Policies and Information

Thank you for staying in jail at The Cell Block. Below are hotel policies and information; please read them carefully and abide by the rules. 

Payment Policy

Our rate is based on single or double occupancy per night and is subject to change without notice. A major credit card is required to pay for your stay. No checks are accepted. Price listed is our quoted nightly cost and does not included sales tax. Please add 13% for local and state tax. Upon confirmation of your reservation, we will charge a deposit equal to one night's stay to the credit card provided. Your reservation is not confirmed until your card has been charged. 

By confirming the reservation, you authorize The Cell Block to charge your credit card for all costs incurred during your stay, including any items damaged or removed from your room. 

Continuing the original Clifton jail tradition, only 1 to 2 adults (ages 21+) may spend the night in jail.

Check In

Check in time starts at 3:00 pm. Upon your arrival to jail, the door key will be located in the black lock box, found on the stairwell to the rooftop. The jailer (254-227-5656) will email you the code the morning of your first night. Enter The Cell Block prison door from the alley.

Check Out

Check out is 12:00 pm (High Noon). Lock the jail door and drop the keys back into the black lockbox on the stairwell. Departures after noon are subject to a fee of 50% of the night's rate.

Cancellation Policy

We hope you never have to cancel any reservation you make with us, but you never know what may happen. Cancellations made more than 14 days in advance will be refunded completely. Deposits are non-refundable if cancellations are made less than 14 days in advance. Cancellations also include runaways and no shows. 

Lock and Key Policy

The Cell Block faces a public town alley, and we strongly recommend The Cell Block door is locked at all times. We are not responsible for any accidents or injury, damages to personal property or vehicles, or for the loss of money or valuables of any kind. Please let us know ASAP if you forget to drop off your key during check out. You may either physically return the key to the lock box or mail it to us immediately at this address: The Cell Block, PO Box 206, Clifton, TX 76634. A $75 re-keying fee will be charged for lost keys. 

Parking Lot

The Cell Block is located mid-way down Clifton Art Alley. As our prisoner, you may park 1 vehicle in the small private parking lot adjacent to The Cell Block, but it is mandatory to leave room and access for 2 more cars (tenants of Alley Loft building).  All other vehicles may park for free on the 2 city streets (3rd & 5th Street). Please be advised the alley road is a bumpy gravel road. Any vehicles parked blocking the alley and/or the parking lot's tenants' access may be towed at owner's expense.


Our jail is not a "Bed & Breakfast" but a "Bed & Booze"!

Enjoy a complimentary bottle of The Cell Block's own Tempranillo wine. To purchase additional wine bottles, visit Mitchell's Grille or The Red Caboose Winery, both in Clifton. 

Enjoy a complimentary small glass flask of Balcones Texas Single Malt whisky. Leave the flask full or empty; we will clean and reuse. To purchase additional whisky, visit Balcones Distilling in Waco.

Lastly, enjoy using The Cell Block's complimentary coasters and leave jail with 2!.

Air Conditioning and Heating

Please note the original construction of the jail consists of solid concrete walls, floor and ceiling. We provide a AC/Heat wall unit. Use the remote control; press (+) to cool and (-) to warm the jail's temperature. Please return the jail to its initial setting when you leave. We also provide a portable fan and radiator you may use and/or move into a cell. 

The Cell Block retains its inside temperatures quite well. However, understand that central Texas has hot summer months and some cold winter nights. We will not be able to refund nights based on temperature adjustments inside or outside. 

Smoking Policy

Smoking is strictly prohibited inside The Cell Block. If evidence of smoking inside is found, you will be billed cleaning charges of $300. However, smoking is freely allowed outside and on the rooftop Prison Yard, where the jail's ashtray is located.

Rooftop Prison Yard

The Cell Block has a rooftop Prison Yard for your private enjoyment (the light switch is inside, next to the door). Follow the walkway around to the stairs behind the jail door. The key chain includes the padlock on the stair gate key. You can sunbathe, read, smoke, light the fire pit, watch the artists paint murals, stargaze, or almost any other legal activity.

Gas Fire Pit

The Prison Yard includes a rocky gas fire pit as well. Take the gas key and the box of matches, turn the gas on, then light the gas ring in the lava rocks. When finished with your fire, turn the gas off and return the key to the inside wall shelf.

Pet Policy

Although we love pets, no pets are allowed on prison property (a fine of $250 will be charged to your credit card if your pet is discovered). 

Children & Under Age Policy

The Cell Block is not appropriate for children or teenagers. No one under the age of 21 is allowed in the jail. 

Record Player

A turntable will play our original vinyl records, only for and about convicts. Place the needle onto the record gently, careful to not scratch the records. Feel free to take it to the rooftop Prison Yard, but bring it back inside the jail .

Instant Camera

An instant camera (remember the days of Polaroid pictures?) in on the table. Watch your new memories develop. In lieu of a guestbook, pin your pic or mug shot to the wall board, signed with your real or alleged name & date and/or write in our Cell Log for Convict Comments. 

No professional photography and/or video is allowed in or around The Cell Block without prior consent. 


Bracelets for the incorrigible. A pair of authentic police issue handcuffs awaits your use while in The Cell Block. Don’t lose the key! 


The Cell Block provides a map of Clifton’s attractions. We try to keep the map as current as possible, but surprisingly, things change quickly in a small town. Keep it so you can remember where you escaped from in our small town. Visit the Clifton Chamber of Commerce on Main Street to find up-to-date listings of Bosque County To-Dos. 


Convicts need a little contraband, so The Cell Block sells t-shirts and additional notebooks, pens, coasters, matches, and soap online. If you need more of anything during your stay, text the jailer. 254-227-5656

Gift Certificates

Want to send someone else to jail? Gift certificates are available online or from the jailer.

Legal Notices

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. We are not responsible for any accidents or injury, damages to personal property or vehicles, or for the loss of money or valuables of any kind. Guests are responsible for damages to The Cell Block and/or its property.