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Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center

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200 Hill Dr, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577-1301
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Dave B wrote a review Aug 2018
35 contributions7 helpful votes
When the crazy outside world gets to you step Inside a world of peacefulness . All are welcomed , here you will find a quiet place To recharge and reconnect with ones faith . Many different retreats are offered. You will come as a stranger and leave as friends. The Abby is stunning place to worship. Memories will last for ever . Accommodations are very nice , meals are tasty and plentiful. The staffers are helpful and friendly. The Monks bring you into a very prayerful experience that will remain with you forever .
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Laura Marie wrote a review Oct 2017
Hartford, Connecticut310 contributions130 helpful votes
The point of staying at the Archabbey Guest House is not to experience all the comforts of a comfy hotel. The mattresses are old and don't make for the most comfortable sleep, the blankets are thin, and the accommodations are sparse. Yet, they are sufficient and serve their purpose. The real value of staying at the Archabbey goes far beyond the quality of the linen. Come for an amazing spiritual experience! Come for some quiet time, removed from the busyness and demands of the world. Visitors can make individual or guided retreats, and the monks are available for spiritual direction/life advice (ask about this when you make your reservation). Anyone can pray in the beautiful Archabbey church, where you can join the monks in their prayers 5 times a day. The grounds are perfect for wandering, reflecting, praying, meditating, and reconnecting with oneself and God. One of the charisms of the Benedictine monks is hospitality, so if you have any special needs or requests, they will do everything possible to accommodate you. Meals can be eaten in the dining hall for a minimal price. (The food is decent, but again, the reason to go is for the peacefulness, quiet, and holiness of the place). I have loved my experiences at Saint Meinrad, and I hope to return often!
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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Jim M wrote a review May 2017
Wood Ridge, New Jersey131 contributions25 helpful votes
St. Meinrad's retreat house is, well, huge. It is clean and quiet and a good place to make a retreat. The food is adequate; it certainly won't distract you from your retreat but is filling. Overall, the quiet and clean environment makes is an excellent spot to renew your spiritual energy.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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HansPG wrote a review Jun 2016
Oak Park, Illinois223 contributions18 helpful votes
I was at St. Meinrad's for my annual retreat. This was my first time here, and as I can manage it I will be back. A retreat center is a place that allows you to leave the noise and annoyances of daily life to be able to hear the often-quiet voice of God. My retreat was just what was needed. The presentations were interesting but left time to pause, reflect, wander, and pray, with the regular praying of the Hours to provide a framework to that time. The grounds are beautiful and, apart from places such as the private portions of the monastery itself, accessible to guests. Likewise, the monks and staff are helpful and friendly. The retreat topics are varied, and it is also possible to make self-directed retreats.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Zachary M wrote a review Jul 2015
Fort Wayne, Indiana35 contributions41 helpful votes
A stay at St. Meinrad is not for everybody. Famlies who demand a TV, waterpark, and large rooms should look elsewhere. But if you're an adult looking for peace, quiet, and serenity, this is the place. The rooms in the houses near the church, usually used for retreats or conferences, are incredibly clean and quiet. After a day riding coasters at Holiday World, this is what both me and my traveling companion wanted. These rooms are similar to modern college dorms in layout, with 1 or 2 twin beds, a desk, and a private bathroom. There is no refrigerator, TV, or coffeemaker, but towels, shampoo, drinking cups, and soap are provided. Wi-Fi is available, but wasn't working during the stay - which is bad because Verizon data didn't work. AT&T did work fine, but make sure your Ma Bell phone supports LTE Band 5. I did have a meal on the premises. It was surprisingly good, and the menu changes nightly. Part of the reason we stayed here was the fact that Holiday World was ten minutes away. While this isn't a place for families, if you just need to go to bed without distractions after riding coasters, this is a good place to do it. And the price was perfect for such clean rooms.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Traveled with friends
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TX Biz Traveler wrote a review Jun 2015
Austin, Texas78 contributions61 helpful votes
Had a one night stay here in May 2015. Could not have been more relaxed. So, what this place is NOT. It is not a typical hotel, it is a retreat center where you can stay if you are in St. Meinrad for a night. This is absolutely NOT a place to stay if you are heading to Holiday World with the kiddos. There is not a pool. There are no TVs to watch. It is quiet and basic and darn near perfect. St. Meinrad is a very small farm town. There are no stores or gas stations. There is an American Legion and a bank. The point of the place is to allow a guest to focus on the quieter side of life. The retreat center is very clean. You can join the monks and seminary students for meals, which I recommend. I would recommend taking a few long strolls. I truly hope you have a clear night when you visit. The stars are amazing. If you get a chance and want to see something kind of cool go outside around 2:00AM and look up. You can watch the cargo planes lining up for landing in Louisville as they enter the pattern for their approach. The only draw back is the beds are firm and they only have twin size beds. That is a hard thing to adjust to. Go and UNPLUG!
