Jail Breaks

We've heard of office buildings and farmhouses being turned into hotels — but we had never heard of converting prisons. And yet the interior architecture of a penitentiary should be well suited to low-budget accommodation — just think how efficiently large numbers of inmates are housed within and are briskly transferred from cell to dining hall. There were certainly no design problems at Hostel Celica, hostelcelica.com, a onetime military prison in Ljubljana effortlessly transformed into one of the most fashionable places to stay in the Slovenian capital. The 20 prison cells — which start at around $22 a night...

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