DS and I stayed here one night in December. The hotel is easily reached from the airport via the excellent airport bus (6 euro and free Wi-Fi) into the city centre and then either taxi or tram.
As the city’s former Prison (closed in 2002) this hotel scores full marks for atmosphere – it’s the sort of place DH and I would have loved pre-kids, but also works v well as a family hotel. It has your typical open centre hall surrounded by narrow corridors with a lot of cells on both sides of the hall. Rooms are converted cells (assuming at least two cells together), staff are dressed as either guards or prisoners and meals are served on metal plates. One isolation cell remains as it was (albeit now at the end of the restaurant) and a quick visit here put the frighteners on poor DS so hopefully this will be his one and only night in prison.
Facilities wise, the hotel is great for families. Rooms are spacious and there is a small kiddies play area off the main restaurant. This was an excellent spot for DS to burn off a little energy. You can also use the prison yard to exercise, which would be lovely in the warmer months. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and DS enjoyed completing the quiz he was handed at reception exchanging for a special prze.
We ate a fabulous evening meal at the Jailbird restaurant and one of the best hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had the next morning.
We had a fabulous night sleep, thanks I’m sure to the thick walls blocking out any sound. One negative of the thick walls was the limited Wi-Fi, but I found it only patchy in our room and fine in communal areas.
The great location meant exploring the city the next morning was easy. We stowed our bags at the central rail station and away we went.