With a view of the harbours, the Hoofdtoren, the “Houten Hoofd” and the IJsselmeer, the Hofman family with their hotel on the Oostereiland perhaps has the nicest and most beautiful view in Hoorn. The prison hotel, as the Hotel Oostereiland in Hoorn is called, is special. The reason is because it used to be a real prison. So you can spend the night in a real prison cell or in a luxurious hotel room, some of which have an unobstructed view of the IJsselmeer and passing ships.

 

Prison Hotel Oostereiland is a unique hotel with special rooms and an exceptional ambiance.

The unique location is because part of the historic prison has been preserved and functions as a hotel. The former prison naturally plays a major role in the ‘experience’ that we can offer you. The “cell rooms” still have the original prison doors and you have a clear view of the thick walls and small windows of the past without it feeling oppressive.

Cell rooms

In the prison cells of the prison hotel, despite the somewhat limited space, you are provided with the normal comfort you would expect from a hotel room.

The cells have a “wet” cell with a shower, sink and toilet. The space for this has been cleverly found by converting the cells to 1½ cells instead of 1 on 1. In other words, 2 modern cell rooms have been created from 3 old prison cells.

Luxurious rooms

The hotel's more luxurious rooms (attic rooms) have all the luxury you would expect in a hotel room and some of them have a unique view of the Ijsselmeer (Room numbers 301 to 310).

If desired, you can also use two double rooms or family rooms that are connected by a connecting door.

Location, cinema, museum

The unique location of the prison hotel naturally plays a major role in the “experience” that we can offer you.

The old prison air yard has now been converted into a courtyard and has been given the stamp “Culture Square”. All kinds of activities take place here in the summer.

Furthermore, on Oostereiland in the same complex you will also find Cinema Oostereiland with 3 halls, the foyer and the Museum of the Twentieth Century.

Paid Parking 10 Euro per day

Paid Parking 10 Euro per day

Elevator present

Elevator present

Free WiFi

Free WiFi

Family friendly

Family friendly

Great breakfast

Great breakfast

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Comfortable beds

Comfortable beds

Non Smoking hotel

Non Smoking hotel

Hotel bar

Hotel bar

From 1692 onwards, the Admiralty of Westfriesland and the Noorderkwartier was located here, with its own shipyard and harbour, the Grashaven. In 1814, the complex was repurposed as a military prison and then became a ‘reformation institution’ for beggars, vagrants, alcoholics, pimps, etc.

The buildings were then used as a prison, after the Second World War for 500 collaborators and short-term political prisoners. The prison was also called ‘De Krententuin’. The term comes from Bargoens (the language of thieves).

The complex, which has been renovated and expanded many times over the centuries, served as a prison until 2002. In 2010-2011 it was restored on behalf of the municipality of Hoorn and converted into a Museum of the Twentieth Century, Cinema Oostereiland, Prison Hotel Oostereiland and further offices and apartments have also been realized in the complex.