I had three business trips to Mechelen and stayed at the NH Mechelen first time but after a suggestion from the customer I tried to see if Martin's Patershof was available for my next business trip. After staying there I booked it for this business trip again and my experience with this hotel is that they are probably a notch above the rest of the nearby hotels. This historic building is an old church that they converted to a hotel. There are two primary "portions" of the hotel, the church side and the monastery side. From what I understand not all rooms have large windows, or any windows at all for that matter, however the klooster (monastery) rooms do have windows. The room decor is very nice although I would prefer to have a drawer for clothes I find sufficient space for my luggage.
In terms of amenities they do serve breakfast in the mornings but there is no on-site restaurant in the evening (Not a problem since the hotel is in the walking distance of Korenmarkt, GroteMarkt and Vismarkt for both drinking and eating establishments)
The hotel does offer an ironing board although there isn't one in your room they will gladly bring it up to your room. There's also a small mini-fridge which is stocked with various canned beverages & water. The fridge has sufficient space for drinks you purchase yourself. There's also a coffee maker in each room. The beds are very comfortable and the bathrooms have a full sized bathtub (compared to the US version that you can't really take a bath in)
The hotel offers a parking garage in the adjacent building for 20 Euro a night, bicycle parking is free you just need to ask for the gate code.
The hotel location is excellent as it's located within walking distance near the Vismarkt which has abundant nightlife and is a nice place to socialize. The hotel is also close to Match supermarket if you prefer to buy some snacks and water yourself for reasonable prices.
The front end staff is very friendly and will help you with restaurant suggestions and other questions you may have.
A few minor gripes I've experienced....
One of the rooms located in the Monastery is next to a stairway which is made out of hollow wood and at night it sounds as if someone is beating a drum next to your room.
My other gripe that housekeeping doesn't do the same thing every day. Sometimes they take the towels you plan to use again and they replace them, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they turn off the heater in the bathroom, sometimes they don't. I believe this really depends on the person cleaning your room.
The other one is less of a gripe but more of an observation is that their bar prices are very overpriced compared to everywhere else so I usually walk over to the Vismarkt to have a drink when I want.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering free Wi-Fi, Martin's Patershof hotel in the heart of historical Mechelen offers unique accommodation in a former church. Brussels and Antwerp are 30 minutes by train from Mechelen Station, 1 km away.Combining original features with modern design, the stylish rooms provide a minibar and private bathroom.Every morning, Martins Patershof offers a healthy buffet breakfast with a glass of cava in the impressive choir of the old church building. Martin's Bar offers a wide range of Belgian beers, cocktails and whiskeys and free tapas at the end of the afternoon.Thanks to the 24-hour desk, you can explore the city and its wider area in your own time and come and go as you please. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Martin`s Patershof Hotel Mechelen