Thank you for visiting us in this weird time. We are extremely grateful for that. The Corona crisis has turned our fundamental idea of ​​hospitality upside down. Do not shake hands, keep distance from our guests. You know the drill by now. Despite the fact that there is plexiglass and 1.5 meters between us, we are more than happy to welcome you and wish you a great time in beautiful Maastricht.

The health of our guests and employees is paramount, so we look at what we can do from day to day.
Matters that we have adjusted for you to stay safe;

  • Improved protocols for cleaning and hygiene
  • We offer our guests disinfectant dispensers in public areas
  • Regular disinfection of exposed surfaces such as door handles and card terminals with antibacterial fluids.
  • We follow the government procedures for dealing with colleagues who are ill
  • We do not serve a breakfast buffet until further notice. Though there are a lot of great breakfast places nearby that we can advise you.
  • Pay with pin or mobile
  • Our swimming pool has adjusted opening hours. Please inquire at the reception for current times.

If you have any questions, you can always reach us on 043 321 22 11

Have a great time in Maastricht.



You are in the heart of Maastricht
Hotel Zenden is situated in a romantic cobbled street. The hotel stretches over three historic buildings that were carefully restored in 2009.

The river Meuse is nearby as is the inviting tree-lined square ‘Het Onze Lieve Vrouweplein’, named after the basilica that is just around the corner. Enjoy lunch or dinner on one of the terraces and breathe in the historic atmosphere. The international character of Maastricht’s shopping district adds to the feeling of being in a completely different world.

The rooms in our hotel are bright white and ‘design’ is the key word. Architect Wiel Arets designed the interior. Never heard of him? Well, our hotel finished fourth in a worldwide competition for best new interior design.

Extra-long beds
At Zenden you don’t have to sleep in a fetal position if you don’t want to. All rooms are equipped with extra-long beds. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Just a 2-minute walk from the hotel you will find the Zenden studios. Our studios have the same urban feel as our hotel rooms.


Zenden Maastricht: Half a century of sports, swim school and hotel
Zenden sports, swim club and hotel has been around for over 50 years now. Few gyms in the Netherlands provide such a complete sports program as Zenden, Maastricht’s oldest institution in the field. Our sports and swimming school laid the foundation for much more.

Pierre Zenden started his sports school in September 1962 on Capucijnergang in Maastricht. Only two years later the building proved to be too small and the school moved to Hasseltkade, where the program was extended with the precursor of modern fitness classes: gymnastics for men and women. Additionally, we offered lessons in self-defense sports like jiu-jitsu.

In 1969 the building on Hasseltkade proved to be too small as well and the school moved to the first building on Sint Bernardusstraat. On the first floor lessons in judo, jiu-jitsu and gymnastics were given and a sauna was put in place. Meanwhile Pierre Zenden started with the construction of a unique swimming pool in the vaulted basement of the building. “The basement was inaccessible for heavy equipment. Therefore we had to dig the whole pool by hand. A small treadmill was used to transport clay mounds to the ground floor. It took us  a year and a half to complete the construction of the pool.”

Anton Geesink and Toon Hermans
In November 1969, on the wedding day of Pierre and Rina Zenden, Anton Geesink officially opened the new sport school in the historic building. The young family moved into the second floor, which nowadays would be called ‘a loft’. The pool, with its unique 13th century vaulted ceiling, was opened one year later by the famous Dutch entertainer Toon Hermans. In 1972 a second building (the current location of our coffee bar) was added to the school. In this building you could attend aerobics lessons, which back then was called ‘jazz-gymnastics’.

The sports school was regularly used to record television programs. From 1968 to 2004 Pierre worked as a sports reporter for the NOS, the Dutch broadcasting association. For nine consecutive Olympic Games, he reported on four kinds of sports for Dutch television audiences: judo, weight lifting, wrestling and taekwondo. Pierre Zenden’s expertise was sought after at home and abroad. He made four journeys around the world with Anton Geesink (the Dutch Olympic Judo champion) to promote a new judo curriculum, co-developed by Pierre (who is a 6th dan judoka) himself.

