Strowis Hostel

Hostel Utrecht

Strowis Hostel

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Hostel Strowis is the first and most famous hostel in Utrecht (est. 1998). our experience, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful garden makes Strowis a vibrant yet peaceful place to spend a couple of nights in Utrecht, a truly underrated gem in the heart of Holland located only 30 minutes away from Amsterdam.
Strowis stands for sustainability, a do-it-yourself mentality, international atmosphere and culture.

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  • Concerts
  • Bring your own

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Strowis Hostel is located in a listed 17th century building. First and most famous hostel in Utrecht (est. 1998)

Our experience, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful garden makes Strowis a vibrant yet peaceful place to spend a couple of nights in Utrecht, a truly underrated gem in the heart of Holland located only 30 minutes away from Amsterdam.

The ground-floor is Strowis' heart, the foyer and the garden, where guests can have breakfast, read or just chat. From the foyer you've got a good view on our mind-blowing garden. Guests can rest here near the pond. There is of course free wi-fi and a computer in the foyer you can surf and mail. Our fully equipped kitchen is open to all our guests, bring your own is more than welcome! There is also a small library which also contains travel information, and another book-exchange corner.

Strowis stands for sustainability, a do-it-yourself mentality, international atmosphere, culture and flexibility. These values are present in our attention to customers, our physical location (building, garden and furniture), the products we use and the atmosphere in common areas.

We organize regularly cultural events, laying then the space and context for the prefect interation between locals and guests. Our Strowis sunday afternoon concert series are well known for relaxed atmosphere and musical diversity: singer-songwriters, reggae, pop, balkan, afro, latin, Americana, roots all in a semi-acoustic setting.  On concert day there is always a vegan meal, which guests can share with musicians and staff members. Next to music Strowis always hosts art exhibitions, with new art every two months.

Strowis is located in the old medieval centre of the city of Utrecht. The inner city with the Dom Tower and the Cathedral has a pleasant atmosphere and is famous for its outdoor cafés along the old canals.

There's a nice Strowis citywalk available for our guests. It's an hour and a half and it'll take you past all the interesting sites of Utrecht city centre.

In the Museum city district you can find a wide variety of museums and galleries.

Utrecht has a sparkling nightlife. For those who like to go out, there are many cafés, discos and clubs.

Hungry tourists and lovers of excellent food can find their pleasure in one of the many restaurants from all over the world, from small bars serving food to exclusive restaurants.

The City of Utrecht is located in the heart of the Netherlands, and is an important railway interchange. The trains from and to Amsterdam and Schiphol airport go twenty-four hours a day. Moreover, the rest of the Netherlands can also be easily reached from Utrecht.

History of Hostel Strowis

After years of vacancy, the building at Voorstraat 71 was squatted. The ground floor, which used to be the Automobile Centre Utrecht (ACU), was turned into a film house, a café, a concert venue and an information and action centre. The two top floors have been used as living space for years.

In order to avoid eviction from the squat, the idea of the Voorstaete project was born in the autumn of 1993 after a congenial night of drinking. The idea conisted of buying the ACU and the piece of wasteland next to it in order to realise all plans. Plans included the realisation of living and working spaces under own management, a brewery, a pub and concert venue, a restaurant, a hostel and a city park.

For this ambitious project, the Voorstate foundation was established. Through their experience in various political pressure groups, the initiators had become hardened negotiators. Of the five original ingredients of the plan, two projects were eventually realised: the political-cultural centre ACU and the Strowis hostel. The brewery was able to find another location but the city park unfortunately came off badly in the negotiations with the municipality and had to be abandoned.

Family, friends, non-profit housing associations and other sympathizers gave the project financial support. After eighteen months of renovation and reconstruction by many volunteers, the project finally opened its doors to the public in the autumn of 1998.

Hostel facilities

  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Reception (limited hours)

Useful information

City: Utrecht
Country: Netherlands
Address: Boothstraat 8, 3512 BW Utrecht, the Netherlands
Phone 1: 0031(0)30 2380280

How to arrive

How to get to Strowis from Utrecht train station:

* Bus:

When you reach Utrecht Central (Train) Station, go downstairs to the city buses. Check www.ov9292.nl/en to find which bus to take. Get out at the 2nd stop, called ‘Janskerkhof’ and cross the street. Behind the church (= 'Janskerk') there is a little street called the Boothstraat, there you will find us at nr. 8.

* By foot:

It’s a 15 minutes walk.

