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Visiting the Grand Hotel, Stationsstraat, Wyck, Maastricht, The Netherlands: by Jacques van Gils, dating from 1902/1905

Updated on July 8, 2013
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Flag of The Netherlands | Source
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur at Stationsstraat in Maastricht, The Netherlands
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur at Stationsstraat in Maastricht, The Netherlands | Source
Grand Hotel de 'Empereur, Maastricht
Grand Hotel de 'Empereur, Maastricht | Source
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur, Maastricht
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur, Maastricht | Source
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur, Maastricht
Grand Hotel de l'Empereur, Maastricht | Source

Grandly eclectic in style

(This hub is limited to some historical and descriptive aspects of this hotel building. For any aspect of the services provided by this fine hotel, contact should be made directly with its management.)

This building is the Grand Hotel, or, to give it its full title, Grand Hotel de l'Empereur.

This fine hotel in the Wyck suburb of Maastricht, The Netherlands, is sometimes described as being in Eclectic style. Sometimes, though, the term Art Nouveau is applied.

No matter: this striking building has been part of the urban scenery for more than a century.

The building dates from 1902 to 1905.

Its design was the work of Jacques van Gils (1865-1919) (1). Architect van Gils was assisted by another architect: R. A Bosch.

The Hotel's is located at Stationsstraat, 2, Maastricht, in the Limburg (2) province of The Netherlands. As the name of this street suggets, the proximity of Maastricht's main railroad station played an important rĂ´le in the Hotel's location.

Use of Namur and Maas stone; and a conspicuous tower

The building is executed in a combination of Namur and Maas (or Meuse) stone, the latter variety giving the upper storeys the greyish hue which charaterizes them.

The conspicuously protruding, round tower, at the corner of Stationsstraat and Parallelweg, aligns intriguingly with the arching around the building's main entrance: arching which is then repeated in both directions away from the corner of the building. Interestingly, as well as the corner tower, the two upper storeys of the building successively protrude over one another, giving the upper regions of the structure a markedly overhanging dimension.

Other features include two series of prominent, gable windows, at the Stationsstraat and Parallelweg elevations respectively, which, on closer inspection, are not quite symmetrical.

July 8, 2013


(1) Other works by Architect van Gils, of Rotterdam, include the Clemenskerk, Hilversum.

(2) NB: This is to be distinguished from the Belgian province of the same name.

Map location of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Map location of Maastricht, The Netherlands | Source

Also worth seeing

In Maastricht itself, visitor attractions include; two churches. the Sint-Janskerk and the Sint-Servaas Basilica, built next to one another; the fort of Sint-Pieter; the imposing Helpoort, a remnant from the Medieval city walls, dates from the 13th century.

Eijsden (distance: 12 kilometres) has an imposting castle with a moat, which is situated near the Belgian border.


How to get there: Airlines flying to Amsterdam Airport from New York include Delta Airlines and KLM. The Dutch railroad company NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) maintains rail services from Amsterdam to Maastricht. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent. For any special border crossing arrangements which may apply to citizens of certain nationalities, please refer to appropriate consular sources.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

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