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October 24, 2021
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Skip the hotel, sleep in a convent

Europe’s convents and monasteries have long been a budget travel secret, but a lot of tourists have been reluctant to deal with places that, unlike hotels or inns, couldn’t provide much information and didn’t have booking systems.

But, in the last five years, all that has changed. Many religious houses now have websites, online reservations and even take credit cards. Best of all, they offer comfortable accommodations at a fraction of the price. But remember: while most welcome visitors of all faiths, some allow only males or females, and some might enforce curfews or prayer-service attendance, so ask questions before you book.

  • The Association of Superiors of German Orders’ website ( lists 311 cloisters in Germany.
  • Monastery Stays ( is a reservation service with more than 300 property listings in Italy.
  • Travel agency Guia Monasterios ( offers bookings at 210 religious houses in Spain.
  • The Bridgettine Sisters ( operate guesthouses in 18 countries, including Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
  • The American Catholic Church’s Santa Susanna website ( provides a list of lodgings in Assisi, Florence, Rome and Venice.

    This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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