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A former floating Dutch prison is being turned into a swanky hotel on the Thames

A former floating Dutch prison is being turned into a swanky hotel on the Thames

Getting sent to jail doesn't exactly sound like the most relaxing holiday, but that's exactly the premise behind Good Hotel. Well, sort of. Last summer, in what might be the ultimate example of #gentrification, a former Dutch prison was turned into a luxury hotel in Amsterdam. But it's not all about cold, hard cash – the hotel lives up to its name by re-investing all of its profits into education, training and helping entrepreneurs. Oh, and did we mention that the whole thing is on a floating platform AND there's a rooftop terrace?

If you're getting a serious case of city envy, then you'll be pleased to hear that the Good Hotel will soon be floating its way over to London, where it's planning to drop anchor for the next five years in Newham's Royal Docks. Good Hotel will be carrying on its mission to do good by training long-term unemployed locals in various jobs in the hospitality industry. Once they've finished training, participants will be offered a three-month contract at Good Hotel, with the hope that the scheme will help kickstart a new career. 

As well as doing good, the hotel also looks damn good – it's like the Scandinavian-inspired minimalist pad you've always wanted. As well as 148 guest rooms (including some with a view of the river), there's a rooftop terrace with a café, a 'living room' where you can eat and drink, and free iPads for all guests to use. Sounds pretty good to us.

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Robin D

It will be a very nice but challenging project when fully operational. I can tell because of my membership of "Good" Hospitality, working with our contestants in Hospitality and kitchen at this Hotel when it opened in June last year. Some of the staff did succeed to work themselves up to a higher level (when starting, they had few or none experience) and are now working at serious players in Hotel and Management departments in and around Amsterdam. I wish them all good luck and hopefully see this (prison) Hotel somewhere doing "Good" elsewhere (for now heading towards London).


Robin de Jong.