The hotel was converted from a former prison that closed in about 2002. The hotel is wonderfully modern and has some fun with its former use in terms of of its room, common area and dining area appointments. For example, they have kept an old cell and an isolation cell as they were. They make for great selfies to send home: "The hotel is very secure, no security concerns. But, the rooms are a bit spartan. :) " But seriously, the hotel is thoroughly modern and very comfortable. The location of the hotel is perfect. Easy walking distance to downtown, ferry terminals, major tourist sites, shopping, dining, the "Esp" and a main tram line stops in front of the hotel. The walls of the former prison make for the creation of a wonderful courtyard for outside dining and drinking. Plenty of grassed in area for relaxing after a long day. Wonderfully quiet and relaxing area. And, with the sun setting after 10 PM in the summer it's easy to enjoy the courtyard just to relax or have a late meal. The staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We would definitely stay here again. PS: One very small thing. The rooms' walls are so thick (It is a former prison after all.) that internet connections in the rooms can be a bit weak. But, we could always connect in our room, as could our friends. If you have trouble, connect with the door open. Close the door and you will keep the connection. But staying in a former prison trumps this little quirk in terms of fun.
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