Prison turned hostel attracts tourists in Slovenia

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  • A prison-turned-hostel is gaining much attention from tourists in Slovenia
  • The hostel features rooms that take the form of regular prison cells complete with steel bars in the doors and windows
  • The facility is rated by Lonely Planet as the “No. 1 hippest hotel in the world”

Would you dare to sleep in a prison cell?

A former military detention facility in Slovenia is now gaining much attention from tourists after it was turned into a hostel with an artistic twist; giving visitors a “clear conscience about their ecological footprint.”

In an article written by Bojan Kavcic for Agence France-Presse that was wired to GMA News Online on August 14, 2016, it was disclosed that technicolor building company Ljubljana facilitated the development of the property which was built by the Austro-Hungarian army in 1882.

The old jail, which remained in use until the early 1990s, is now rebranded as Hostel Celica after a group of art enthusiasts and informal settlers encouraged the government not to demolish the facility in 2003.

“The main concept of Celica is: through art and architecture heal a place so to give-in a new energy, turning something negative into its complete opposite, into something positive and open,” said Tanja Lipovec, project manager of the building.

The hostel is comprised of 20 rooms which take the form of regular prison cells; featuring steel bars on its doors and windows.

As an added form of realism, guests are also given the opportunity to feel a jail-like atmosphere by not being able to choose the cell in which they would stay, just as how it was practiced in regular detention facilities.

Hostel Celica was rated by the renowned travel website Lonely Planet as the “No. 1 hippest hotel in the world.”

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