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EYE HOTEL Staycation Explore Utrecht-7

EYE Hotel Utrecht | Op staycation in het Universiteitskwartier

Located at the Wijde Begijnestraat, a side street of the bustling and always busy Voorstraat you will find the EYE Hotel. The EYE hotel is part of Utrecht City Hotels, which also operate Mother Goose Hotel and Court Hotel.

The EYE Hotel has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. The interior of the hotel refers to the times that an eye hospital was housed in the building. In a stylish and surprising way, the theme returns in every room down to the smallest details. In an interior piece or huge portrait that is hung in corners and on the white walls. The interior is well balanced and wonderful to look at.

Design is in the details!

All 36 rooms, from the smallest room on the top floor to the large family rooms, are beautifully decorated. At the EYE hotel you will sleep in a luxury showroom. Morph design, located at Oudkerkhof and also responsible for the beautiful interior of the Mother Goose Hotel has done a fantastic job.

Breakfast at EYE Hotel

In the small and stylish breakfast room, guests can start the day quietly. Breakfast starts from 06:30 with a basket of warm bread rolls, toppings, juice, tea and coffee. All the goodies are served at the table in the breakfast room. With the busy and cozy streets of the city center on your doorstep, it is difficult to leave this beautiful hotel to explore the city. But if you get out the door anyway, walk or cycle through the city and take it all in.

You can park the car a little further down the street, where the hotel has a parking for guests of all three hotels. Really handy for when you come to the hotel by car, in the busy city center.

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Tips for a staycation

A staycation in your own city is a good time to step out of your comfort zone and discover the city. Visit neighborhoods where you normally do not go. Discover new favorite spots in the city. The Voorstraat is part of the University Quarter, a versatile quarter with countless nice spots near the center of the city.

Explore the neighborhood

At The Village, living room of the Voorstraat, you can go for a perfect cup of coffee and something tasty in a relaxed environment. Slightly further up in a corner building at the Wittevrouwenstraat, you will find Lucas. Here you can go for home-made cakes, coffee and a good lunch. De Ontdekking and the Bakkerswinkel, just down the street are also worth a visit.

In the Voorstraat you can also do loads of shopping, from design shops to nice vintage shops are located here. PUHA sells designs from young, talented designers. The store has a ladies and gentlemen department and also sells nice accessories. So here you can certainly score a unique item. At the studio and fashion store: The Domestic Botanist you can shop beautiful (sustainable) clothing and accessories. But in the Voorstraat you can also go for an afternoon of Vintage shopping.

El Mundo, a tapas restaurant located at the beginning of the Voorstraat has a terrace on the street side. But also a great roof terrace at the top of the restaurant. It is a hidden oasis in the summer. Here you can enjoy tapas and the sun.

The Voorstraat is also known for its many Asian restaurants, such as Anan and Sanju. At Tiger Mama you can enjoy Asian dishes with a modern twist. Wijnbar VinVin is hidden in the Predikherenstraat, behind the Voorstraat. Here you can drink delicious wines with matching snacks. At Da Portare Via you eat delicious pizzas with good crunchy bottom from the wood oven.

Lets explore

Not far from the Voorstraat, located at the Wittevrouwensingel, you will find the Italian pasta concept: Spaghetteria. On the menu are several pastas, fine wines and tasty desserts. Spaghetteria keeps things simple so you can enjoy a good pasta dish without any hassle. Opposite the Griftpark is Gastmaal Café, a cozy and small restaurant where you can enjoy good wines and culinary bites for hours.

Do you want a cultural activity during the staycation? Visit the Catharijne Convent museum, hidden in a beautiful courtyard behind the Saint Catherine’s Cathedral. You can also choose to walk one of the Explore Utrecht city walks without a guide. Or discover small museums in Utrecht, such as: The Utrecht Archive or Fotodok.

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About Dainahara Polonia

Welcome to my digital best of Utrecht list! This is my way of sharing the best of Utrecht with locals, expats and tourists. Discovering new places, having dinner with friends and wandering the streets of Utrecht in search of a unique find is what I love. The City Experts and I share a passion for Utrecht and hope you fall in love with this city as well. Come and explore the city with us and enjoy the ultimate Utrecht experience. Collaborations, tips or suggestions email me on [email protected] and we will be in-touch.

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