Courtesy of Sook Station
Cailey Rizzo
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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