The prison-like hotel with bars on the windows and no hot water or food – but guests love it

HOLIDAYMAKERS looking for a delightful trip to South America are in hysterics after mistaking a cheap hotel for a “prison”.

Although the hotel is highly rated, it resembles more of a prison, lacking amenities and bars on all windows and doors.

Tourists amazed at a highly rated hotel that looks like a prison


Tourists amazed at a highly rated hotel that looks like a prisonPhoto credit:
The hotel has bars on all windows and doors


The hotel has bars on all windows and doorsPhoto credit:
It's an affordable stay, but don't expect a lot of luxury


It’s an affordable stay, but don’t expect a lot of luxuryPhoto credit:

Brits hoping for a trip Brazil I discovered the hotel for a break in the sunshine

Inside, the bedrooms also resemble a room at His Majesty’s disposal.

Guests have one TVbut the luxury stays there.

Although the basic rooms at Hotel Mecejana have private showers, there is no hot water.

And if starting the day with a cold shower isn’t bad enough, the price of £24 a night doesn’t include breakfast.

Commenting on the hotel’s Facebook ad, one amused travel fan said, “Looks like a prison! Don’t forget your toothbrush!”

Another added: “I’ve always wanted to stay somewhere that looks like a Nicaraguan prison. Where do I sign?”

A third teased: “Flexible policy, 5-10 years.”

And a fourth claimed: “You can only leave your room for one hour of exercise a day.”

Someone else even joked, “The lights go out at 10pm… and it closes at 6:30am…”

Located in Boa Vista, Brazil, it has simple rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning and TV.

WLAN is available and bed linen is included in the savings price.

But the hotel’s fine print confirms: “Please note that no hot shower is available. Meals are not available.”

Despite its appearance, Hotel Mecejana has received a 7.5 out of 10 from previous visitors.

One said in a review, “It was only a short stay but the man at the front desk was very friendly and took great care of my check out time.”

“He tried to help me with my bags and even offered me coffee before I left. Good place for value for money.”

Another gave it a 9/10, adding, “Great room, good value, clean, spacious. Well worth it!!”

However, one disgruntled guest warns: “The hotel does not have an electric shower. Very cold water.”

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A British tourist was also shocked after booking a “prison-like” room while on holiday in Benidorm.

Or you can stay in real former prisons in Great Britain, such as the Bodmin Jail Hotel in Cornwall or the Malmaison Hotel in Oxford.

There is also no hot water for showers


There is also no hot water for showersPhoto credit:

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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