Hotelchain: Oostwegel Collection
Location: Valkenburg – The Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official website: oostwegelcollection.nl/…/chateau-st-gerlach
Château St. Gerlach (making part of the Oostwegel collection and Relais & Châteaux) is a top notch four star château-hotel located between Maastricht and Valkenburg. From what I had heard from friends, this hotel is a jewel and it truly is…
You can’t beat the location. The surrounding areas are just gorgeous. I fell in love with the domain the hotel is located on. The gardens are so well maintained and it is oh so peaceful. We walked around the property and couldn’t hear a thing, except the birds. There’s some interesting art work all over the property. It’s great to be able to walk around, enjoy the beautiful nature and exploring all the gorgeous art work.
Maastricht is just a 15 minute drive from the hotel which is an excellent city for shopping and sightseeing. Château St. Gerlach offers free shuttle service from/to Maastricht and Valkenburg! Great service!
The château itself is very stylish and cozy decorated. We were welcomed by the most friendly front desk staff. This is Dutch hospitality and we love it! They gave us a map of the property which was very useful as the Château St. Gerlach consists of several buildings each maintained in an excellent way. Walking around in the hotel feels like walking around in a castle. The authentic atmosphere throughout the hotel is impressive and much appreciated.
Room 140 we stayed in was absolutely stunning! What a great fairytale room this was! The wooden floors and ceilings add extra coziness. The room had all the facilities I expect from a four star hotel such as the Nespresso coffee machine, a very comfortable bed and the best feature: a complimentary minibar with water, soft drinks and beer.
Bathroom was spacious and featured a bathtub with shower. Fluffy bathrobes and towels are available as well. Separate toilet was a bonus!
Château St. Gerlach has 3 restaurants. Restaurant Château St. Gerlach and Bistrot de Liège are their two fine dining restaurants. The locations and interiors of both places looked stunning and based on the comments of guests, the food (both taste and presentation) must be excellent here! Because both restaurants were fully booked at the time we were staying at the hotel, we were not able to try it out ourselves… A reason to come back! We did try out Burgemeester Quicx, Coffee é More and were blown away by the food. The Lamb stew with pearl barley, nameko mushrooms, zucchini and cerise tomato was to die for. Highly recommended! Again, interesting art work such as paintings etc. can be found here. Very impressive!
Another highlight is the spa area. Located under the arched of the estate’s ancient cellar, this place is perfect for unwinding and relaxing. Kids are welcome as well, but between several hours the Spa & Wellness St. Gerlach is exclusively for adults only. The Roman-style swimming pool is gorgeous and pretty large! Next to the swimming pool is another area for relaxing with a steam room and traditional sauna.
After a wonderful night in our romantic room (still in love with that room…), we were ready for breakfast. Having breakfast at Château St. Gerlach is something to look forward to! The buffet is very large and the overall quality of the food is outstanding. Salmon, fresh fruit, etc. It is all there.
I was very impressed with Château St. Gerlach and highly recommend staying there for a romantic getaway. You actually don’t have to leave the hotel, there’s so much to do. I will be back for sure!