This Former County Jail Is the Best Bed and Breakfast in the U.S., According to TripAdvisor
At this B&B, if you get in, you may not get out — at least not without an appeal.
While some people are always on the lookout for somewhere luxurious to stay on vacation, others are more in the market for something a little bit weird, and this bed and breakfast is definitely the most unique stay you can find in the U.S.
According to Los Angeles Times, the Jail Hill Inn in Galena, Illinois — about a three-hour drive from Chicago — has been named the best B&B in the U.S., and the second best in the entire world, based on reviews on TripAdvisor.
The six-room inn is actually a renovated, old county jail. And while there are other jail-themed hotels in the world, like Sook Station in Bangkok, where guests can get their own mugshots and sleep in black-and-white pajamas, Jail Hill Inn isn’t about themes and kitsch.
The building itself is 140 years old and stopped functioning as a jail in 1977, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In fact, very little of the old cells remain. According to the Chicago Tribune, little details like old inmates’ names etched into the window frames are just one of few historical gems you can find hidden in the luxury B&B.
Otherwise, it looks like a fairly plush stay. Every room is outfitted with a king-size bed made up with high quality linens, a fireplace, a wet bar and a Bluetooth speaker system. All guests are treated to champagne and chocolate as soon as they arrive and enjoy a three-course breakfasts in the morning and wine-and-cheese receptions in the late afternoon. We’re pretty sure the previous inmates did not get this kind of pampering when they stayed here.
"It’s kind of a juxtaposition, going from being a place nobody wanted to be, to being a place everybody wants to be,” innkeeper Matthew Carroll told the Los Angeles Times. Carroll renovated the place after purchasing it in 2015.
Rates begin at $295 for a midweek stay and can go up to about $445 during the busy season. For more information, visit the Jail Hill Inn website.