Hotel & Studios
Due to the popularity of the crash course ‘Learn to Swim in One Week’, the need for overnight accommodations became apparent. In 1983 the former loft above the sports school was turned into a small hotel. Over the years the hotel was gradually expanded. In 2009, the monumental buildings were transformed by the acclaimed architect Wiel Arets into a controversial design hotel with nine rooms. This transformation was highlighted in numerous (inter)national publications (e.g. in WALLPAPER,  MONOCLE and FRAME magazine). Additionally we received two nominations for best new hospitality interior in 2009 (worldwide) and 2010 (national). In the consecutive years 10 short-stay studios were added to the hotel concept.

Nowadays the hotel and the studios are run by Martijn Zenden. Here you can enjoy the unique Zen(den) atmosphere. Guests who wish to immerse themselves in tranquility and serenity are invited to dive into the pool (located in the 700-year-old medieval vaulted cellar) and attend a yoga class afterwards. With the contrasts between movement and relaxation, old and new, Pierre and Rina Zenden laid a wonderful foundation to further build on the hotel and sports school.


Our reception is open on weekdays from 8.00 to 21.00 and on weekends from 9:00 to 15:00.

The hotel rooms and studios have a maximum occupancy of 2 people.
If you do not comply with this rule, we must incur additional costs.
Unfortunately we cannot provide extra beds or a baby cot.

No smoking
Since 2008, smoking in public places is prohibited. If you smoke in your room or in your apartment, we are obligated to charge you €100.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring your pets in the hotel.

Bicycle parking
Your bicycle can be parked in a nearby, secure public bicycle parking. It is not possible to store bicycles at the hotel or at the studios.

Check in
You can check into your room from 14:00 to 20:00 on weekdays and from 12:00 to 15:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

It is possible to check in earlier and leave your bags behind the front desk.

Upon request, you can also check in outside of our regular opening hours. Please indicate the time you would like to check in using the special requests box when booking via our online booking module.

Check out
We kindly ask you to check out of your room by 11:00 am on the day of departure. If you wish, you can leave your luggage at the reception desk and pick it up after your trip. Please do not forget to return the key when you leave.

Cleaning in the studio
Our cleaning service will provide new linens and service in your apartment every two days. Once a week, your apartment will be fully cleaned. Contact the reception if you have specific requirements. 

We invite you to make use of our breakfast service. Please notify us one day in advance at the reception. On weekdays we serve breakfast from 8:00 to 10:30 and from 9:00 to 11:00 at the weekends.

We offer free wireless internet.

Fax and copy
You can make a photocopy and send or receive a fax at the reception.

Free sports
You are welcome to use our swimming pool during the public swimming hours. You can attend all other sports classes that are being given in our sport school. Please ask for the sports program the reception desk.

Laundry service
We offer a laundry service but please note that it may take up to 2 days before your wash is returned.


The nearest car park with surveillance is the ‘Onze Lieve Vrouwe’ multi-storey car park run by Q-park. A cheaper alternative is the car park under the Kennedy bridge. From the hotel it’s a 5 minute walk through the Stadspark (city park) but there’s no surveillance.

All our rooms and studios are equipped with extra-long Auping beds (1.60 x 2.10 m) Our WOW room is equipped with extra-long beds that are 1.80 m wide.

There are 2 twin rooms (separate duvets and mattresses) and 1 twin studio. All other rooms have a double bed (1 duvet and mattress).

Bath towels and hair dryer
Extra bath towels and hairdryers are available at reception.

Your room is equipped with a personal laptop safe for storing valuables during your stay. If you want to store larger items securely, we can put them in the hotel safe at the reception for you.

Air conditioning
All our studios are equipped with individual air-conditioning units. Our individual rooms do not have air conditioning.

Do you need an extra blanket or pillow? Would you like to send a fax or have your luggage transported? You like a wake-up call or room service? Do not hesitate to ask at the reception. We are always happy to help you.

Please note that our buildings have a number of stairs and there is no lift available. If you require a room on the 1st floor or a studio on the ground floor, please let us know in advance when booking your room via our website.