Our first trip to Mechelen in Belgium saw us falling in love with this city which has some great things for families to do and some beautiful streets and little squares for wandering through. Mechelen is such a sweet little city and it seemed only fitting that we stay somewhere a little quirky and different with a really special history during our time here.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium – Hotel and Location:
Martin’s Patershof sits on the edge of Mechelen’s Old Town and is in a perfect location – close enough to easily stroll to the local restaurants and city attractions but also far enough away to be slightly outside of the main hustle and bustle making it very quiet and calm. The hotel is set down one of the side streets and is a large converted church with a history going back nearly 600 years.
There’s certainly something very special about the building, it oozes history with many of the rooms having architectural details from the original church including stained glass windows and large pillars. I love walking through the doors with the steps worn down by thousands of feet stepping on to them through the centuries, you just can’t beat feeling that history first-hand.
With the huge task of opening a hotel in a church the Martin group haven’t scrimped on style and this is a thoroughly modern and very comfortable hotel.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium– Sleeps:
Because of the nature of the building the rooms are all very different and unique from each other. We stayed in two interconnecting rooms on the third floor which had arched windows and decorative columns across the wall. Each room had two twin beds –
And a large space to sit and relax in with a coffee machine, desk and television.
There was a separate loo and then a bathroom which was modern with clean lines –
We really liked this space, especially having the interconnecting rooms which meant that as a family we could really relax. A separate bed was placed in the children’s room for our third child and although we didn’t spend long in the rooms (too much to see and do in Mechelen!) it was a great space to hang out in.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium– Food:
There isn’t a restaurant at Martin’s Patershof but breakfast is a great experience. Set in front of where the altar would have been in the heart of the church guests are greeted with a glass of cava and even some ‘children’s champagne’ or sparkling grape juice for the children!
There’s a great spread of food from a really large selection of pastries (the cherry ones were particularly delicious), a number of different fruit juices, somewhere to squeeze fresh orange juice, cereals, cheeses and even somewhere to make up fresh hot waffles (this is Belgium after all!)
There were some hot items but we stuck mainly to the waffles and pastries which we really enjoyed.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium– The Best Bits:
Martin’s Patershof is a really unique place to stay and we loved the feeling of walking back inside this huge building after we’d been out and immediately feeling welcomed and cosy. I think the location is fantastic too, it’s around a 15 minute walk to the train station and less than 10 minutes walk in to the centre of Mechelen old town and much closer to some of the riverside restaurants.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium – Worth Bearing in Mind:
The rooms here will all differ so if you have your heart set on something in particular, like a stained glass window for example, then check before you visit.
Quirky stay in Belgium: Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen, Belgium – Child Friendly?
Yes, the Martin’s Patershof is great for families from interconnecting rooms to the glasses of ‘children’s champagne’ at breakfast kids are made to feel welcome. The space really worked for us and we were able to walk out to all the places we wanted to visit, or easily wander over to the bus station if we were heading out of town.
The children loved the fact we were staying in a huge church and always ran through the big doors to grab a couple of sherbet flying saucers from the front desk each time we came back.
We really enjoyed our stay at Martin’s Patershof and wouldn’t hesitate to return.
Have a look at our video below of our time in Mechelen:
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We were guests of Martin’s Patershof but as always all opinions are our own.