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Checked in and locked up at Hotel Alcatraz

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 01:21

March 14 - Hotel Alcatraz in London gives guests the experience of what life was like in the notorious prison. Tara Cleary reports.

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For the guest who's a sucker for punishment - a mugshot, a prison uniform and some charming prison guard personalities. It's Hotel Alcatraz ... but it's in London. Four five by nine foot cells are identical to those at the real-life Alcatraz. And materials were brought in from the original prison in the U.S. - which stopped operating in 1963. Guests must check in at 6.30pm sharp, but they can forget about enjoying five-star cuisine. Guard Jem Frazer says inmates can knit or use building blocks while in solitary confinement. SOUNDBITE: Jem Frazer, Hotel Alcatraz guard, saying (English): "His clothes will be taken from him and he's got Alcatraz Operation uniform which is here for the rest of his 25-year stay, or maybe it's just for one night, depending on how he is." Fortunately for this guest, his confinement will be brief. Hotel Alcatraz is a pop-up operation coinciding with the launch of the television drama series "Alcatraz" - and it will shut down for good on March 17th. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

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Checked in and locked up at Hotel Alcatraz

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 01:21