Sunday Times - - Hotel Review -

Martin’s Pater­shof in Meche­len, Bel­gium, just out­side Brus­sels, is a for­mer house of wor­ship that’s been con­verted into a ho­tel. Its his­tory stretches back to 1231, when the Friar Mi­nors, a Fran­cis­can or­der, was es­tab­lished in the town.

They built the church and clois­ter in the late 18th cen­tury but sold it in the 1990s, at which time it was de­con­se­crated and turned into a ho­tel.

All the rooms have been won­der­fully in­cor­po­rated into the orig­i­nal struc­ture, so now guests come and go amid arched ceil­ings, im­pos­ing pil­lars, and stained-glass win­dows in their rooms. Dou­bles from à144. ● See mar­tin­sho­

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