We did two nights (Fri/Sat) in Maastricht at the ApartHotel Randwyck with a Groupon deal.
Our first impression was a bit industrial: it is located in an office park near the hospital/university. It may not be the most charming of locations, but it's far from a deal-braker. The Maastricht Randwyck train station is just a block away and there are multiple buses towards the "real" centre. To walk into town takes only about 20 minutes.
Parking is somewhat odd. If you're lucky, you can park for free in front of the hotel (24/7). Across the street are parking spaces that are free for overnight (but you need to move your car by 8:00). And you can also pay to park in the back of the hotel. Since there is not enough capacity in the free parking, you essentially pay a late penalty.
The rooms are simple but relatively spacious. Black/white decor makes it feel modern (apparently there are also themed rooms available with different colour schemes). There is a good sized refrigerator available, and we experienced great WiFi reception throughout the building. The ittle french "balcony" in the room was pleasant on a warm summer day.
The bathroom was fresh and modern. Like the rest of the room, very clean. Only minor point was the shower: it is the "wet room" kind with just a single piece of glass. Looks great and very spacious, but the shower still splashed into the main bathroom -- and there was nothing to do about it (other than try to shower in the corner).
They deserve a gold star for the quality of the beds. We slept amazingly well. They were so comfortable, on our second night we cut short our "night out" because it was nicer to just relax on the beds, drink and talk instead of being out. First time ever!! Also two very good pillows provided for each person.
TV had reception issues, some stations had static. Being from NL, we didn't even notice if stations were "international", but since so much of Dutch TV is in English, I can't imagine this being a big problem (hotels in Sweden don't have much else than Swedish TV either, same in Germany, etc.).
Breakfast was a lovely spread of good fresh food. Two different kinds of "vlaai" were available each morning, which felt quite decadent (cake for breakfast? let's indulge!). It would have been nice to have some scrambled eggs/bacon, but this is a minor point.
Service is quite friendly, if at times a little less polished than some other hotels. We had to help translate because the night attendant didn't speak very good English.
One serious security flaw: despite having an electronic keycard system, they have preset cards for each room. A sticker on the back has the room number. And on the front of the keycard is the address of the hotel. If I were to be pickpocketed, the thief would not only have my key but also know exactly what hotel and room I'm staying in. This is the only hotel I have ever stayed in with keycards that does not make a new key each time. Why install a keycard system if you don't use the security benefits?
There is nothing fancy/distinctive about this hotel, but it also has no pretentions otherwise. If you're looking for a clean, comfortable hotel with easy motorway/public transport access, then this one really fits the bill. €140/night (that others have mentioned) is too much, but I would find it appropriate value in the €70-95 range. Maybe a bit more during peak season/events.
And if you're picky about your bed, this is absolutely the hotel for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Randwyck Hotel Maastricht