Doftana prison becomes hotel to draw in tourists

Doftana prison becomes hotel to draw in tourists


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Romanian government officials announced a local prison will be turned into a hotel. What is surprising is that this is the prison where the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was incarcerated for part of his youth for spreading communist propaganda, according to the Associated Press.
Repair work has already started, reports said. The prison, located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Bucharest in the town of Telega, is hoping to attract investors to subsidise the project. Telega officials were cited as telling the Romanian private news agency Mediafax that they hope the notoriety of the Doftana prison’s one-time inmate will draw in tourists.
“Tourists will be able to spend the night in prison cells,” Telega Mayor Alexandru Chirobocea was quoted as saying. For entertainment, a disco will be constructed near Doftana. “Foreign tourists will come to stay in the prison, just like they do in other countries,” Chirobocea was quoted as telling Mediafax. Visitors to the former prison will have to fork out about US 100 for a one-night stay.

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