You either love or hate it – being jailed might be one of the most escapist experiences in your life – if the ‘jail’ happens to be a converted five-star hotel.

Malmaison Hotel in Oxford, United Kingdom, touts itself jokingly as ‘Better than your average prison’. Formerly a prison before it was closed for redevelopment in 1996, the luxurious hotel is part of a shopping and heritage complex located in the heart of Oxford city centre. It is within a few minutes’ walk from the most happening area in town where live performances, museums, bars and restaurants can be found aplenty.

Three jail cells complete with barred windows and iron doors are converted into one richly appointed room while the areas used for corporal or capital punishment are converted into offices. The 95-room hotel is a popular birthday and wedding venue.

We caught up with property consultant Dato’ Sri Gavin Tee who checked in at Malmaison Hotel during his 2016 Christmas break.

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