The most unusual hotel in Belgium

In the small Belgian town of Mechelen, whose population is only about 80 thousand people, there is an extremely curious attraction in the form of a unique hotel Martin’s Petershof . This hotel is unusual because it is located in the most authentic Gothic cathedral
, which was built in the late 18th century, and even earlier (in 1231) the headquarters of the religious Franciscan order was located on this site. The neo-gothic style of the architecture of Martin’s Petershof attracts much attention to those who are interested in old and gloomy buildings, possessing a mysterious and mystical atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

In the small Belgian town of Mechelen, whose population is only about 80 thousand people, there is an extremely curious attraction in the form of a unique hotel Martin’s Petershof . This hotel is unusual because it is located in the most authentic Gothic cathedral , which was built in the late 18th century, and even earlier (in 1231) the headquarters of the religious Franciscan order was located on this site. The neo-gothic style of the architecture of Martin’s Petershof attracts much attention to those who are interested in old and gloomy buildings, possessing a mysterious and mystical atmosphere of the Middle Ages.

The exterior of the Martin’s Petershof impresses with its majesty and beauty. The facade of the hotel is glazed with elegant windows, in which the evening sun reflects the setting sun. Above the main entrance of the guests meets the ancient fresco of Our Lady with a baby on his knees, as well as a stone saint, looking thoughtfully at the distant and inaccessible heavens. The interior of the hotel rooms is connected directly with where they are located – in the old part of Martin’s Petershof or in a new one, but they all have church symbols. All rooms are equipped with the latest technology, not to mention modern and stylish design – however the old part of the hotel is famous for its magnificent stained-glass windows, Gothic columns and other attributes of ancient Catholic churches.

The interior decoration of the rooms Martin’s Petershof is made in a chic chocolate-brown range, diluted with impregnations of bronze and tender pink colors. Additional atmospheric numbers are attached to the massive arches of the aisles, found in the hotel at almost every step. As for the situation, Martin’s Petershof has comfortable beds with soft high headrests, cozy folding armchairs, an abundance of heavy dark curtains, charming lamps and other necessary furniture of excellent quality. The rooms are rather gloomy – no, the owners do not save on lighting, but simply seek to preserve the Gothic atmosphere of the former cathedral and strengthen the gloomy charm of their hotel. The only thing that absolutely has not touched the Middle Ages in Martin’s Petershof are luxurious bathrooms,

Filled with bodily food in the form of a variety of international cuisine, hotel guests can at the Martin’s Petershof banquet hall, which is a former church room with a high ceiling, an altar with paintings on religious themes and lighted arches running under the ceiling vaults. You can also have a delicious meal in the city cafes, where they sell a wonderful beer “Mechelenskoye”, deified by tourists from all corners of the world. The cost of accommodation in the hotel-church will cost from 150 to 250 € per night (without breakfast and cleaning the room). It should be noted, the prices in Martin’s Petershof are not at all divine – what is one champagne for 20 €? However, many tourists consider blasphemy to drink alcohol in the former cathedral, and some even write off the periodic disappearance of Wi-Fi in high church arches to the wrath of the Lord.
As Martin’s Petershof is located near the city center, it’s easy to find entertainment for the guests of the hotel. In Mechelenyou can visit one of the UNESCO sites – St. Rumold’s Cathedral. This stunning building is famous for its bells with the purest sound, as well as an icon of the VIII century, which is one of the rarest Orthodox shrines. In addition, the city has eight churches with a unique architecture, a beautiful city hall and the Brussels Gate, erected in the 13th century. For tourists with children, Mechelen opens the doors of the Plankendale Zoo and the Technopolis Science Museum, where you can see rare animals and touch the futuristic future. Do not remain without the “sweet” and fans of shopping tours – in the city there is a whole shopping district, where original souvenirs and a huge amount of famous Belgian chocolate are sold .

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