Hallelujah! Counting Our Blessings After a Night in Belgium's 'Church Hotel'
While he can't say that he's overly religious, a recent stay at Martin's Patershof, a church that was converted into a hotel in Belgium, has Wake thanking the lord.
To a resume that includes frozen and floating hotels, you can now add a night at a "church hotel." Hallelujah!
This 2008 conversion project came with a series of fantastic stipulations, mostly surrounding the fact that they could not alter any of the original church structure when building the hotel. This means that the alter, stained glass, and curved architecture could not be removed or compromised. In fact, the hotel had to be built using a removable steel frame with absolutely no changes to the exterior shell whatsoever.
The result is a hotel with tremendous personality and beauty. None of the 59 rooms are the same, their shape and windows dependent upon where it is located within the church walls. We loved walking in and seeing the way the stained-glass window lit up our room. The ceiling swooped with the arch of the roof, showing off a dome-like ceiling and epic columns. The dining room was probably our next favorite aspect as it incorporated the old alter as the mother of all centerpieces. As you can see from the photos, the strict regulations resulted in a masterpiece.
The Patershof is easily one of the most impressive properties we've seen this year (thus far!), and it's well worth the short trip from Antwerp to spend a night in Mechelen. It's rumored that the removable steel structure was required to ensure the parish could move back into the church one day. Far from us to root against the man upstairs, but here's hoping they find a new Sunday meeting spot.
Rates for the Patershof start at $200/night with breakfast.
[Photo: Martin's Hotels]