Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

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Hotelchain: Oostwegel Collection
Location: Maastricht – The Netherlands
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitekruisherenhotel.nl

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A gothic church and a monastery that have been transformed into a hotel, how cool is that? Kruisherenhotel is a top notch five star hotel in the city center of Maastricht. The design and layout of this beautiful hotel blew me away right from the start… The contemporary style which they combined with modern design without ignoring the historic elements is impressive. That is right, the late medieval architecture with designer elements is the perfect match for a five star hotel like this.

The location is perfect. Maastricht is a very nice town in the southeast of the Netherlands with excellent shopping facilities and restaurants. Kruisherenhotel is only a few steps away from the main shopping streets.

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As soon as I entered the hotel, I was impressed and immediately noticed that this truly is a unique place to stay… The lobby are is just gorgeous. Again, the extreme contrasts between history and designer elements took my breath away. The exquisite detailing and decor of the original structure were retained wherever possible. There are several cozy sitting areas in the lobby area for relaxing meet ups with friends.

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Check-in was very efficient and friendly. Service level of this hotel seems to be pretty good. Every staff member I met was friendly and informative. Our keys were handed and we couldn’t wait to explore more of this beautiful place.

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Kruisherenhotel isn’t a very large hotel, it has 60 rooms – all very comfortable and up to date. The Deluxe room we stayed in had a good size and had all the facilities I would expect of a five star hotel such as a very comfortable bed, designer elements and a Nespresso coffee machine. The room has a nice and comfortable couch and a good sized working desk.

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Bathroom had – again –  a good size and featured a nice bath tub and good quality bathrobes and slippers. Do note that each room at Kruisherenhotel is different in lay out which makes this hotel unique.

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Kruisherenhotel does not offer spa facilities. However, guests can use the wellness facilities (indoor pool, steam room and sauna) at their partnering hotel Château St. Gerlach located only 15 minutes of the hotel. We didn’t make use of these facilities as there are enough things to do in Maastricht. You really are in the city center which is very convenient. Did you know that the shops are open on sunday?

At night, we had dinner at Kruisherenrestaurant, a fine dining restaurant located in the main part of the church. I can’t imagine a better place at this hotel for a restaurant… The decor is impressive (as was the food and service!).  Bram Haenen – the leading chef the cuisine of the restaurant – does know how to combine ingredients and how to pamper the guests.

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Only the best local products are used to prepare each dish. The food and service truly are out of this world! The appetizers were well presented and tasted amazing… We started our wonderful dinner with lobster accompanied with avocado, yoghurt, feta, almonds and vadouvan oil. Right from this point I knew that this would be a evening not to forget! The entrecôte “grain fed” served with red union, garlic and gnocchi as a main course was just delicious… And there’s always room for dessert. The combination of sweet and sour was just perfect. I must highlight the service as well! Not too formal, yet professional: top! Our waitress had excellent knowledge about each dish and the accompanying wines!

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After spending a wonderful night, we were ready for breakfast. The buffet style breakfast will please anyone. From several kinds of cheeses to freshly baked pastries, they have it all. I particularly liked the fresh orange juice machine.

Kruisherenhotel is a unique hotel with five star comfort. I was impressed with the design and overall service level. Highly recommended for a romantic getaway with your loved ones!

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Pillows Grand Hotel Ter Borch

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Hotelchain: Pillows hotels
Location: Zwolle – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitepillowshotels.com/zwolle/nl

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After my stay at Pillows Brussels, I fell in love with Pillows hotels and I always wanted to explore Pillows Grand Hotel Ter Borch in Zwolle. I finally got to stay here when visiting this charming small city in the Netherlands. The location is perfect, the hotel is located in a residential area with not too much traffic. The building is just gorgeous and has been renovated in a very stylish way.

From the moment you arrive you know you have stepped into a classy stylish establishment with designer elements all over the place. We were swiftly checked in to our room & the service from all the hotel staff was impeccable from start to finish. Their warm welcome made it feel like coming home. No ordinary check in here (as usual at any Pillows hotel) – they use their tablet to check you in while you can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink while seated in one of the most comfortable couches. Always a good start!

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The deluxe room we had was both picturesquely beautiful and wonderfully cozy, with all the luxuries I’d expect from a fine hotel and a few more on top such as the Bluetooth streaming Tivoli speakers. The two comfortable chairs were excellent for reading a book. Everything was spotlessly clean and maintained to a very high standard. All linens were fresh, bright and clean. The bed was very comfortable. A bonus and rare for a four star hotel: turndown service! That is right, they will do anything to make sure you will have a great night.

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Bathroom had a good size and featured a walk-in shower, single sink and toilet. Pillows toiletries are provided (and I LOVE them: they smell amazing!). Bathrobes and slippers can be found in every room.

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After exploring the room, we explored the rest of the hotel and we found out that there’s a compact gym on the first floor. Although not too large, the equipment is up to date. I went jogging outside after spending some time at the gym. The location is perfect for an outdoor work-out! For ultimate relaxation, Pillows Grand Hotel Ter Borch has two infrared saunas which can be used at an additional charge (15 EUR / hour).

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We had dinner at the Coperto Restobar which is located in the new-build conservatory. It was a delightful occasion. The staff were attentive and good humored. The was food beautiful with generous servings, the wine list unbelievably diverse and excellent. I definitely enjoyed the ‘just fucking good wine’ which tasted absolutely amazing. Again, the overall quality of the food was outstanding! As a starter, I thoroughly enjoyed a steak tartare from Ijssel beef with some grape mustard, brittle wafer and cauliflower (I could eat this every day!). The smoked trout in combination with organic carrot, prawn crisps and herring roe was just delicious! And there’s always room for dessert: cheesecake with marinated pineapple and Bastogne caramel biscuits were to die for…The service was quick and efficient but there was no sense of being rushed during the dinner.

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Breakfast is something to look forward to at Pillows Grand Hotel Ter Borch! As usual, they serve breakfast at table and will make you will have a great start of the day. The homemade granola with Greek yoghurt was outstanding! The à la carte items – which are all included – are of a very good standard… on top of that, you can enjoy several cheeses, meet and fish… Again, all of a very good quality! The freshly baked bread from the local bakery was a bonus!

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The service at Pillows Grand Hotel Ter Borch is impeccable. It’s all in the details and the hotel is well aware of that. The rooms are well appointed and the staff are super friendly and helpful. Everything felt right here! Highly recommended!