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Oct 25, 12 | 12:01 am
A former morgue, complete with autopsy tables and mortuary fridges, is being turned into an off-beat hotel by an Australian businessman.
In a creepy twist, cold slabs once used for autopsies could become beds as part of plans to redevelop Willow Court in Tasmania.
The 1950s morgue, on a site which also housed a convict hospital from 1830, served psychiatric patients as well as the wider community before it was closed down 12 years ago.
Its other features include two pull-out fridges and a stainless steel bathtub once used for washing cadavers.
Hadyn Pearce, the owner, is gradually restoring the buildings in the Willow Court precinct, which have been subject to vandalism while in disuse.
He told Australia's ABC News that he hoped the hotel would "attract the unusual" and described the dissection table as "our main suite".
"We'll be looking at putting a double bed in one of the rooms and then we have three slabs and two pull-out fridges which could be used," he said.
Asked whether he thought travellers would actually want to sleep in the new accommodation, he replied: "We're going to find out."
Mr Pearce, an antiques dealer, has already opened a motel at a former asylum on the site.
It is hoped that the morgue hotel will open early next year.
Other unusual buildings that have been converted and opened as hotels include a nuclear bunker in Switzerland, a prison in Australia and arailway carriage in West Sussex.
Source: The Telegraph
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