Skip to main content
Beginning of main content

Grand Hotel Karel V

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

I loved this hotel. It had a certain combo of luxury + asceticism that really appealed. It was authentic, true to itself. I think it used to be a monastery? The rooms were simple - not a lot of furniture, wood floors, but very comfortable and high end. Beautiful windows overlooking the gardens, sun would shine in in the morning... Very peaceful atmosphere. Lovely, friendly staff and super-great breakfast/brunch buffet. Recommend highly, would stay here again any time.

Really nice hotel. Location is superb. Close enough to nip back whilst out shopping but also set in a position that doesn’t feel like it’s in the city centre. The champagne breakfast was a highlight for us. The beautifully sunlit breakfast room is stunning, and the food is excellent. Wouldn’t stay anywhere else on Utrecht.

As other reviewers have said the rooms are in dire need of refurbishment but beyond that even the service is not up to standard. I stayed in a room in the building adjacent to the main building which is supposed to be newer. The room was v small and the bathroom had a plastic vanity unit. The walk to the building was unpleasant with a very strong smell of sewage which was also present on the ground floor of the building I stayed in. I was told it was due to work in the garden. I ordered room service for breakfast and it arrived very poorly presented wrapped in foil - not what I expect in terms of food quality of presentation from a kitchen that serves a high quality restaurant. All in all quite poor for the 5 star label but I'm told it was fully booked out which is probably because Utrecht lacks other alternatives.

I stayed here for a conference and, as I booked well in advance, I had a good price for a single room. Comfortable room, good bed, and a most amazing buffet breakfast included in the price. Everything was so yummy and they had prosecco every morning :). The hotel has a restaurant with a terrace, but I never ate there, as the most delicious Indonesian restaurant was just across the (back) street.

Stayed here on business and found it very pleasant. Nestling on the bank of the canal it was a perfect location for an early morning run that takes you in a circle through the park and touches the edge of the old town. Very comfortable room and nice ambiance in the main hotel. Only a short walk to the train station and half an hour on to Amsterdam airport so worth adding to the itinerary for a trip to the Netherlands. Lots of nice eateries and shops. Will be back for a leisure visit.

Definitely a five star hotel. Impeccable service, friendly staff that really interacts with the guests. Good sized rooms (especially in the main building) with all the mod cons. Not cheap but worth it.

Geertebolwerk 1 Utrecht

Hotel highlights

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

Located in 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 749 reviews