When I tell someone I stayed at a monastery, they give me a strange look. Am I overly religious OR becoming a Nun. It does make me smile. I know they are missing out by being narrow minded.
A few years ago, I was in Florence for an extended period. Given that, I searched hotels, hostels, etc. for a more economical way to stay there. Up popped this website — www.MonasteryStays.com. You can see from the Home page, it looked interesting. I was intrigued.
To date, I have stayed at three monasteries in Florence, one in Assisi, one in Cortona and one in Rome.
The monastery in Cortona felt like a boutique hotel. You would not know it was a monastery. FABULOUS!! In fact, I did not see any Nuns around. Don’t quote me, but I think they had TVs in the room.
Here’s what you should know. While each monastery is different, they do have similarities:
- Breakfast served at a certain time. Sit where your name is placed on the table.
- Breakfast – bread, butter/jam, yogurt, lunch meat, cereal, fruit, coffee/tea. Unique to each stay.
- When you leave monastery, leave your key at reception.
- Curfew, need to be in by 11 or 12 pm, depends on the monastery.
- TVs, some monasteries have them, some don’t.
- Wifi — yes, most of them.
- Summer – check if they have air conditioning.
- Note: Sometimes the Nuns only speak Italian or at reception they have an English speaking person.
WHO CAN STAY? Anyone – single, married, parents with kids, workers who are on assignment stay there. Now, honeymooners??? LOL – if you are loud at sex/love making, you certainly would have ALL of us entertained and in shock. In fact, I imagine the cross hanging in my room would start shaking. The monasteries do tend to be quiet.
HOW ARE THE ROOMS? I must say, quite spacious and nice. Great bathrooms.
This was my place in Rome. Nice, very clean and a balcony. LOVE the white pressed sheets! Resembled some normal hotels I stayed in Munich.
Trying to think if I missed anything. If you browse the Monastery Stays website, you’ll see ALL the rooms, read through what they offer. Good rates too.
Any questions… leave a comment, happy to answer.
REALLY love the monastery stays. Wish they had this type of website for Germany.