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Hotel of the week: grandeur in a former monastery in Sittard | To travel

The start is good: no parking problems at this hotel, located in a former monastery complex. We drive smoothly into the part of the large ODA car park that is only accessible to guests.

We arrive at the reception via a passage inside. There we are welcomed with the typical Limburg, Burgundian cordiality. We were able to check in online in advance, so few real formalities; up to the room. Along the way, we take a peek into the 14th-century vaults, atmospheric spaces where you can sit with coffee or a pleasant glass.

Because this building has grandeur and history. The Gothic building is a former medieval Ursuline monastery. One of the aisles became a boarding school for girls in 1843. The founder was Angela Merici after whom the hotel is named.

From the room we look out on the neatly landscaped monastery garden. Within warm colors: petrol green, old pink and curry yellow. Behind the bed colorful botanical wallpaper and a wall that is fortunately plasticized, because we immediately throw a full cup of coffee against it … Oops! Nespresso by the way, which you can put in the room.

Toilet and shower are separate areas, always nice. The rain shower is large and powerful with a pleasantly scented bottle of shower gel on the wall. Plenty of thick white towels, as well as a fridge. But where is the television? Ah! Hidden behind two sliding stained glass panels, all in style.

We have a look at George’s hotel restaurant. What a beautiful, art deco setting with colorful stained glass windows. Unfortunately, due to the corona measures, we cannot dine here yet, but the kitchen team is busy with takeout. Well before arriving at the hotel we already found the menu in the mailbox with a choice of many starters and main courses, desserts and snack boards.

We take the salmon and fillet steak to our room, but – if you don’t mind an early dinner – they can also be served on the terrace until 6 pm.

In the evening we hand over the breakfast selection and pick up a complete package the next morning including piping hot scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and ditto orange juice and crispy rolls.

Then it is time to satisfy the curiosity. Because where do those walkers go who pass in front of the monastery garden? They disappear into a mysterious gate. It appears to end up on the Market of Sittard.

If we then turn right, we arrive in the atmospheric monastery quarter with cobbled streets, the basilica and the former Dominican monastery. A pleasant surprise, such a historic stroll in the morning hours, perfectly in keeping with Hotel Merici’s grandeur.

Short

Interior

Warm colors, lots of petrol blue and curry with gold-colored accents. A nice combination of design and history.

Location

In the middle of the renovated monastery quarter of Sittard, close to the Markt.

Service

Limburgish-warm, cozy, everything with that pleasant soft G.

Practical

Room rate from 99 euros. Parking costs 12.50 per night.

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