There are places where history is saved in every stone.
Nowadays the former monastery of the bernadines is a comfortable hotel in the center of Minsk. Its original interior and special charm attracts tourists from different cities and countries. Our careful and attentive staff will be at your disposal.
There is no noise of the city due to elaborate engineer and architectural solutions. It is a good place to have rest before guided tours and business meetings.
Hotel “Monastyrski” has 48 rooms of different types: 15 rooms of Single type, 30 rooms of the type Twin and Double, 1 room of Luxe type, 1 room of type Suite, 1 room of type Single for disable person. Every room is equipped with a desktop, safe, mini-bar, air conditioner, satellite television, telephone. Rooms also have a private bathroom, hair dryer, towels. On the territory of the hotel there is free Wi-Fi.
The location in Verkhny Gorod, Minsk's attractive Upper Town, which is also the oldest part of the city, could not be better. With reduced traffic and plenty of sights and restaurants nearby, this is an ideal area for a visitor. The hotel is using the premises of a former catholic Bernardine friary and the architects in charge of the transformation have managed to keep an atmosphere of monastic austerity. People with a taste of history will appreciate that. The rooms still give a feel of a monks cell, with a narrow bed and small windows, which don't let in much daylight. Otherwise it has all the amenities, one can expect from a hotel in this category: Especially an attached bathroom with a good shower (free toiletries in sachets), a TV with several international channels, a mini-bar (where used items don't get automatically replenished during a stay). For drinking water there is a dispenser in the middle of the hallway. Breakfast starts at 7am and the choice is good: plenty of fresh fruit and many cooked dishes at the buffet. It is available at the hotels restaurant, called 'Lavski', where once I had a good Belarusian dinner. The young ladies at reception has been friendly and helpful, and with whomever I had to deal with (during my stay it had been mainly Darya) it was easy to communicate in English. If one asks there is also a city map available. To change money one can go to a nearby Belarus Bank.
I absolutely loved this hotel. If you are a tourist the location could not be better. It is smack in the center of town making it easy to walk anywhere. My room was magnificent and very comfortable. Breakfast was large and varied although I personally still don't understand how people can eat what I would consider a full dinner for breakfast. Pastries and cookies were yummy. Staff was charming and all receptionists spoke excellent English Only issue is finding the entrance on arrival. It is in the middle of a large pedestrian area so the taxi will not get you near the entrance. Set it up in google maps before arrival and you will be fine.
The staff doesn't go out of the way to make you feel special or rush to take your bags to your room. Personally, I like that but think it is more a reflection of Minsk as being kind of new to international tourism. The building and rooms are awesome. Mine truly looked like a converted monastic cell that the place claims to be. The walls were 2-feet thick, furniture was heavy and dark, halls were massive and echoed every sound, and the windows had three layers: outer glass window, inner glass window, and then a sold wood shutter. Another reviewer mentioned it would be nice to have free bottled water. Agreed, but they do have communal water dispensers. I also drank the tap water and had no ill effects. Location is within walking distance of many sights in various directions.
So officially this is a three star hotel. In my view, it is more than that. The rooms are specious. At least in the historical part of the building. The room is modernized, especially bathrooms, but still have a feel of 17th century monastery living quarters. Heavy wood furniture, wooden window shutters, oak wooded mirror, etc. - all of makes your stay very memorable, even though I didn't spend too much time in the room due to the heavy business program. The hotel is situated in the heart of the historic centre of Minsk. It is very conveniently positioned if you have a spare hour or two to walk the street. Lastly, I don't know how to explain it, but I had an incredible sleep here (on of those 'sleep like a baby' moments). It is a very peaceful place.
If you are heading to Minsk, and you can afford some $ 80 – 90 / night, I don't see why choose anything else. Monastery Hotel is really a monastery! I mean, it's not a monastery, it's located in a monastery. A real former Bernardine monastery, 17th century – just imagine! Real thick stone walls, high ceilings, even the restaurant is located in a former refectory. The furniture was obviously ordered specially for the purpose, solid, real wood. The rooms are very spacious – I guess, twice the size of an ordinary hotel room. For my part, however, the location was the decisive factor – it is the closest to the theatre, as I made myself sort of theatre tour. But if you want the most central hotel in the city – here you are, it's literally two steps from the Freedom square and two central cathedrals – one Catholic, the other Orthodox.
The Manastyrski is a beautiful historical hotel, with all the modern comforts. It is a converted monastery. It's strikingly beautiful, warm and comfortable. The staff are very helpful (they do have English speaking staff as well) and it has the best wifi I have ever encountered in a hotel. The breakfast had many choices and was beautifully presented and clean. I highly recommend this hotel and the city of Minsk. We will be back again.
The hotel helped with our visa application, I emailed them and they sent a response with the appropriate paperwork within a few days. The hotel was easy to find being directly opposite the cathedral in the old town. It took around 15 minutes to walk from the train station. Reception was efficient and a good standard of English was spoken. We were very impressed with the hotel, really big room. Big bed. Very clean. Fast internet that you connect to in your room. Great location for exploring Minsk. We only had to get a metro once to the national library everything else we did on foot.
Excellent place to stay: best location, good value for money, spasious room, very clean, very good breakfast (really good comparing to some 5 star european hotels), helpful and courteous staff. Totally recommend this hotel, stayed there before and will stay again when in Minsk Besides its in the historical building and location, renovated former monastery quarters.
I have traveled to Minsk a dozen times in the past several years. This is the best hotel for the price in Minsk. I highly recommend it. Great location. Friendly, helpful staff. Clean, comfortable rooms. I will continue to travel to Minsk, and I will plan on staying here. This hotel is better than many, if not most, of the hotels where I stay when I travel domestically in the U.S. and where I pay twice the price.