I went there for a weekend and checked myself in La Merveilleuse, the old convent which was transformed into a multifunctional hotel in 2008. The locals refer to the place as “Couvent de Bethléem.”
From my window, I had a unique view on the Maas and over the city Dinant with her impressive citadel and Bayard rock.
The name “La Merveilleuse” is the name of the area which is characterized by a gigantic underground cave complex. This cave complex was only discovered in 1904 while building a railway.Much earlier (in 1613) a Capuchin Order settled in Dinant. In 1793 this convent was transformed into a hospital, later on, into an orphanage and at present occupied by Dinant’s social services. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Dominican nuns built the higher up convent in Neo-Gothic style.
La Merveilleuse was f a b u l o u s.
I simply love the everything about it – c’est merveilleux!
(source: La Merveilleuse Hotel)