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Traveled solo
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sharonjxn wrote a review Nov 2014
Selma, Indiana486 contributions139 helpful votes
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I went on a personal retreat to the St. Meinrad Archabbey to think about spiritual and personal issues. It was a very meaningful time for me. The guest house is clean, quiet, and comfortable. I was never bothered in any way by anyone. The room contains two single beds, a chair, desk and dresser. The bathroom contains a shower and toilet. The sink area is a good size for one or two people. There is no TV. The internet was adequate although I didn't use it much. There is no housekeeping during a stay unless needed. Down the hall is a reading room and a chapel. I appreciated the fact that no children were present. The grounds are beautiful for walking and thinking, the priests' cemetery was my favorite place to sit and reflect. Non-Catholics are welcome here, and may attend mass and other services throughout the day, although communion is reserved for Catholics. My only negative comment is that although breakfast was very good, I did not care for the quality of the dinner offerings. It was very institutional and highly salted. A visitor may choose which meals to take or leave. I was fine with two per day. Special retreats are offered throughout the year and may be seen on the website.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Linda N wrote a review Jun 2014
Drummonds, Tennessee85 contributions32 helpful votes
What a wonderful place to reflect and share time with friends. The arch abbey is beautiful, attending prayer with the monks is calming, and the whole experience was priceless. Wish I could do this once a month.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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M P wrote a review Sep 2012
Emporia, Kansas97 contributions59 helpful votes
Have visited "the Hill" for many years. Hospitality is an important Benedictine value and it finds ample expression at the Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is a fairly new building, perhaps 10 years old, and offers very comfortable rooms on a par with most nicer hotels. Food is served in a common area and is satisfying and appropriate for a monastic retreat center. The grounds of the Archabbey are beautiful, as are the buildings which (with the exceptions of the Monastery and seminarian living areas) are open to visitors. Visitors expecting a low-cost experience will be disappointed. The cost of lodging is only slightly less than conventional lodging in the area. Meals are comparably priced, too. I rated the location as "poor" because it's a monastery (which comes from the Greek word that means "alone"). Normal monastic practice is to locate monasteries in out-of-the-way places. So one person's "boondocks" is another's "peaceful retreat". Guests have use of the Seminary's fitness facilities which are currently being upgraded and relocated. There is no pool. The Guest Master is Brother Maurus Zoeller OSB and he is often available for impromptu tours. The Guesthouse offers its own rather extensive retreat programs. Outside groups (religious and secular) also use the Archabbey and Seminary's facilities for private retreats or group meetings. Non-Catholic visitors will find the Archabbey a welcoming place. Individuals and couples are also welcome to stay at the Guesthouse for a quiet getaway or as a unique alternative to other, more conventional lodging options in the area while visiting local attractions. Lodging is limited on weekends due to scheduled retreats. Rooms are generally available during the week. Additional guest lodging (for groups and individuals) can be arranged through the Office of Group Accommodations. A house is located on the property and at one time was available for use by groups, but I don't know if this is still available. Visitors are invited to participate in the monastic liturgies. Mass is offered daily as is the monastic "horarium" (Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office). The monastic daily prayer schedule includes Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer, Vespers and Compline. A Melkite-rite Divine Liturgy (Mass) is occasionally celebrated. A regular early Saturday morning Mass is celebrated at the nearby Shrine of Our Lady of Monte Cassino, which visitors are also encouraged to visit. Saint Meinrad observes Catholic Eucharistic discipline regarding reception of Communion by non-Catholic Christians. It is hard to find anything negative to say about the Archabbey Guesthouse; however, one very significant disappointment (and my sole reason for rating the Guesthouse with a less than Excellent rating) is the Archabbey's lack of lodging for families with children. Visitors with young children would be advised to find lodging in a hotel in nearby Santa Claus, Ferdinand or Dale along I-64.
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Date of stay: September 2012
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Kimmyindy wrote a review May 2012
Indiana96 contributions55 helpful votes
There is nothing doting and posh about the St. Meinrad Guest House but that is usually not why people stay there. It is an amazing stay in that most people are on a retreat or silent retreat. It is on the grounds of the Archabbey and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. The rooms are basic and geared toward quiet, i.e no tv, no radio, no cheap shampoos and conditioners. Each room has 2 twin beds that were on the hard side. There is a Chapel in the Guest House and a library with a balcony with complementary DVD's on past retreats and other inspirational/religious DVD's as well as books. You are welcomed and encourage to attend evening vespers and Mass with the Monks. Good place to meditate and commune with God. Good food also.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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Room Tip: All rooms the same, the ones near or next to the library are good.
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Which popular attractions are close to Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center?
Nearby attractions include Saint Meinrad Archabbey (0.2 miles), Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop (0.5 miles), and Huffman's Mill Bridge (4.4 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include China Garden, Louie's Tavern, and Subway.
Is Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Saint Meinrad.
Are there any historical sites close to Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Claus Museum & Village (6.4 miles).