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Grand Hotel Karel V

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had planned to stay in Amsterdam over the May Bank holiday weekend, big mistake, hotel prices seemed to soar as we were close to departure. Instead we found this gem in Utrecht, lovely historic building and we had a beautiful room on the top floor where the nurses of the former military hospital slept. There was a slight issue with the sun coming in in the early morning as the dormer window blinds didn't block all the light but we cobbled something together. Super location, just venture outside the back entrance and you are directly on a street very close to the old town centre and the hotel is also an easy walk to the ultra-modern main train station with trains taking about 30 minutes into Amsterdam.

Perfectly located and with grounds that give the place a sense of space and quiet and pleasant areas to sit in the sun with food or drink if the weather is kind. Facilities good, gym and spa are very modest, pool is actually quite small. Good quality and range of choices for breakfast. Less expensive rooms are in the new building.

The hotel is located very close to the old parts of the city. It only takes a few minutes to reach really great restaurants and the canals. It's a great almost palace like hotel where I got a room in one of the wings (which was perfectly fine by the way) with an etage where a small combined livingroom and working area was placed upstairs. To be honest, it was perhaps a little of a waste to live in that kind of room for a working visit where I didn't spend any time in the room more when sleeping and getting ready. Really nice breakfast as well, served in the marvelous dining hall. One interesting detail is that even though more or less every area of the hotel are great, it turned out that the gym was very small - I would say that it's crowded when there's four guests in there. That's a pity. To conclude - I can really recommend the hotel, especially when travelling as a couple or with your friends or family on a holiday trip to Utrecht.

Great place with wonderful service, central location, friendly staff and great food. Highly recommend it to anyone considering staying in Utrecht. Especially to families who need a central spot and want an indoor pool included.

This hotel is very grand, which was a little out of step with our normal, more middle-of-the-road lodgings. We were only here for one night, but I definitely enjoyed having such a large room. Breakfast was served in an absolutely gorgeous space, full of history. The buffet was good, too, though, except for the addition of lox, the same that we had had at many "lesser" establishments.

I enjoyed my stay at Karel V. The gardens are lovely, my room was well appointed, and prices were reasonable. I wanted to dine in the main restaurant, but only the bistro was open. I enjoyed the tasting menu, well presented and tasty. Parking is convenient and the hotel is in walking distrance of central Utrecht. You couldn't ask for more.

This hotel is well located in a great old building . We only stayed for one night, but I must say that the room we had was not quite the standard we expected. We had lunch at the brasserie and that was absolutely very nice, food staff and great food .

We were recommended to stay here and so glad we did. It is very central to shops and restaurants From the concierge, reception staff, domestic staff and restaurant, every one was delightful and the service perfect We intend to visit again.

Great location, 10 min walk from the Central station very close to centre of Utrecht. Beautiful building with lots of history. All the staff very friendly, welcoming and helpful. (The doorman on 12/7 especially charming and helpful). Lovely large room (Empire Room) at the top of the main building. In the autumn and winter months you can see the Domtoren from there but in the summer months the view is blocked by a beautiful tree. You can though hear the bells which we quite liked.

We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights during a conference in Utrecht. We'd been promised a 3 bedroom suite, but because the hotel made an error, we had a double and a single. They gave us reduced rates and their free breakfast -- one of the best I've had. Each morning we might have had a glass of champagne, Moet et Chandon, to be precise. The rooms were very comfortable, the grounds more park- than hotel-like. Front desk people were unfailingly polite. I had a few excellent conversations in their cafe. Wish I'd brought my bathing suit to take advantage of their sauna!

Geertebolwerk 1 Utrecht

Hotel highlights

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

Park Nieuweroord is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Hotel Karel V while other popular sites like Beatrix Theater are within a 15-minute stroll. This 5-star hotel has 121 rooms and welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. Utrecht Botanical Gardens is also 3 mi (4.8 km) away.


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

Deluxe Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 678 reviews