An Airbnb host in Dorchester, New Brunswick with a taste for horror has listed six jail cells in a former provincial death row facility, complete with a mannequin on a gurney and graffiti from the actual inmates on the walls of the cells.
Owner Bill Steele has outfitted a handful of cells — ahem, rooms — with all the amenities anyone looking to live like an inmate on death row could ever want, including on-site parking, a gym and wireless internet.
The basic rooms start at $34, with an additional $5 charge for every extra person. According to the listing, the small cells are three metres by two metres with “a comfortable bed, sheets, pillow, and coverings,” and have an available “privacy curtain,” which you may want as they are open to the hall. It is a jail, after all. The Warden’s Room is available as an upgrade if you want some privacy — just ask at check in.
The Dorchester jail was built in 1800 and served as a death-row facility, with executions taking place on the property for decades. Another gruesome historical tidbit worth noting before you commit to sleeping here: it’s also the site of the last double-execution in the province of New Brunswick. In 1936, two brothers were hung and buried on the property for the murders of three members of a Moncton family.
Steele said that he got a “steal” of a deal on the property at $159,000 last spring. He currently has six of the 16 cells for rent on Airbnb, but is working to get the other ten cells up to prison par.
The listing has one review so far, which paints a pretty delightful picture, despite the property’s sinister past. “The jail is spectacular and the owner Bill is an amazing host that creates an authentic experience like no other,” wrote an Airbnb user.
So, if you’re on the hunt for something more authentic than a cookie-cutter hotel, these retrofitted jail accommodations just might be it.