Spending the night in jail is nobody’s idea of a good time—unless it’s at The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas, a tiny hotel converted from a two-cell jail that operated through the 1970s. What once was a holding cell for drunks is now an oddball accommodation for two adults in Clifton’s Art Alley, midway between Dallas and Austin.
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"Kaye, the owner, is very innovative," says operations manager Kristen McKinney. "She bought this place and tinkered with a few ideas, but ultimately decided to restore the property."
The 300-square-foot, one-bed, one-bath hotel is decorated with minimalist furnishings in gray, black, and white. There’s even a Polaroid camera so that guests can capture their experiences (though the stay itself is definitely Instagram-worthy).
And although those there’s no WI-FI or television, guests can sip on some complimentary whiskey and red wine, listen to Johnny Cash tunes on the vintage record player, head to the rooftop to sit by the fire pit, or play a game or two of dominos in tribute to the past: "The jailers used to play dominos with the jailees," says McKinney.
The Cell Block is available to book for $225 a night during the week, and $260 a night on the weekends.
Builder/General Contractor: Kaye Calloway
Interior Designer: Melanie Johnson