If you are like me and and love to stay in unique places you have to put this one on your list.
This 1930’s abandoned 1 cell jail in the town of Clifton, Texas has been converted into a boutique hotel for 2. If you are willing to turn yourself in for voluntary solitary confinement be sure to check them out.
The Cell Block (Stay at the Cell Block) is located 1.5 hours away from Dallas and 2 hours away from Austin. So if you’re looking to do a quick weekend getaway with twist, look no further. The Cell Block was easy to book online and instructions on how to access the building were sent right away via email.
When I arrived at the location, I opened the black box located at the back of the building to retrieve the key from the lockbox. I was greeted with a sitting area as soon as I walked through the door, along with a mini fridge and record player. I couldn’t help myself and I put some Johnny Cash on right away. To the right of the entry way is the bathroom and right next to it was the bedroom in what would have been the holding cell. The bed is amazingly comfortable and it felt great to lie down after being outside in the Texas heat all day. The jail has the original bars and doors for the cell and the windows which helps to remind you that you are in what used to be an actual jail. There were two complimentary alcoholic libations waiting on me. The Cell Block partnered with a local winery called Red Caboose Winery and they produced a label specifically for The Cell Block called The Cell Block’s Tempranillo. There was also whisky from Waco’s internationally acclaimed Balcone’s Distillery.
Outside on the rooftop or “the prison yard” there is a lounge area with a firepit and outdoor lighting for when the sun goes down.
The town of Clifton, Texas is starting to grow and is known for having an up and coming painted murals art scene.
I’m always down for staying somewhere off the beaten path and for some that may be a scary thought but for me it’s just another day on my bucket list journey!
To book: https://www.stayatthecellblock.com/