What: A former 15th century Crutched Friars' monastery and monumental gothic church miraculously transformed into a five-star design destination.

Where: On the Kommelplein Square in the centre of Maastricht, a city in the southern part of the Netherlands between Germany and Belgium.

Why: Unique in its design, the Kruisheren Hotel's exterior gives no indication of what lies within its walls. Owner of the 60-room boutique hotel, Camille Oostwegel's main wish was for guests never to feel like they were staying in a church. After walking through the long copper-paneled entrance tunnel into the lobby visitors are welcomed by the sight of a steel framed glass elevator and the stark colors of red and white that pervades the converted nave. The hotel rooms are converted monks quarters complete with stained glass windows that fuse happily with the thoroughly modern furnishings by designers such as Marcel Wanders and Antonio Citerrio. The wine bar's velvet banquette lines the nave of the church and the restaurant on the mezzanine level gives magnificent exterior views through the large windows that stretch to the roof. Modernly majestic, and yet still a sanctuary of repose, the cloister garden, with its mesmerizing water feature and concrete benches lit by neon lights from underneath, is a sight that's capable of clearing away any a weary head.