moving pictures from room 430, one of 18 rooms in the jail (the other 280 are in the new tower) here.