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8 Unusual Hotels In Europe (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/11/10 11:06 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Forget keycards, how about an iPhone to access your suite? From electronic art hotels to igloos and wine barrels, these 8 hotels will guarantee you a memorable, and affordable, trip. We look at a selection of Europe's most unusual places to stay, chosen by Lonely Planet magazine.

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Jailhotel Löwengraben, Switzerland
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Most people try to avoid or escape incarceration, but at the Swiss Jailhotel Löwengraben, you get locked up out of choice. Lucerne’s least desirable address until 1998, the 19th-century prison has now been adapted to hold inmates of a very different kind. The simplest rooms are former cells, renovated to recreate the spartan aesthetic of prison life, with sparse furnishings and shared bathrooms. The former prison library, however, is now a suite with floor-to-ceiling books, while the warden’s office betrays the trappings of power with a formidable steel safe. The visitors’ room is a stylishly designed suite that allegedly has the fewest ghosts, but the most thought-provoking experience is in the Barabas suite – it has a colourful painting depicting post-jailbreak scenes as imagined by a former inmate. Not surprisingly, there’s also a bar called Alcatraz.
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