Walk straight ahead, into the shopping mall (Hoog Catharijne) that is connected to the train station towards the centre of town. Walk all the way till the end. When you are outside you'll see a square and a street on the left side of it (Lange Viestraat). Take this street and turn right. After 40 meters you will pass the a square on your right (the Neude) and after that you will see the "Janskerkhof"-square with the church on your left. Behind the church on the left hand side of the square there is a small street called the Boothstraat, our street! You'll find Strowis at number 8.

If you get lost, just ask someone for the "Janskerkhof', everybody knows.

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92% 04 July 2017
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Positive: The staff was very friendly and helpful. Negative: There were not enough outlets near the beds. There are two outlets next to bottom beds, but they ar...

100% 02 July 2017
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Great location if you are out in Utrecht and need a place to sleep

100% 27 June 2017
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Positive: Strowis was a great place to stay and affordable! The location to the city center was amazing too! I definitely recommend this place!. Negative: Nothi...

100% 22 June 2017
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I have tried in the last 30 years more than 350 hostels, but this hostel is in top 3! :-)

100% 18 June 2017
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I tried every hostel in Utrecht, and this one is without doubt the coziest. Staff is friendly and passionate. Price per night may not be the lowest, but if you ...

97% 17 June 2017
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Great hostel & great location in Utrecht, especially for the price. Staff very friendly and helpful.

100% 15 June 2017
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Absolute top notch hostel no complaints what so ever, staff were really friendly and helpful and the commin areas lend them selves well to a great atmosphere, o...

96% 05 June 2017
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Positive: great location, very friendly and helpful staff, nice little garden - very recommended.

94% 04 June 2017
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Hostel Strowis was awesome, great location, good atmosphere (probably can be even better depending who is staying - it was quiet when we were there) and the sta...

90% 03 June 2017
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Had a lovely stay. Atmosphere is quaint. The building is close to main sites such as the Dom tower. Laundry is done by staff which was a but odd but ours was al...

83% 25 May 2017
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Great place for a chill weekend getaway. Good kitchen, but needs a few more cook ware. Lockers are in the basement, but they have plugs inside which is a plus. ...

94% 21 May 2017
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I really enjoyed staying at this place!! The staff were all really nice and helpful and the guy doing the housework was really nice and down to earth and helpfu...

100% 14 May 2017
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Positive: The hotel staff was great, well inform and very polite, the hotel is located a walking distances from many interesting places and museums. Negative: N...

100% 01 May 2017
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Staff was amazing; couldn't have had a better intro to the city. Welcoming, friendly, informative- good people. They had a lovely garden which even had an expla...

94% 23 April 2017
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This is by far my favorite hostel. Front desk staff was an 11/10. Locker system is great for early checkin, but not great that the rooms don't have them. Breakf...

100% 15 April 2017
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Our staying in Hostel Strowis was wonderful. They were very kind with us, and received us with a free cup of coffee. They also recommended us several places in ...

100% 10 April 2017
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I loved it! Amazing staff, cozy place, big rooms; definitely a great place to stay!

90% 09 April 2017
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It was a very pleasant stay at hostel strowis. The people there were very friendly and helpful and could give good advice on town and surrounding area. Ienjoyed...

97% 01 April 2017
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The hostel was great! The stuff was really friendly. The hostel was clean and we had access to lockers and the kitchen. The only problem was that in the showers...

100% 26 March 2017
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Nice and cozy hostel, It feels like if you were at your own home. The backyard is beautiful. The staff was helpful, friendly and polite. The location is excelle...

80% 05 March 2017
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I've spent just a night at Strowis Hostel but it really felt like home. It's clean, really nice and the staff is kind and helpful. But it's the atmosphere that ...

100% 26 February 2017
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Love the environment. Everybody was very nice and communicative. the rooms are very big, the beds are very nice to sleep.

100% 12 February 2017
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Best place to stay in Utrecht regardless if you travel alone, with family or on business.

100% 11 February 2017
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Stuff extremely friendly! :) Simple GREAT!

94% 11 February 2017
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We only stayed at Strowis for a night yet immediately felt at home! It has a very special atmosphere with super chill yet competent staff and social roommates. ...

90% 29 January 2017
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Security storage lockers were in the basement, so you couldn't really easily get to it from your top or second floor if needed. Had small push button showers, w...

80% 04 January 2017
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Very nice hostel!!!Go for it!!! Good stuff: - fine showers; - nice wifi; - friendly staff; - good space in the rooms; - well located. Weak points: - small toill...

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