You can spend the night in a 'sleep cell' at a trendy Scotland hostel that was once a jail



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 Once a prison and courthouse, The Court
 hostel in Edinburgh,
 Scotland,
 has been transformed into a unique place for travelers to stay
 while visiting the city. 
 The building served as a jail and courthouse in the
 19th
 century, but the oldest parts of the building date back to
 1693. 
 The hostel opened in the city's historic Parliament Square in
 August 2019 and retains much of the building's original
 architecture and details. 
 Travelers
 can sleep in individual cubby-like beds, or private rooms
 called sleeping cells, which are a nod to the building's
 historic past. 
 During the winter season, guests can book a shared sleeping
 pod for approximately $15 (£11.90) per night, or upgrade to a
 private sleeping "cell," which costs about $60 (£45.90) per
 night. 
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Slide 2 of 11: 
 The building included the city's former district court, as well
 as prison cells and courtroom facilities, a spokesperson for Code
 Hostels, the company that manages The Court,
 told Insider in an email.
Slide 3 of 11: 
 The Court opened for business as a hostel in August 2019.
Slide 4 of 11: 
 Guests who book a sleeping cubby can choose from a female-only
 dorm room, or a general communal room, which contain up to 20
 pods.

Slide 5 of 11: 
 During the winter season, guests can book a sleeping pod for
 approximately $15 (£11.90) per night, making the hostel an
 affordable place to stay in the city center of Edinburgh.
Slide 6 of 11: 
 The hostel has 200 pod-style beds divided among five floors, a
 spokesperson told Insider.
Slide 7 of 11: 
 The wrought-iron, gate-style doors are reminiscent of the
 building's past.
Slide 8 of 11: 
 The private sleeping cells cost about $60 (£45.90) per night
 during the winter season.
Slide 9 of 11: 
 There are 12 private sleeping cells in the hostel, and each has
 its own bathroom, unlike the dorm-style sleeping pods, where
 guests share a communal restroom.

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 The hostel hosts daily samples of craft whiskey and beer in the
 centuries-old underground space, a Code Hostels spokesperson told
 Insider.
Slide 11 of 11: 
 The Court has one sister hostel, The
 Loft, also in Edinburgh. Code Hostels is planning to open
 hostels with similar pod-style sleeping arrangements in other
 European cities, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid,
 Lisbon, and Warsaw, a spokesperson told Insider.
 Find out more on The Court's
 website.
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The Court hostel in Edinburgh, Scotland, used to serve as a courthouse, jail, and police chambers in the 19th century, with the oldest part of the building constructed in 1693.

The building included the city’s former district court, as well
as prison cells and courtroom facilities, a spokesperson for Code
Hostels, the company that manages The Court,
told Insider in an email.

The jail-turned-hostel is located in Edinburgh’s historic Parliament Square, just off the Scottish capital city’s Royal Mile.

The Court opened for business as a hostel in August 2019.

After a long day of exploring Edinburgh, guests can snuggle up in a cozy sleeping pod.

Guests who book a sleeping cubby can choose from a female-only
dorm room, or a general communal room, which contain up to 20
pods.

The pods have blue lights, plugs, a shelf, and privacy curtains — everything you might need for a good night’s rest.

During the winter season, guests can book a sleeping pod for
approximately $15 (£11.90) per night, making the hostel an
affordable place to stay in the city center of Edinburgh.

Each pod comes with its own linens and a locker, where guests can conveniently store their belongings.

The hostel has 200 pod-style beds divided among five floors, a
spokesperson told Insider.

If guests are looking for an upgrade, they can book a private bedroom, or “sleep cell,” complete with prison-like doors.

The wrought-iron, gate-style doors are reminiscent of the
building’s past.

Inside, the cells are cozy and contemporary, with light flooding in through the former jail’s original windows.

The private sleeping cells cost about $60 (£45.90) per night
during the winter season.

The simple rooms retain many of the building’s details from when it operated as a prison, including the rounded ceilings and small windows — but the cells are equipped with modern amenities.

There are 12 private sleeping cells in the hostel, and each has
its own bathroom, unlike the dorm-style sleeping pods, where
guests share a communal restroom.

Guests can meander through the tunnels of the hostel to find an underground beer-tasting room …

The hostel hosts daily samples of craft whiskey and beer in the
centuries-old underground space, a Code Hostels spokesperson told
Insider.

… and enjoy traditional Scottish breakfasts in the hostel’s spacious cafe.

The Court has one sister hostel, The
Loft, also in Edinburgh. Code Hostels is planning to open
hostels with similar pod-style sleeping arrangements in other
European cities, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid,
Lisbon, and Warsaw, a spokesperson told Insider.

Find out more on The Court’s
website.

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