Last updated 6 months ago by Michael Darmanin
A very original idea is the BUNK hotel in Utrecht which provides visitors the chance to experience a stay between the walls of a 130 year old church! Started in 2015 as an idea by Robin Hagedoorn, this project redefines the concept of hospitality, bringing forward the dramatic and glorious environments of religious spaces while keeping prices low and friendly.
A walk away from the central station
The ex reformed-protestant church (known locally as the Westerkerk) is located in the centre of Utrecht, Catharijnekade 9, just five minutes walk from Utrecht central station where the famous shopping mall is situated.
Pods as an alternative to traditional bedrooms
At BUNK you have the possibility to choose “Pods” as an alternative to more conventional, yet original, rooms. Pods are tiny little spaces just enough for a bed (or two) with shared facilities. Don’t be afraid though, the comfort, hygiene and luxury-feel are guaranteed. A good possibility, I would say, for youngsters willing to meet other people while keeping costs low.
A classic character with a touch of modernity
The building structure is finely renovated and delivers a very characteristic atmosphere designed to prompt social interactions. The Bunk hotel is, in fact, not only an accommodation facility but also a social space in which you can chill, dine, work or even attend a concert. The majestic Quellhorst-organ is still fully functional and can be heard during the later hours of the night.
The Quellhorst-organ; experience it from another perspective
The Quellhorst-organ was invented by German born Georg Heinrich Quellhorst, an organ builder, who moved to Oldenzaal (a township in the Netherlands) in 1810. In 1813, he received his first assignment to build an organ for the Basilica of St Plechelm; the organ was completed two years later. In 1893, the organ was sold to the Westerkerk, which itself had been inaugurated in 1891. A short but mesmerizing journey, at least from a historical perspective; this instrument has survived more than 200 years and still works!
In house brewed beer and other distill
Bunk also boats an appetizing menu which a unique array of characteristic drinks and dishes. The restaurant is open till late (from 7 AM till midnight) and serves many well-known world cuisine dishes and a lot of bite variations. Last, but not least, Bunk proudly produces its own beer and distill vodka, gin and jenever (a typical Dutch liquor).
Quite literally, in a nutshell, an outstanding, must-try experience for visitors and residents in Utrecht alike and a very welcoming space for locals to work or chill.