Berlin prison used for resistance fighters in World War II becomes luxe hotel

There are plenty of unusual hotels in the world from one without any walls to an Airbnb surrounded by a million bees.

And, one of the latest bizarre stays to emerge is in Berlin, Germany, where a prison has been transformed into a luxury hotel.

Hotel Wilmina in Charlottenburg has roomy guest suites which were once prison cells, reports DailyMail.

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One of the original cells, however, has been kept in its original condition to remember the hotel’s previous occupants.

Architects Adolf Bruckner and Eduard Furstenau designed the buildings in 1896 and part of it was used in World War II to house resistance fighters.

The women’s prison was closed in 1985, but has opened this year to new guests after lying “inaccessible and forgotten”.

Parts of the prison have been preserved while new materials were used to convert it into a stunning hotel.

Cell doors and railings remain while the rest is chicly covered in white paint, brickwork and floating warm lights.

To enter, you must cross the courtyard before entering the high ceilinged lobby.

There’s a five level atrium in the centre of the building where skylights flood the space with light and balustrades demonstrate the prison origins.

As the cells were so small dividers between cells have been opened to create inter-connected rooms.

They now range from 118 square foot alcoves to the massive 807 square foot Garden Loft which is in the old assembly room.

So guests can choose how much room they need from “cosy” and “classic” to “extended”, “Garden view”, “penthouse compact” and “penthouse suite”.

Bars still adorn the windows – some of which have been made larger to allow for views – but the rooms are decorated in a sleek minimalist style.

On the fifth floor the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and “elegant” curtains made of fine chains.

On the roof is a terrace while elsewhere is a library, spa, gym and bar.

The Lovis Restaurant is surrounded by trees and courtyards and serves “traditional dishes” which have been reinterpreted by Chef Sophia Rudolf.

A hotel statement said: “The Berlin architects Gruntuch Ernst have devoted a lot of energy to this place. In a sensitive dialogue with the history they succeeded in radically transforming it from a prison into a place of longing with a hotel and restaurant.

“The process involved reversing the spatial configuration and its meaning so that an anti-social space can become an inviting place – a gem for a deliberately chosen retreat.”

Rooms in August cost from €126 while in September they start from €150.

In the heart of Berlin, the hotel provides easy access to attractions such as the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag building, Museum Island and the Brandenburg Gate.

And, it's not the only prison hotel in the world.

The Malmaison in Oxford was once the ‘A’ Wing for the County Gaol in Oxford Castle.

While the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Turkey was a jail until 1918.


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