February 20, 2013

Wednesday Whim - Jailhouse Rock

all images via Neatorama via Het Arresthuis

When it comes to recycling and remodeling in the design industry, this hotel in the Netherlands takes the cake. Het Arresthuis is a former prison facility converted into a lavish hotel. The bars are even still on the windows! Warm colors, modern fixtures and furniture and mood lighting have morphed the interiors from 
stone cold and frigid into comfortable and beautiful. 

The prison (originally known as the Judgement House) first opened in 1863 and has closed and re-opened through the years. It finally closed its doors a mere six years ago (2007)! Now operating as a hotel Het Arresthuis offer 36 rooms and 7 suites (aptly named The Director, The Jailer, The Lawyer and The Judge). The design of the hotel incorporates its history and humor for the guests who stay. 
It's pretty cool to see a transformation like this one!

The Elvis song,
Jailhouse Rock, sure has a new meaning doesn't it? Check out more here and the hotel website here!


  1. love the clean lines modern look love love love

  2. Seriously girl, where do you find this stuff!?
    Haha, I love that it used to be a jail - makes for some fun-named suites. They did an amazing job revamping it into a stunning hotel!

    Trendy Teal

  3. so adorable! i really love that first photo, the purple, green + blue and the white chandelier!

  4. That hotels is AMAZING! So gorgeous. haha

  5. Wow, the transformation is really amazing! But I'm not sure I could ever stay in a hotel that used to be a prison, I would probably freak myself out!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. I can't believe that used to be a jail!!! That is majorly chic...and totally innovative.
    But I have to admit, I may not love sleeping in a cell...even if it's ultra luxe ;)

  7. WOW, hotel looks amazing. I can't believe it used to be a jail. It's so chic now!

  8. Hey Nancy! What an awesome transformation indeed! I love that white room and the courtyard is pretty spectacular too. Have you had an opportunity to visit this hotel?

  9. Wow! What a wonderful makeover. Love these pics. xx. McKenna Lou
    p.s. Hop on over to Lynn and Lou for a special giveaway!

  10. i bet i'd be a little creeped out, but it looks pretty cool!

  11. OMG what a fabulous transformation!!! Love the decor!

  12. I think the idea of making an old jail into a hotel is a brilliant idea! This makeover is so modern, I would definitely stay here.

  13. This is awesome! I stayed in the Jail Hotel while I was in Lucerne, Switzerland. It was awesome, but this place looks about a billion times fancier. Love it!

  14. Okay I think that is the craziest thing I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I don't know if it's the coolest or the what were they thinking??!! It looks phenomenal but seriously wow!!

    Ergo - Blog

  15. oh WOW! nancy, they have totally transformed it. i am loving the colors and modern elements of it. so pretty! thanks for sharing.


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