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Sleek & Chic | Derlon Hotel & Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands

August 29, 2010

The Derlon Hotel is a small boutique property that sits on one of the most charming squares in Maastricht, the Onze Lieve Vrouwenhof. Luxury and comfort go hand in hand with sleek design here. The sleek-furnished suites are housed in the rectory of the adjoining Onze Lieve Vrouwenbasiliek. Every suite is equipped with all modern amenities and hi-tech facilities and has its own distinct ambiance, thanks in part to unique works of art on display.

Roman ruins in the hotel’s basement:
Maastricht’s history is rather unique from the rest of The Netherlands’. It was under Roman influence since the beginning of Christian era through to 4th century AD.

Before construction of the new Derlon Hotel, Maastricht’s city archaeologists undertook an extensive survey of the site, and they found Roman ruins from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The finds included parts of the 2nd & 3rd century square, a 3rd century well, part of a pre-Roman cobblestone road and sections of a wall and a gate dating from the 4th century. It was then decided to conserve the ruins and incorporate them into the new hotel and have them displayed as a museum exhibit.

This gives Derlon Hotel the unique distinction of having a museum of Roman ruins in its basement.

Areas of Interest:
From the square, you can wander the city centre, with its numerous picturesque shopping streets, restaurants and art galleries. Tourist attractions include the City Hall, Vrijthof and Bonnefanten Museum, all of which are within easy walking distance of Derlon. Naturally you can also explore the beautiful hills of Limburg outside the city walls.

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