The Pentridge Prison in Melbourne is being converted into a new hotel.
If you like a bit of mystery in your travels, you may enjoy a stay at Melbourne's up-and-coming accommodation sensation.
TFE Hotels is taking over an historic, 19th Century prison to create a new and unique hotel.
The Adina Apartments Hotel Pentridge will boast 120 rooms, as well as a restaurant, day spa, an indoor pool, a gym and a restored prison chapel. (A romantic location for weddings, we're told!)
The design of the hotel, entrusted to Cox Architects, aims to "blend contemporary architectural design with the property’s distinct and remarkable heritage."
"This site speaks to a rich history and we believe locals and visitors from overseas will be intrigued to learn about Australia’s penal past," TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said in a statement.
"Hotels provide a great way to preserve the history of heritage-listed buildings, allowing unique and memorable experiences for guests who learn and experience aspects of that rich past.”
The prison is in Coburg - only eight kilometres from Melbourne city. It is set among trendy neighbouring suburbs, Brunswick and Northcote, also home to a range of hip and happening restaurants, cafes and bars.
Pentridge Prison was originally constructed in 1851, and was finally closed in 1997.
The Adina Apartments Hotel Pentridge is expected to open in 2020.