Maastricht

TRIED & TESTED: LOFT51 MAASTRICHT

November 16th, 2011

New contributor Barbara Duque works for LINDA. and is a big fan of Petite Passport. Recently she visited the Soul Suites in Antwerp, but last weekend she tried Loft51 in Maastricht. A recommendation by other contributor Albertine van den Brink:

Most striking feature:

“Their welcoming e-mail before you set off to Maastricht. If you find this (see underneath) a couple of days before you go in your mailbox the anticipation starts already, don’t you think?

Leuk dat jullie willen komen overnachten!
We vullen jullie koelkast met wat ontbijtspulletjes, een fles water en een fles wijn. We zorgen voor broodjes van Mathieu Hermans, de bakker hier op de hoek. Er is lekkere thee en koffie van Maison Blanche Dael, een echt Maastrichtse koffiebranderij. Luxe beddengoed, fijne dikke badhanddoeken. We hebben heerlijk badspul van USPA, een natuurlijk product, dat trouwens ook lekker is in de douche. En verse bloemen om jullie welkom te heten.

Loft51 is located in the center of Maastricht – it’s a five minute walk to de Markt. Across the street you’ll find Marres, center for contemporary culture. They also did a project for the Biennale of Venice.”

From 125 euro per night, minimal stay of 2 nights. Check out: www.loft51.nl


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NEW SPOT: HOOGENWEERTH MAASTRICHT

January 11th, 2011

3 reasons to stay here:

  1. Because it’s a perfect wedding location (and my sister will kill me for giving this away).
  2. There’s only one modern suite and that’s the pictured one (185 euro per night).
  3. If you’re having dinner at Sofa and don’t want to drive back.

Check out: www.kasteelhoogenweerth.nl


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TRIED & TESTED: KYMYKA MAASTRICHT

November 13th, 2010

Most striking feature:

Well, isn’t it obvious? Shoes. The most beautiful pairs of high heels, boots and sneakers are presented here. And in a completely different way we’ve ever seen. They’re standing on metal poles (with magnets in them to keep the shoes in place) – as if they are gliding in the air. The sell extraordinary brands like Christian Louboutin, D&G and Stella McCartney. I’ve spotted brown boots with a extremely high heel from Yves Saint Laurent: I’m not surprised if I see Victoria Beckham on them. (Oh, sometimes they open an outlet at the other side of the street).

www.kymyka.nl


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NEW SPOT: ZENDEN MAASTRICHT

November 12th, 2010

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love the color white in combination with black. Just like this hotel in Copenhagen.
  2. If you want to dive into a swimming pool.
  3. If you like bathroom amenities from l’Occitane.

From 89 euro per night. Check out: www.zenden.nl

Photos via Coolboom – a blog worth following


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TRIED & TESTED: WITLOOF MAASTRICHT

November 12th, 2010

Most striking feature:

The interior. Award winning. But I have to tell you that it looks quite different (than the press images) when you walk in. Tablecloths and a funny menu on the table. A typical Belgian restaurant where the waiter makes jokes and you can easily bring your kids. You will even find a Manneke Pis in the restaurant. New is the basement: designed by Maurice Mentjes (who also takes credit for the rest of the interior) and is inspired by the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.

Check out: www.witloof.nl

Photos by Arjen Schmitz



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TRIED & TESTED: COFFEELOVERS MAASTRICHT

November 11th, 2010

Most striking feature:

The Blanche Dael coffee packaging is beautiful.  But unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it and I can’t find anything on the internet. So you have to see it for yourself. There are several Coffeelovers in Maastricht (only in Maastricht): two in the area called Wyck and one in the Dominicanen church. Definitely a good spot for a cup of coffee – or tea. When I visited Maastricht in 2008 I spotted this cute little car.

Check out: www.coffeelovers.nl


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TRIED & TESTED: TEACHING HOTEL MAASTRICHT

November 9th, 2010

Most striking feature:

The students of the Hoge Hotelschool are running this hotel. That’s why it’s called a Teaching Hotel. And that’s why the location of the hotel is next to the School of Hotel Management. It’s located in a beautiful white castle and the 26 rooms are designed by several Dutch artists like Piet Hein Eek, Richard Hutten and Studio Job. I’ve only seen a couple of rooms but I really like the suite of Gerben van der Molen of Stars design. It’s like you’re in a forest with a green, autumn print on the walls and the floor. A hammock in one corner and a swing in another. The restaurant has one of the coolest interiors ever (designed by Leon de Lange, student of the Design Academy in Eindhoven).

Check out: www.hotelschoolmaastricht.nl


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TRIED & TESTED: TOWNHOUSE HOTEL

November 8th, 2010


Most striking feature:

This doesn’t feel as a hotel because it’s like you’re sleeping at the house of a lovely family member in Maastricht. You will directly walk towards a huge orange pan with soup in it (next to it is the reception), there are hammocks in the lobby, you can even rent a fish for 3,50 euro. This is your living room during your stay. I asked them where I can park my car and they immediately offered valet parking (for free). The hotel room felt like a guest room. We had a window on the roof and it was raining, so that makes it even more cozy. The location is superb. Nearby Central Station and the shopping streets. And don’t think that the hotel is made out of vintage supplies only: in the lobby you will find all the design chairs you could possible think off. My favorite: the Eames lounge chair I’m sitting in. One tiny little personal thing: the bathroom has louvre doors and if your roommate is in it, you will hear everything. Can be a romance killer.

Check out: www.townhousehotels.nl


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MAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU…

November 7th, 2010

… my MINI who takes me to all those hotspots.

This weekend I’ve been to Maastricht. As much as I like travelling and going abroad, I also love to drive my beloved MINI. That’s why it’s great to live in Europe, because every city is reachable by car. In february I went to Paris (but I parked my MINI in a save parking lot nearby Mamashelter because the French have their own opinion of ‘how-to-park-a-car’) and I like to go to London, but you have to drive on the other side of the road and that scares me. My MINI is born in Oxford so I need to go someday to visit ‘her’ homeland again. And then Berlin: 6,5 hours away. In Germany they don’t have a speed limit, so I can go as fast as I like. During the week I visit a lot of places in the Netherlands so if you see the pink mirrors, say hello! :)

This week it’s all about Maastricht on Petite Passport.



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I’M GOING TO MAASTRICHT, ANY TIPS?

November 3rd, 2010


This weekend I’m going to Maastricht. I’m staying one night at Townhouse Hotel. But after that I need some other recommendations: is there something new that I really need to check out?



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