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The 1st European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies, Maastricht, 26-27 June 2014



Maastricht is a popular weekend destination in the summer time, so we recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. Hotels in the city centre are the most convenient for the conference venue.

You can book accommodation either directly with a hotel, or via one of the following booking websites:

Popular suggestions in town, often used for conferences, are:

  • Hotel Botticelli, Papenstraat 11 - this hotel proposed a room rate of 100.00 EUR per person, including breakfast. Reserve by email and quote "academic event FASoS, 26/27 June".
  • Hotel Au Quartier, Kapoenstraat 32 - this hotel proposed a room rate of 104.00 EUR (single) or 121.50 EUR (double), including breakfast, but excluding tourist tax. Reserve by email and quote "academic event FASoS, 26/27 June".
  • Hotel Mabi, Kleine Gracht 24 - this hotel guaranteed us a room rate of 95.00 EUR per room, excluding breakfast and tax. Reserve by email and quote "academic event FASoS, 26/27 June".
  • Townhouse Hotel Maastricht, Sint Maartenslaan 5 - this hotel guaranteed us a room rate of 89.00 EUR per room, including breakfast for the nights of 25-26 June, and a 10% discount on the best available rate for the night of 27 June. Reserve by email and quote "academic event FASoS, 26/27 June", before 1 May.

Other suggestions, in no particular order, are:


Places to eat

Maastricht is full of good restaurants and bars, many within a short walking distance of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The special and affordable ones are listed below, or you can browse the restaurant guide.

Generally, we advise that you make a reservation, unless stated otherwise below.

  • Gio's, Vrijthof 29A - this is an authentic Italian restaurant located at the non-touristic side of the Vrijthof. This restaurant is always packed. We advise that you to opt for the chef's choice. You can't make a reservation, just walk in and try out your luck. If there is no table available, they will ask for your phone number and call you as soon as they saved a spot for you. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays. [price ~30.00 EUR]
  • Café Sjiek, Sint Pieterstraat 13 - this is a classic combination of a restaurant, a café and a living room. They serve products from the region. Again, it is not possible to make a reservation, you just walk in and if there is no table available, you can have a drink at the bar. In this café you will find a lot of locals. Open 7 days a week. [price ~30.00 EUR]
  • Restaurant 'O', Rechtstraat 76, tel: +31 4 3325 9747 - this is a very good fish restaurant located in the Rechtstraat, one of the oldest streets in Maastricht. Closed on Mondays. [price ~38.50 EUR]
  • Le Courage, Rechtstraat 81, tel: +31 4 3321 1727 - this restaurant serves seasonal products. They serve a fixed menu with ingredients they buy daily at local markets. Closed on Sundays. [price ~35.00 EUR]
  • Pêt Thai, Boschstraat 93, tel: +31 4 3326 1026 - this is a nice, unassuming and cosy Thai restaurant just a few steps away from the Markt square. This restaurant has an excellent price/quality ratio and the food is prepared by real Thai chefs. The price for an average menu is €18,00. Closed on Mondays. [price ~18.00 EUR]
  • Le Virage, Cortenstraat 2/2b, tel: +31 4 3321 6608 - this restaurant is located just around the corner from one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands, the Onze Lieve Vrouwe square. Their kitchen is based on the Dutch and French cuisine. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. [price ~28.50 EUR]
  • La Bodega, Platielstraat 9, tel: +31 4 3350 0633 - this a typical Spanish tapas restaurant with a loose and informal atmosphere located in the Platielstraat, a street with many bars and restaurants and a side street of the Vrijthof. Open 7 days a week. [price ~19.50 EUR]
  • Il Bacaro, Vrijthof 16, tel: +31 4 3326 4700 - a real Italian 'bar e cucina' located at the corner of the Vrijthof. They serve Italian tapas in a loose and relaxed atmosphere and you are more then welcome to enjoy some additional drinks after dinner. Open 7 days a week. [price ~22.00 EUR]


Places to have drinks near the workshop venue

  • The Tribunal, Tongersestraat 1 - this is a unique bar, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday, located in the 'Latin Quarter' of Maastricht. Here you will see students, academic staff and locals. The bar itself has a really old appearance.
  • Wijnbar Kruisheren hotel, Kruisherengang 19-23 - this ultra-modern wine bar is located in one of the most beautiful hotels Maastricht has to offer, the Kruisheren hotel. This hotel has won several prizes for its architecture. They have an extensive selection of wines, but also coffee and the typical Limburgian cake.
  • Café Zuid, Plein 1992 number 15 - this is a really hip place. It is located right alongside the Maas river and the view is beautiful.
  • Café Zondag, Wycker Brugstraat 42 - a trendy bar where you will meet all sorts of different people; young, old, students, business people etc. Some people have the feeling that they are in Amsterdam when visiting this bar.
  • Quasi Molo, Bassinkade 5 - this is a cocktail bar located in an area called 'The Bassin', which is the historical harbour of Maastricht. The atmosphere in the Bassin is really nice and it feels like you're in a total different place.


Other suggestions

  • Bookshop Tribune, Kapoenstraat 8-10 - one of the best Dutch book shops, with a collection of English fiction and non-fiction
  • Bookshop Polare, Dominicanerkerkstraat 1 - housed in an authentic 12th century Dominican Church, this is a unique place in Maastricht. It offers both English and Dutch books, newspapers and magazines (more on the Dutch side of course but English speakers can still find quite a lot of titles there). The Guardian listed this former church as one of the six most beautiful book shops in the world. Perhaps this is also because the church has its own café inside - one of the best in town, Italian inspired brand 'Coffee Lovers Cafe' (whose cappuccino is superb!)
  • The Teazone Hightea, Koestraat 9 - a unique place in Maastricht combining a great Tea-House service with an interior design shop. It is a family business and the owners are always there to serve their guests. All cakes and sweets are home-made by themselves and the quality is great.
  • Bonnefantenmuseum, Avenue Céramque 250 - contemporary art museum, designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi