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Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht

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By Jackie Chow

 

If you’re looking for a home away from home in Maastricht, where you can get a good night’s sleep in a luxurious bed after strolling around all day in Maastricht, the reasonably priced Townhouse Designhotel is a great choice. The Townhouse, which received the Dutch Hotel Award in 2011, is conveniently located in the neighbourhood of Wijck, across from the train station and at walking distance from shopping and dining and the old town centre.


When checking in, we were invited by the friendly staff to help ourselves to a cup of creamy wild mushroom soup and some apple wine. The soup was delicious, although a little on the salty side. We were going to stay for 2 nights, and we were already looking forward with anticipation to trying the soup of the next day, which – by the way – turned out to be an equally tasty cream of mussel soup.


townhouse  designhotel roomThe lobby has some comfortable seating areas, with a fireplace, a selection of books and magazines for guests to read and browse through, and even a hammock. On the other side of the check-in desk is the breakfast area, with long tables for guests to share as well as individual tables. Guests are free to use the oven and a microwave if they wish to heat up their own food. Breakfast on offer is either “Lovely” or “Healthy” or a combination thereof, and consists of a buffet of a variety of freshly baked breads (I definitely recommend the spelt wheat bread!), with jams, honey and locally made appelstroop (thick apple syrup), cheeses and cold cuts, fruits and juices, yogurt with cereals, scrambled eggs, bacon, coffees and teas. It’s also possible to get a breakfast “on-the-go”.


The Townhouse is called a Designhotel for a reason. On the one hand it kind of feels like a welcoming and casual youth hostel, but at the same time it’s stylish, modern, cozy and comfortable, with design furniture and some unusual decorations. On the wall in our room I found a plastic ziplock bag with an original local newspaper from 1923, commemorating the 25th anniversary of then Dutch Queen Wilhelmina. Townhouse staff clearly make an effort to come up with a variety of original ideas. You can even rent a goldfish by the name of Blurb as your roommate.


Unusual was that we didn’t find a telephone in our room, which wasn’t a problem for us, as long as we had internet. Different was also the bathtub/shower arrangement, which was inside our room, but separated from the sleeping area by only a mirror. There was no shower curtain, and it took some skillful and careful manual handling of the shower head to prevent the shower area floor from getting flooded. The second night I got smart: a relaxing hot bath kept the floor dry.