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The Cell Block

USA / Clifton, Texas
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Judge and jury have spoken: doing time just got a whole lot more fun at The Cell Block, where you're invited to holiday in luxurious solitary confinement at this old city jail in Texas!

The Cell Block is found in the city of Clifton, now a popular arts hub in the Lone Star State. Originally built to hold local louts and the occasional citizen who'd enjoyed rather more moonshine than their limits would allow, this concrete cubicle has undergone an ingenious renovation to become totally quirky holiday accommodation.

Sleeping two adults, you'll find references to The Cell Block's past throughout this awesome abode - like the metal bars which separate each room, or the retro record player with vinyl ranging from ‘Folsom Prison Blues' to ‘The Secret Policeman's Ball'! You'll still find bars on the windows (surely an essential part of a night in prison!) and an iron gate leading from the living area to the bedroom. The only thing missing is the jailer!

Banish all preconceptions, though, of a former city jail feeling uncomfortable or uneasy. Although the building dates back to the days of Bonnie and Clyde, local stories detail how The Cell Block in its heyday was actually a convivial, easy-going place to find yourself banged up for the night! The jailer was even known to invite an inmate or two to join him in a game of dominoes if he was short of players - and if you like the sound of that yourself, you'll find a pack of handcrafted dominoes in an old wooden cigar box at The Cell Block!

And as many of The Cell Block's former residents often found themselves inside for imbibing one too many, you're invited to raise a glass in their honour - courtesy of the complimentary wine and whisky you'll find on arrival! Think of The Cell Block as more of a Bed and Booze rather than a Bed and Breakfast, as you indulge in a bottle of its exclusive private label - The Cell Block's Tempranillo - or the flask of Single Malt Whisky from Waco's Balcones Distillery. Hic!

You'll also be pleased to know that there's nothing sparse about this particular prison block, so you'll also enjoy every moment in total luxury. Modern yet minimalist interior design creates a tranquil, stylish feel - perfect to help you unwind from life's stresses.

Relax in the living room as you listen to music with your favourite jailbird or plan escapades around Clifton and beyond. In the bedroom, the pair of you can sink into the wonderfully comfy queen size bed for a peaceful night's sleep.  Come morning, freshen up in the beautiful bathroom, with its luxurious walk-in shower and complimentary toiletries (complete with their own brand of dark humour - but we won't spoil the surprise...!).

The Cell Block even boasts its own prison yard - a fabulous rooftop terrace with seating, loungers and a gas fire pit. At night, it's the perfect spot for stargazing, while daytime brings the opportunity to marvel at the handiwork of the many local artists who have turned this part of Clifton into a visual masterpiece. Hand-painted murals adorn the walls of nearby buildings, giving rise to this area's name - Clifton Art Alley. And your prison yard offers some of the best seats in the house!

No doubt you'll want to explore more of this fantastic city, and you're in for a treat. You're spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink; there's the excellent Horny Toad Bar and Grill, seasonal dishes to savour at Sinclair, and fresh-baked cookies, cakes and other delights at Corner Drug Café (and that's just the start). Culture vultures will be in their element at the Bosque Arts Center, the Bosque Museum and the Cliftex Theater, while a variety of shops and boutiques wait for you downtown. There's also an abundance of events going on throughout the year, from the Clifton Swirl wine-tasting festival to the Norwegian Country Christmas - so be sure to check out what's on during your visit!

Alas, the time will come when your sentence nears its end and it's time to leave The Cell Block. Before you do, take your mugshot with the instant camera, pin it to the wall and leave your Convict Comments in the Cell Log. And remember, you could always do extra time if you just can't bear to leave...

Things to note

The Cell Block is not suitable for children or anyone under the age of 21. Check in is from 3pm, check out is midday. No smoking permitted. No pets are permitted to stay. Gift certificates are available for stays - enquire for details.

Tried and tested

"We are leaving jail in bright spirits. The stay was amazing. the small things add up, from the record player, to the fire pit, to the wine. Everything was perfect!"

"This jailhouse rocks! We had a great time in Clifton, loved the people, the food, and most especially our jail cell! Thanks for the ex-cell-ent experience."

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The basics

Region: Clifton, Texas
Cost (from): £170 (+ tax) per night
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 910

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Facilities

Sleeps 2, queen size bed, full bathroom, air conditioning/heating, natural gas fire pit, instant camera, vintage phonograph and record selection, rooftop prison yard.

Local activities

Galleries, museums, theatres, city walks, massage, festivals, art shows, cycling.

At a glance

  • Converted city jail block in vibrant Clifton, Texas
  • Sleeps 2 adults (queen size bed)
  • Outstanding prison-inspired interior design, without compromising on luxury
  • Rooftop terrace with fire pit and loungers
  • Complimentary private label Tempranillo and flask of Single Malt Whisky on arrival
  • Located in Clifton Art Alley, ideal for exploring the whole city
  • Dallas: 1.5 hours; Austin: 2 hours
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