Holy hotels: Stunning former churches you can actually spend the night in
4:13 AM EST, Fri February 5, 2016
Kruisherenhotel Maastricht (Netherlands) —
Within this gorgeous renovated monastery is a chic 60-room hotel.
Etienne van Sloun
Kruisherenhotel Maastricht —
The reception area, library, restaurant and wine bar are all set inside a Gothic church.
Etienne van Sloun
All Saints' Church of Aldwincle (England) —
Churches Conservation Trust, a London-based charity, allows people to "camp" inside at-risk parish churches for a fee. For the upcoming "champing" season it will open 10 churches, including All Saints in West Stourmouth.
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Hotel L'Iglesia (Morocco) —
Hotel L'Iglesia lies within the old Spanish church of Saint Antoine of Padoue in the walled city of El Jadida, near Casablanca.
Hotel L'Iglesia —
Each of its nine suites is filled with handpicked antiques sourced from flea markets throughout Morocco. In the nave there's a large salon for reading or sipping cocktails.
The Priory Hotel (Pennsylvania) —
The Priory Hotel, a boutique property in Pittsburgh's Deutschtown Historic District, is set within a Benedictine monastery built in 1888. An ornate ballroom -- The Grand Hall -- lies in the adjoining St. Mary's Church.
Church of St. Cyriac and St. Julitta (England) —
The Church of St. Cyriac and St. Julitta is one of 10 parishes England's Churches Conservation Trust is opening up to "champers" in 2016.
Church of St. Cyriac and St. Julitta —
It's actually made up of two neighboring parishes in Swaffham Prior that were amalgamated in 1667.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio (Peru) —
Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a favorite with travelers en route to Machu Picchu. A lavish five-star property, it's set within a refurbished Baroque seminary that, like many of Cusco's historic monuments, was built by 16th century Spanish colonists atop Inca foundations.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio —
Rooms are decorated with religious art and clustered around a tranquil central courtyard.
Martin's Patershof (Belgium) —
Halfway between Antwerp and Brussels in the historic town of Mechelen, Martin's Patershof Hotel sits in a neo-Gothic style church constructed in the 18th century.
Martin's Patershof —
The best of the hotel's 79 rooms is located "on the way to heaven," just above the church alter, where guests can wake up to the morning sun encased in stained-glass windows.
Belfry Inn and Bistro (Massachusetts) —
The Abby at Belfry Inn doesn't open its double doors for Sunday services. Visitors can, however, stop by for a continental breakfast or a drink at the Belfry Bistro, a bar and restaurant in the former church hall.
Church Boutique Hotel Nha Tho (Vietnam) —
A Presbytery House built by French colonists in the late 19th century to support St Joseph's Cathedral, this historic landmark in downtown Hanoi was completely transformed into the Church Boutique Hotel Nha Tho in 2002.