Home away from home
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTO: EDITH VAN ZEIJL
To get the sense of living like a true local in Utrecht, a stay at the trendy new boutique hotel Exploris Hotel Utrecht is suggested. In the heart of the vibrant city centre, guests will get an experience well beyond what is expected from a hotel; in fact, this is more like a home away from home.
Trendy new boutique hotel Exploris is located on Potterstraat 24, in between Oudegracht and Neude, in Utrecht. The area has a rich history with many historic buildings, and the square opposite the hotel was once a bustling marketplace. “The property used to be an office but had not been used to its full potential for many years. With our new hotel, we are closely connected with partners, shops and stores in the neighbourhood. When staying at Exploris Hotel Utrecht, you can really live like a true local.”
Owner Don de Graaf and his wife Linda Peters are responsible for creating the stylish interior decoration of the hotel. Cleverly, they have managed to create a trendy yet cosy atmosphere, providing a home away from home for its guests. Mixing industrial design with original features – for instance, keeping some of the original beams – each of the 15 rooms is unique, has its own kitchenette and is just one step away from the heart of the city.
The hotel first opened its doors in May this year, and the small yet modern concept is growing by the day. It is already quite the success amongst Dutch and international guests alike, with five stars on Google and 8.5 out of 10 on Booking.com. “We have had some wonderful reviews,” admits Don de Graaf. “Our friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome and appreciated, also adding to the guest experience.”
Across the street are plenty of cosy restaurants, cafés and small shops, and several attractions are within easy walking distance, including the Dom church tower and the Utrecht archives. In addition to services such as a digital concierge, Exploris Hotel Utrecht works closely with local partners such as bike rental with partner SWAPfiets and fitness centre Workout. Future plans include more focus on families and friends as expanding the hotel with more affordable economy and economy-plus rooms. It is also possible for guests to rent apartments close by in the same style as the hotel.