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“An oasis of calm outside of Maastricht” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie

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La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paalsteenlaan 90 | Lanaken, Lanaken 3620, Belgium   |  
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“An oasis of calm outside of Maastricht”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in the environs of Maastricht, look no further than La Butte aux Bois in Lanaken. Set on the outskirts of extensive parklands, this Relais Chateaux hotellerie is beautifully appointed with homely touches. Rooms are extremely comfortable, and mine even had a TV at the end of the bath. Deep joy! Bathing whilst watching the Giro D'Italia. Breakfast buffet is sumptuous and dinners and conference facilities are excellent, easily accommodating smaller meetings. Swimming pool and sauna excellent. Only negative is its popularity as a wedding venue can spoil the ambience if you are looking for a very quiet getaway, so check before booking.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Ghent, Belgium
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

When one returns to a formerly visited place there is often a feeling of "it used to be better". Not so in "La Butte aux Bois". For us it has maintained the perfection we are used to year after year. What struck us was the silence at night. A few things have changed since our last stay: there is fast and free WIFI, the gastronomic restaurant reveals a glimpse of the busy kitchen and the rooms have become even more comfortable. imagine watching the TV news on a waterproof TV while taking a bath.The hotel has a side building across the road and seeing the works there is a big renovation going on. On the practical side we always found ample parking place. The reception is stylishly manned. Well... manned by charming and helpful ladies. Both the casual Binnenhof restaurant and the gastronomic "La Source" are to be recommended and we are disappointed that Michelin has not yet given a "star" to Ralf Berendsen's cuisine. The restaurant is managed by a charming lady maître Bianca Harteman whose experience is as radiant as the oenological knowledge of sommelier Loek Bastin and his colleague Robert.
We are really looking forward to our next stay and congratulate the manager,Mr.Marc Alofs for maintaining the quality of "La Butte aux Bois". We just feel like returning to see friends.Their personal contact is precious.
There is a renowned Wellness in house but we have not used it.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Dear Mr Vankets

What a pity I have not been able to greet you this time, I was probably already gone when you arrived.

It's always nice to see you back in La Butte aux Bois!

I enjoyed reading this nice review and i will certainly pass it on to all my colleagues and Mr. Alofs.

We already look forward to your next visit.

Kind regards
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Paarl
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Superb. Rooms spacious and great, can even watch second TV while taking a bath. Large HD TV in bedroom. Pool area very good (no fitness area but great walks and terrific location for walking/running). Breakfast a problem - the large selection made it very difficult to stop! Parking good and nearby. Fast free internet. Everything I could want - well done.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Carstairs

Thank you for your review!
Let uss know when you will stay with us again than we can help you to find a fitnesscenter nearby where you can go to.

Kind regards
Team La Butte aux Bois
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Brussels
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Imagine a quiet Monday morning in March... under the snow and driving up to that beautiful Relais & Chateaux hotel in the woods.. I was on a business trip looking at several venues for events and we were treated to a wonderful breakfast fit for kings... only to realize that all the other guests had the same royal treatment.
La Butte is one of these places were superlatives do not even begin to describe the 'rich' and warm feeling of welcome one gets in a place where hospitality is being declined in all possible ways . Just go and see for yourself, take your time and prepare to be amazed... if you like delicious pampering that is..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear Vogey

We are very glad that we made your business trip that pleasant. We hope to welcome you again.

Kind regards
Tam La Butte aux Bois
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Rotterdam
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

La Butte aux Bois is a beautifully situated place with warm and caring staff (who all seemed to be fluent in at least German and English, and who knows French as well). We stayed in the main building (part of a weekend offering). The room was excellent and dinner at La Source was a treat. Our special wine wishes were perfectly taken care of by the sommelier. From my culinary experiences I estimate the level of cooking just below one Michelin star. The breakfast offering is overwhelming.
Our stay was too short to find time to plunge in the pool let alone to enjoy the spa facilities which seem to be very good as well. All in all this has been a very pleasant stay and we will definitely return to enjoy the amenities we haven’t visited yet.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building which seems a good option if you want to enjoy the spa/pool
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Tom

Thank you for your awsome review, we hope to welcome you back some other time.

Kind regards
Team La Butte aux Bois
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

If you happen to be in Belgium - east of Brussels - then you MUST experience what we found... and we found it purely by accident :-)

http://www.labutteauxbois.be

This hotel is located literally "at the end of the road".
It's not cheap but wow, you deserve to feel the energy.....
The Reception team were really kind and as usual, if you talk nicely, friendly and smile, you get a bit more.... and we did.
They gave us a high floor corner room.... BIG and spacious with a view of the woods.... see the pictures, snow and all....
The dining room is fabulous with a centre fire place
Great sauna-pool-spa area and if you have the time for all the treatments, then all the better. We did not have treatments but I expect they are great, given the good energy of the place overall.

We were sorry to leave !

Have a good day !

Room Tip: Pay a bit more and go for the bigger, better rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Mr.

Waaw what a nice review!

We hope to welcome you some other time in La Butte aux Bois!

Have a nice day to.

Kind regards
Team La Butte aux Bois
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Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this superb hotel just after Christmas. It was our first time and when we checked out, we immediately reserved for the same period in 2013. Splendid hotel, outstanding service; extremely friendly staff ; outstanding room and unbelieveable location and surroundings. The place for a relaxing short stay!
This hotel already received a Trip Advisor reward and we surely hope - are confident - that they will receive many more in the years to come.
One small negative comment : the wellness center is a little bit too small and if the hotel is fully booked it is difficult to find an empty spot around the pool-side. Sauna accomodation is not very big neither.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jessy_brepoels, Front Office Manager at La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Mr, Mrs

Nice to read that you will come back next year! We look forward to it.

Kind regards
Team La Butte aux Bois!!
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Address: Paalsteenlaan 90 | Lanaken, Lanaken 3620, Belgium
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Location: Belgium > Flanders > Limburg Province > Lanaken
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Lanaken
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Hotel Class:4 star — La Butte Aux Bois Hostellerie 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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