Courtesy of Sook Station
August 07, 2017

Travelers overwhelmed by the feeling of freedom while on vacation can now opt instead to stay in prison.

The Sook Station is a prison-themed hotel in Bangkok where guests are given black-and-white striped pajamas, a mugshot, and a curfew.

 Courtesy of Sook Station

Upon check-in, guests staying at Sook Station go through all the standard prison booking procedures: They take a headshot, are given uniforms, and are assigned a number that will be theirs throughout the stay. Instead of a room key, their inmate number gets them in and out of their cells (rooms), which are decorated with iron bars and black-and-white striped curtains.

Unlike actual inmates, guests are free to come and go — but the hotel does enforce a lights-out curfew. And some guests even share a communal bathroom, which is eerily lit for maximum effect.

It's not all iron gates and high-security at Sook Station, however. 

There’s a rooftop hot tub, an in-house coffee shop (which serves a complimentary breakfast every morning) and a co-working space for visitors who need to get business done while traveling. Some rooms even have a patio or balcony attached.

Rooms start at approximately $54 per night.

 Courtesy of Sook Station

But you don't even need to travel to Thailand to experience a prison-inspired vacation.

Outside of Amsterdam, travelers can opt to sleep in former cells in the jailhouse-turned-hotel Het Arresthuis (Dutch for house arrest), while the luxurious Four Seasons at Sultanahmet in Istanbul was created from a 90-year-old prison. And in Boston, the Charles Street Jail was reborn as the upscale Liberty Hotel, which serves cocktails at the Alibi Bar & Lounge and has floor-to-ceiling windows. 

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