These Boutique Hotels Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More

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If you’ve visited architectural gems like The Vatican or Sagrada Familia, you know that religious architecture is impressive—and filled with significant history. From former monasteries to churches, these luxury boutique hotels are not only unique but also housed within historic spaces. 

Le Monastère des Augustines (Quebec City, Canada)

Occupying a wing of the former Hôtel-Dieu de Québec teaching hospital, this spot in the middle of old Quebec City explores the history of its former tenants with an onsite museum. During a stay, visitors can sign up for inclusive packages that highlight relaxation and renewal techniques, which play an ode to the hospital’s healing past. All the 65 rooms on site are free of modern technology and guests are encouraged to leave their tech-forward devices with reception until they check out. 

Hotel El Convento (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Within the heart of Old San Juan, the former convent opened its doors as a hotel in 1962. With Andalusian tiles, sky-high mahogany beams, and a rooftop plunge pool, the property is rumored to be beloved by high-profile guests, including Rita Hayworth. 

Convento do Espinheiro (Évora, Portugal)

Located within the UNESCO-recognized walled city of Evora, this 92-room resort hotel was created within an 1834 monastery on the outskirts of the historic city. During your stay, check out the onsite spa, which was dubbed as one of the best in Portugal, or spend the evening sipping local wines at the onsite wine bar. 

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Fontevraud L’Hôtel (Anjou, France)

Founded in 1101, the UNESCO heritage site of The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud was the center of a renowned monastic community until Napolean turned it into one of France’s most infamous prisons. In 2013, it became a 54-room hotel. During the renovation process, it was artfully renovated with ultra-modern touches that still manage to preserve the history of the space. 

Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine (Sardón de Duero, Spain)

Surrounded by acres of vineyards on the banks of River Duero, this 12th-century abbey is one of two that survived Napolean’s invasion. Nowadays, the stone abbey is a 30-bedroom hotel with a winery, multiple restaurants, including a Michelin-starred one, and an incredible spa, making it a Leading Hotels of the World member, too. 

At The Chapel (Bruton, Somerset, England)

Before becoming a hotel, this property in the quiet English countryside town of Bruton was once a coaching inn, Victorian chapel, hippie commune, and recording studio. In its past, it was reportedly frequented by Genesis and Tangerine Dream. However, nowadays the 17th-century building is a restaurant, bakery, and wine store with 8 rooms. 

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Hotel Peter & Paul (New Orleans)

Housed within a former church, schoolhouse, rectory, and convent, this 71-room hotel in New Orleans plays an ode to its past with unique design elements, ranging from religious paintings and antiques to checkboard fabrics. 

Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Prague)

Located between the Prague Castle and the Vltava River, this ancient Augustinian monastery is now a swoon-worthy hotel. While the hotel’s opening was delayed for years due to archaeological concerns, it was well worth the wait with luxe accommodations in the former monk’s quarters. Since the property is still owned by the Augustinians, guests can take tours of the monastery, chapel, and history library with one of the monks who still live in the separate monastic quarters. 

Cirqa (Arequipa, Peru) bedroom

Cirqa (Arequipa, Peru)

Dating back to 1540, this former Peruvian monastery is now a luxe hotel with 11 intimate rooms. With original vaulted ceilings and modern touches like handmade wood furniture, this Relais & Chateaux hotel pays homage to the traditional lodging of the munks (but with a contemporary twist). 

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