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The World's Four Most Romantic Jails


Clockwise from top left: Courtesy of the Jail House Inn; Courtesy of Liberty Hotel; Courtesy of Malmaison; Courtesy of Four Season Hotels & Resorts.

Looking for a place to escape with your sweetie? BRIDES magazine recommends you become prisoners of love at these jails turned luxury hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

This opulent jewel bears little resemblance to its imprisoned past. The 65 rooms, previously cells, sport mosaic tiles; the former guards' watchtowers serve as elevator shafts; and the restaurant occupies the former exercise yard. Given that it's just steps from Istanbul's best sites, you're sure to become repeat offenders. Doubles from $587 (low season) and $860 (high season)

Malmaison Oxford, England

An hour outside London in historic Oxford, this Victorian castle turned Her-Majesty's Prison turned boutique hotel is the perfect place to lock yourselves away. Gothic archways and exposed brick form a grand entrance, and most of the 95 moodily lit rooms—decorated in purple and crimson—have been created from knocked-together cells. Doubles from $223 (all seasons)

The Liberty Hotel Boston

The imposing facade of this former 19th-century jail is made of cold granite, but inside the hotel is astonishingly modern. The three-story lobby is adorned with giant chandeliers and a cool palette of mauve and gray. And you'll enjoy not-so-solitary confinement in one of the 298 rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows and Charles River views. At the Clink restaurant, the original cells provide private dining nooks—ideal for candlelight lockup. Doubles from $295 (low season) and $550 (high season)

Jailhouse Inn Newport, Rhode Island

Right off Washington Square, this cozy B&B riffs on its previous life as an 18th-century jail, with original iron bars in the lobby and cell-style lighting in every bathroom. You can plan your escape to the town's famed mansions and beaches, but the classic New England rooms, with mahogany furniture and nautical blues, make doing hard time pretty easy. Doubles from $99 (low season) and $299 (high season)

—Sarah Rose, BRIDES magazine

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