It's not easy to identify the Martin's Patershof as a popular hotel in Mechelen, unless you know what you're looking for. The outside still looks much as it was intended, when it was built in the 19th century as a Franciscan church.
In 1999, the Franciscans put their neo-gothic monastery buildings up for sale and 10 years later, it re-opened as the Martin's Patershof Hotel. One caveat of the sale, should the Franciscans ever want the building back, the original structure must be completely intact. This makes for a unique hotel experience, as rooms contain original features such as corniced pillars and stained-glass windows.
The interior design is modern, but compliments the traditional church elements; headboards echo the arched windows, up-lights shine onto carved details.
The breakfast buffet is held in the former choir space, where the main feature is the church's original alter piece.
The hotel is minutes away from several great restaurants and a short walk from the city's main square. It's a truly unique and inspiring place to lay your head.