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Grand Hotel Karel V

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Looks like a palace. Nice and friendly staff. Interesting historical artifacts and things to see. Close to area attractions. Ample parking. Prices a bit steep, especially at dinner. Breakfast was week served.

One night stay, but I have to recommend this hotel as it's really nice. Excellent (standard) room with enough space to feel comfortable. Decent priced, especially in the weekends. The breakfast is a must, so try to get that included in your rate.

Recently visited while in Utrecht on business. Great hotel, clean, quaint, full of charm and huge spacious, airy rooms. It is an old military hospital conversion, but full of peace and calm right in the heart of Utrecht. Loved the staff who were among the friendliest hotel staff I've encountered - they couldn't do enough to help and accommodate our needs. One of the cleanest hotels I've stayed in (and I've stayed in a lot!) Family friendly, business friendly - this hotel is well worth a visit. The old town is literally on the doorstep of the hotel, and it was refreshing to see locals using the bar and restaurant every day - that spoke volumes for the quality. I would definitely use this hotel again.

Hotel was 10 minutes walk from Utrecht Central Station. 5 minutes walk to the DOM. Shopping and food are easily accessible. Quiet surroundings. Shower and toilet are separated. Friendly and approachable staff. Bedroom was clean. Bed was comfortable. No pillow selection. Wifi was strong. There is a fitness centre and two in-house restaurants.

Fantastic spa hotel in the middle of the old city of Utrecht. We paid 130 euros a night for a fabulous room. The breakfast (extra) was delicious and served in the beautiful dining room, or we could have sat in the gardens as well. Something for everyone and incredible value for money. We arrived very late (1am) as our flight was delayed but the staff then, and throughout our stay, were friendly and very helpful.

We stayed here over the weekend for a last-minute city trip. Location couldn't be better, right in the center. There is on-site parking for just 15€/night so very reasonable. Enjoyed an hour or two in the little wellness center which is well maintained and relaxing. Had a good dinner in the bistro which I'd definitely recommend. Delicious food, lovely setting with simple wooden tables and chairs, reasonable price, too. Acoustics are a bit of a worry though. It can be challenging trying to understand the waitress. The main reason I would hesitate to go back though is the room itself. It's old chique... in other words needs a bit of modernization. The bathroom was clean but hopelessly outdated. The room was OK but nothing special. The building has a certain grandeur which I missed in the room itself. We were first given a wrong room type (twin instead of double). They gave us another room. However the conditioner had clearly been used (half empty) and not replaced. There was a glass of milk sitting in the fridge, presumably left there by a previous guest. This is not 5star level and made me question the cleanliness of the whole room, which is not a comfortable feeling and simply not what I was expecting.

I stayed two days on a business trip. I stayed at rooms ground floor, just heading the parking and the back garden. Very big rooms, very big bathroom and good amenities. The bed very comfortable and good WiFi to work. The rooms are a bit old fashion but very nice. Breakfast high quality and bar, smart and nice. You are just in the middle of the city. Excellent location.

A Dutch classic and "must-stay" location for business and leisure travel alike! I have been staying here since 2014 regularly and it gets better all the time, and still the staff remember me! Food preparation and presentation is superb, the staff customer experience is an example to competitors, and the studied period decor and sense of history and culture makes this place special. Rooms are clean, spacious, well-equipped for the modern traveller (WiFi, power outlets), and oh so well styled. Staying in the main building a few times on the lower floor was like stepping back in time in a good way, with an amazingly well appointed room, bed and decor! The outside extension and seemingly newer rooms are also superb, easily accessed from the main reception and dining locations. Food is well prepared and presented, with a modern menu, handcrafted with options to keep you interested yet nourished and coming back for more, The breakfast in particular is special, and worth taking time over! The gyms onsite is small, but functional. Other features include the ability to hire bicyles (well, it is The Netherlands) - recommended and even Vespa scooters to get around on (I didn't). The hotel is located within walking distance of Utrecht Centraal and the main points of interest of the city, but the staff are only too happy to advise you with car hire or two-wheel itineraries too!

Easily accessible by car and offering private parking outside (but on the premises). Friendly staff. We had a room in the Roman wing, which is adjacent to the main building. Rooms are well isolated and spacious. Very good bedding. Bathroom wasn't to big, but with Rituals amenities. Decoration is a bit dated. Very good breakfast buffet (till 11.30 on Saturday and Sunday) with lots à la carte preparations (inc.). Right in the city centre

Historic buildings belonging to a chivalry order (which traces its beginnings to the time of the crusades) remade in a great and grand hotel, smack in the middle of town. A lovely experience. The service is, well mannered, pleasant and pro-active.

Geertebolwerk 1 Utrecht

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Indoor pool

Located in Utrecht City Center, Grand Hotel Karel V is within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as Tivoli and Park Nieuweroord. This 5-star hotel has 121 rooms and welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. St. Catherine's Convent Museum and Town Hall are also within a short walk.


Enjoy dining at Grand Restaurant Karel V, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All of Grand Hotel Karel V's 121 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and LED TVs with digital channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Grand Hotel Karel V enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Valet parking is available for EUR 51 per night. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and 15 meeting rooms.

Room options

Standard Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 765 reviews