Our Story

Twenty years ago a man named Mathias Schwender saw the need to open a place called ‘Sir Toby’s’. Sir Toby’s started small with 10 beds and a very passionate owner with a large collection of antiques (and nowhere to house them) whose vision was to bring together travellers from all walks of life under one roof – where they could interact, laugh, and share experiences freely.

Now, 2 decades later, Sir Toby’s has served as a temporary (and not-so-temporary) home to thousands of guests. It was the starting point for a group of unique accommodation providers now known as BOHO CO - Bohemian Hostels & Hotels. The family has grown to include Sophie's hostelCzech Inn, and the Miss Sophie's Hotels. Furthermore, we decided to step onto the African continent and established a sustainable hostel in Accra, Ghana named somewhere nice.

Sir Toby’s is anything but conventional. It has a little something for everyone – from shared rooms to quaint and charming private rooms. It is warm, communal, and has an energy flowing through it you can only feel once you step inside our doors (… and head down to The Pub for beer tasting… and the terrace garden for a BBQ… and the brick-cellar kitchen to make your own home-cooked meal… well, you get the idea.). There is a lot to experience.

It is now more than 20 years since our story started. We are very excited about it and have prepared many activities to make our guests be a part of the celebration - special prices, competitions, birthday garden party and so much more!

“I cannot believe it is now more than 20 years since the British boys came to stay as my first guests at Sir Toby’s. But when I look back, I am mainly thankful for the organic growth we went through, being able to live through difficult times and various crises we had that made us stronger,” says Mathias Schwender, the founder of the hostel.

The Bohemian Hostels & Hotels family has been featured in the likes of The Today Show, Budget Travel, National Geographic Traveller, The New York Times, Elle, Glamour, El Pais, Washington Post, The Times (UK), The Guardian Unlimited, Let’s Go, Lonely Planet, Routard, The Rough Guide, and many, many more.