A Nazi prison where hundreds of prisoners were shot dead is now a hotel – for those who are brave enough to stay.
Built around 1900, the Karosta Prison in Latvia was initially used as an infirmary before it was converted into a military prison.
During World War II, the Nazis sentenced Latvian deserters to death, executing most of the prisoners by gunshot.
Above the door in the solitary confinement cell is the inscription – “izeja no elles,” Latvian for “exit from hell.”
Karosta’s brutal history has led to many stories of its alleged haunting. People have reported cell doors opening by themselves and lightbulbs unscrewing out of fixtures.
Today, guards still walk Karosta’s halls. However, the prisoners are there by choice.
It operates as a boutique hotel for guests looking for a unique experience.
Visitors can take a quick guided tour of the facility, or they can choose the full Karosta experience, which includes prisoner garb, interrogation, harassment, and being locked into a cold cell for a night.
Disobedience is punished with insults, exercise, and cleaning.
The experience costs £25 for a double cell, with “breakfast in bed” served by your guard for an extra £4.
While certainly not a luxurious stay, the prison hotel has received dozens of five-star reviews on Trip Advisor.
“The Soviet prison experience precedes sleeping,” one five star reviewer wrote.
“The three hour program about the prison is intense and one should not take this lightly,” another said.
“Definitely not a comfortable experience, (dark and foreboding in the prison by night), but one I’d certainly recommend if you’re looking for something completely different.”