03/18/2013 07:20 am ET Updated May 18, 2013

5 Prisons Turned Into Luxury Hotels (PHOTOS)

Where you were once only allowed one phone call, a bologna sandwich and a rock hard bunk bed, you're now pampered with concierge service, decadent dishes, and the coziest of accommodations. Gone are the dark days of detaining criminals, as today these former prisons are hosting travelers from around the world in their new life as luxury hotels.

Some may downplay their past while others show off their rich history: All are still looking for ways to keep their guests from escaping.

-- Tara Imperatore

Prisons Turned Into Luxury Hotels