UKI Hotel in Utrecht
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7 unique places to stay in Utrecht

With its ancient city centre, beautiful canals and vibrant cultural scene, Utrecht is a must-visit destination for any trip to the Netherlands. The city offers travellers a host of interesting places to stay, including a hotel inside a former eye hospital, a converted castle and a rustic-chic wharf cellar where you can be the only guest. If you feel like a countryside retreat, you’ll also find beautiful places to escape to in the region.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable stay at a unique accommodation in Utrecht.
  • Get to know historic Utrecht by staying in an old courthouse, hospital or even a castle
  • Connect with nature during your stay in Utrecht.
Domplein 9
3512JC Utrecht
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Sleep in a 13th century wharf cellar when you stay at the UKI-Hotel. Located in the centre of Utrecht, this atmospheric establishment seamlessly blends modernist décor with an unforgettably historic setting. There is only one room, making you the hotel’s sole occupant, and the city’s finest museums and restaurants are moments away.

Marnemoende – Utrecht Camping Raft

For an unforgettable experience, connect with nature and stay on a camping raft in the middle of the Hollandse IJssel river area. Two rafts are on a small island while the third rests on a lake surrounded by reeds where you can experience the ultimate in tranquillity. When you feel like seeing the sights, hop in a canoe and row for an hour to the historic city of IJsselstein.

Parc Broekhuizen

Treat yourself to a stay in Parc Broekhuizen, a stunning boutique hotel housed in a former estate and surrounded by parklands where you can hike, cycle or simply enjoy a stroll. The rooms are stately and cozy all at once, and 24-hour concierge service assures every need is met. Be sure to enjoy dinner at the hotel’s Restaurant Voltaire, which received its first Michelin star in 2018.

Eye Hotel

Literally housed in a former eye hospital, the Eye Hotel features 36 uniquely designed rooms. Each one has an optical theme and a vintage vibe, giving it loads of charm. There are wonderful views of the city from every window and its location in the centre of Utrecht makes it an ideal base for exploring. Families are welcome and you can book a room with an extra bed or a crib for your little one.

Court Hotel

With a history stretching back to the year 1054, the Court Hotel was once the realm of lawyers and judges. Today, it welcomes guests into 27 light-filled rooms in the middle of the city, near the famous Dom tower. The décor in each one is inspired by the hotel’s fascinating past, yet feels distinctly modern. For lunch, don’t miss the hotel restaurant, De Rechtbank, which features a lovely terrace.

Mother Goose Hotel

The past comes alive at the Mother Goose Hotel, which is located in a ‘city castle’ that’s hundreds of years old and has served as everything from a bookstore to a squat. Each bespoke room features touches that speak of the past, including wooden beams and exposed brick. When you’re in the mood for adventure, step outside to discover the charming Ganzenmarkt, a bustling square in the centre of Utrecht filled with cafés.

Castle Kerckebosch

Over 120 years old, Castle Kerckebosch looks like something from a fairy tale and is nestled in the rolling Utrechtse Heuvelrug woodlands. In the evening, sip a cocktail by the fire in the stately lounge before dinner at the acclaimed Restaurant Kerckebosch. If you’re craving a truly unique experience, spend a night in the tower suite, which features a hand-carved canopy bed.

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