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Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

Had a one night stay here in May 2015. Could not have been more relaxed. So, what this place is NOT. It is not a typical hotel, it is a retreat center where you can stay if you are in St. Meinrad for a night. This is absolutely NOT a place to stay if you are heading to Holiday World with the kiddos. There is not a pool. There are no TVs to watch. It is quiet and basic and darn near perfect. St. Meinrad is a very small farm town. There are no stores or gas stations. There is an American Legion and a bank. The point of the place is to allow a guest to focus on the quieter side of life. The retreat center is very clean. You can join the monks and seminary students for meals, which I recommend. I would recommend taking a few long strolls. I truly hope you have a clear night when you visit. The stars are amazing. If you get a chance and want to see something kind of cool go outside around 2:00AM and look up. You can watch the cargo planes lining up for landing in Louisville as they enter the pattern for their approach. The only draw back is the beds are firm and they only have twin size beds. That is a hard thing to adjust to. Go and UNPLUG!

Stayed: June 2015, travelled solo
5  Thank Jerry H
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Reviewed 28 November 2014

I went on a personal retreat to the St. Meinrad Archabbey to think about spiritual and personal issues. It was a very meaningful time for me. The guest house is clean, quiet, and comfortable. I was never bothered in any way by anyone. The room contains two single beds, a chair, desk and dresser. The bathroom contains a shower and toilet. The sink area is a good size for one or two people. There is no TV. The internet was adequate although I didn't use it much. There is no housekeeping during a stay unless needed. Down the hall is a reading room and a chapel. I appreciated the fact that no children were present. The grounds are beautiful for walking and thinking, the priests' cemetery was my favorite place to sit and reflect. Non-Catholics are welcome here, and may attend mass and other services throughout the day, although communion is reserved for Catholics. My only negative comment is that although breakfast was very good, I did not care for the quality of the dinner offerings. It was very institutional and highly salted. A visitor may choose which meals to take or leave. I was fine with two per day. Special retreats are offered throughout the year and may be seen on the website.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank sharonjxn2
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful place to reflect and share time with friends. The arch abbey is beautiful, attending prayer with the monks is calming, and the whole experience was priceless. Wish I could do this once a month.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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4  Thank Linda N
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

Have visited "the Hill" for many years. Hospitality is an important Benedictine value and it finds ample expression at the Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is a fairly new building, perhaps 10 years old, and offers very comfortable rooms on a par with most nicer hotels. Food is served in a common area and is satisfying and appropriate for a monastic retreat center. The grounds of the Archabbey are beautiful, as are the buildings which (with the exceptions of the Monastery and seminarian living areas) are open to visitors. Visitors expecting a low-cost experience will be disappointed. The cost of lodging is only slightly less than conventional lodging in the area. Meals are comparably priced, too. I rated the location as "poor" because it's a monastery (which comes from the Greek word that means "alone"). Normal monastic practice is to locate monasteries in out-of-the-way places. So one person's "boondocks" is another's "peaceful retreat". Guests have use of the Seminary's fitness facilities which are currently being upgraded and relocated. There is no pool.

The Guest Master is Brother Maurus Zoeller OSB and he is often available for impromptu tours. The Guesthouse offers its own rather extensive retreat programs. Outside groups (religious and secular) also use the Archabbey and Seminary's facilities for private retreats or group meetings. Non-Catholic visitors will find the Archabbey a welcoming place. Individuals and couples are also welcome to stay at the Guesthouse for a quiet getaway or as a unique alternative to other, more conventional lodging options in the area while visiting local attractions. Lodging is limited on weekends due to scheduled retreats. Rooms are generally available during the week. Additional guest lodging (for groups and individuals) can be arranged through the Office of Group Accommodations. A house is located on the property and at one time was available for use by groups, but I don't know if this is still available. Visitors are invited to participate in the monastic liturgies. Mass is offered daily as is the monastic "horarium" (Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office). The monastic daily prayer schedule includes Morning Prayer, Noon Prayer, Vespers and Compline. A Melkite-rite Divine Liturgy (Mass) is occasionally celebrated. A regular early Saturday morning Mass is celebrated at the nearby Shrine of Our Lady of Monte Cassino, which visitors are also encouraged to visit. Saint Meinrad observes Catholic Eucharistic discipline regarding reception of Communion by non-Catholic Christians. It is hard to find anything negative to say about the Archabbey Guesthouse; however, one very significant disappointment (and my sole reason for rating the Guesthouse with a less than Excellent rating) is the Archabbey's lack of lodging for families with children. Visitors with young children would be advised to find lodging in a hotel in nearby Santa Claus, Ferdinand or Dale along I-64.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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11  Thank M P
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

There is nothing doting and posh about the St. Meinrad Guest House but that is usually not why people stay there. It is an amazing stay in that most people are on a retreat or silent retreat. It is on the grounds of the Archabbey and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. The rooms are basic and geared toward quiet, i.e no tv, no radio, no cheap shampoos and conditioners. Each room has 2 twin beds that were on the hard side. There is a Chapel in the Guest House and a library with a balcony with complementary DVD's on past retreats and other inspirational/religious DVD's as well as books. You are welcomed and encourage to attend evening vespers and Mass with the Monks. Good place to meditate and commune with God. Good food also.

Room Tip: All rooms the same, the ones near or next to the library are good.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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6  Thank Kimmyindy
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