Former San Francisco prison Alcatraz recreated as London hotel

16:42 13 March 2012

Valentina Kristensen poses in a cell at Hotel Alcatraz

Valentina Kristensen poses in a cell at Hotel Alcatraz

The famous American prison Alcatraz has been recreated as a hotel in London.

Hotel Alcatraz, in Field Street, King’s Cross, has been created to mark the launch of JJ Abrams’ new drama series of the same name on UKTV’s channel Watch.

The four-room residence has been modelled on the infamous prison on a rock just outside San Francisco and has been designed with materials from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in the Californian city.

The 5x9-foot cells contain a sleeping cot with mattress, sink, prison-style toilet and two shelves, while the hotel is staffed by “prison wardens” who have been trained specifically for their roles.

Guests check in at 6.30pm and are given prison-issue uniforms, metal food trays and drinking cups and their mugshots are also taken.

They are fed and watered in their cells and are also given a number of tasks, including physical exercise, model-making and tailoring, helping them understand the lives of inmates caged on The Rock during the 1950s and 1960s.

Steve Hornsey, general manager of Watch, said: “It offers people a unique opportunity to experience America’s most infamous prison and we can’t wait to see and hear the guest’s reactions.”

Hotel Alcatraz is open until Saturday. Members of the public can book an escape to Alcatraz through

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