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Liepāja accomodation: bunking in prison? 沒事住什麼監獄..

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OK, I think I have read about this Karosta Prison hotel a couple of times on the Backpacker Forum in Taiwan, but… honestly is there any good reasons other than really wanting to stay in a prison cell for a night?  And even deprived of shower facilities (according to a Taiwanese), while the location is far from prime?

According to 大食OL on the aforementioned forum (背包客棧),

用家心得: 如果閣下曾經住過斯洛文尼亞Ljubljana的Hostel Celica或瑞典斯德哥爾摩的Langholmens監獄旅館的話, 請將住在這兩地的「愉快」記憶抹去 – Karosta Prison Hostel純粹是給一些想有「另類體驗」及追求「刺激」(其實我不覺得)的旅客居住的地方, 在閣下決定入住之前, 絕對要有以下心理準備: –
(1) Hostel check-in的時間為傍晚9時, 因為Liepaja一帶其實並沒有太多景點可打發時間, 在等候入住之前的時間可能有點兒無聊;
(2) 這裡是給人體驗「入冊」滋味的地方, 監倉裡的真實居住環境理所當然地頗惡劣, 最明顯是洗手間, 雖然面積寬敞, 但是它並沒有沖涼設備的 (幸好我早有心理準備), 而且惡臭薰天在所難免之餘, 其廁塔的位置是非常不合理的! 女生們要特別留意!
(3) 你可以選擇睡在鐵床, 或是木板打地舖, 有鐵床的房間較舒適一點, 其實房間除了有一股發霉味道以及有蚊蚊之外, 基本上環境(對我來說)還可以接受, 不過不論你是住在那一間房, 房間都是不能從裡面上鎖的
(4) 若然閣下好似我般於淡季前往, 好大機會會一個人「包起」整間監獄, 怕靜的人要留意, 因為這個監獄曾經於蘇共佔領年代, 處決了不少囚犯…呵呵呵…
(5) 宿費並不包括遊覽監獄導賞團費用的, 如果想參觀監獄本身的話, 必須於下午5點前前往並跟隨導賞員參觀; 想過夜的話, 必須要事先另外預約, 可於抵達Liepaja時向當地的tourist information查詢預約 (這是我的做法), 我看到Hostelbookers也可以做booking, 不過hostel本身網址也有電郵聯絡方法

Oh, I forgot to mention its biggest attractions (to me, aside from the can’t-be-locked-from-inside cell doors): one can sleep on a steel bed or prison bunk, and one can have a prison meal as well!

And according to another blogger,

Karosta Prison除了保存監獄的風貌之外,它整套都玩真的,是現下最流行的體驗式民宿。從入住開始你就會被嚴密的監控、扒掉隨身行李,只能留下一隻牙刷(這不是監獄風雲裡的兇器嗎XD)
入獄之後就是接受一連串KGB式的監獄管理,如果你覺得花7塊歐元作全套會太激烈,也可以參加兩小時的體驗行程去吃個牢飯就好,主餐是硬掉的麵包XD。

Hmm.. I’m not sure how thoroughly they’ll execute the body checks… But in any case, after reading the blog article, I think I much prefer staying in other prison-turned hotels in the world.

OK, let me gravely (yeah right) discard this (allegedly smelly) choice…

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