Consider yourself a prisoner of love? Why not take that analogy further this Valentine's Day and spend the night in a refurbished jail.
Text adapted from Gogobot Pro User Terry Gardner.
Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki, Finland
The <a href="http://www.gogobot.com/best-western-premier-hotel-kat-helsinki-hotel">Hotel Katajanokka</a> opened as a Best Western in 2007, but the outer red brick walls and central hallway of the former Helsinki County Jail remain. Each of the 106 rooms was created from two or three prison cells.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
This 65-room hotel, built in 1918, was reborn as the <a href="http://www.gogobot.com/four-seasons-hotel-istanbul-at-istanbul-hotel">Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahment</a> in 1996. The Turkish prison’s original wooden doors and its courtyard watchtowers (now housing elevators) were preserved along with other architectural features.
Liberty Hotel, Boston
As the Charles Street Jail from 1851 to 1990, the building grew infamous for its squalor. Now, as the <a href="http://www.gogobot.com/liberty-hotel-boston-hotel">Liberty Hotel</a>, it's gaining fame for its sense of humor and beautiful preservation of historic jail catwalks and cells.
Malmaison Oxford Hotel, Oxford, England
<a href="http://www.gogobot.com/malmaison-oxford-castle-oxford-hotel">Malmaison Oxford</a>, about 60 miles from central London, encourages guests to bring their own handcuffs. This former prison blends comfy beds, power showers and mood lighting with wrought-iron-work stairs and 3-inch-thick steel doors. There are 40 cell rooms (each created from three cells: two for the room, one for the bath) and 54 rooms that were never cells.
Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The building was a military prison from 1882 until 1991 when Slovenia gained its independence from Yugoslavia. The former military barracks were transformed into a cultural center, and 80 artists helped transform 20 prison cells into a <a href="http://www.gogobot.com/hostel-celica-ljubljana-hotel">youth hostel</a>, which opened in July 2003.
Jailhotel Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
Built in 1862, the building functioned as a prison until 1998. The <a href="http://www.gogobot.com/jailhouse-lucerne-lucerne-hotel">Jailhotel Lucerne</a>'s Falling Waters Suite was once the Visitor’s room, the Director’s suite was the warden’s office, and the old prison library is now the Library Suite.