The former convent and retirement home was built by the Sisters of St. Elizabeth in 1975 for the sisters working in the neighbouring St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The sisters moved in in 1976.
The convent was designed by architect Peter Karstensen with the utmost attention to the
St. Elizabeth Sister’s request for aesthetic and quality. Thus, the convent is characterized by the highest quality design and material, such as the former church room with the impressive marble floor. Look at the most beautiful mosaic windows with pictures describing Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked carrying his cross, made by Tony Meyersahm. Another relic from the convent is the little statue of Madonna in the old convent garden.
As the number of sisters became fewer, a part of the house was rented to the St. Birgitta Sisters, who moved to Maribo in 2003. In 2004 the remaining Sisters moved to Germany.
On 1. December 2004 Elsa Terp, former tourism director and local hostess, bought the convent and transformed it into a hostel.
Elsa Terp has converted the unique building into today’s hostel with respect to the special atmosphere and the genuine building. Today, Danhostel Næstved is unique among the most modern hostels in Scandinavia.