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Grand Hotel Karel V

Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht The Netherlands
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#7 of 31 hotels in Utrecht
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Grand Hotel Karel V – Historical Hospitality From former monastery to a military hospital to a 5* hotel that tells its guests the story of the building’s extensive history. The monumental Napoleontic wing and modern Roman wing together boost 121 exclusive rooms and suits and offers modern facilities, such as Nespresso coffee, digital television and wellness facilities. “Taking care of you, inspired by our historical DNA” Karel 5 GASTRO · BISTRO · EVENTS – Culinary experience & Memorable events Restaurant Karel 5 represents ‘Elegant Dining’ is guided by Chef de Cuisine Vito Reekers and Maitre-Sommelier Johan Kragtwijk. Bistro Karel 5 – one of the oldest monastery kitchens in The Netherlands – is defined as ‘Casual Classic’ and offers lunch, diner and bits. The Bar & Lounge, which is a part of Bistro Karel 5, is a hot spot for a one-on-one business meeting, a cup of coffee and drinks with bites. Every day vibrant events take place at Karel 5; from intimate business socials and international congresses to weddings and family dinners. Inspiring solutions for every event at a special historical location. Situated in Utrecht city centre With a view on the Dom tower and the hotel’s 10.000 m2 of city gardens, the hotel is a green oasis in the midst of the roaring city center of Utrecht. Together with ample parking facilities and in just several minutes walking distance from Utrecht Central Station, Grand Hotel Karel V is the perfect venue to explore the city’s museums, shops and canals. The highlights of the city are, amongst others, the Dom tower, DOMunder and the Central Museum.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Indoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Park View
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch, German
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Diana K wrote a review Jun. 2021
Amsterdam9 contributions3 helpful votes
We book a treat night away in the Netherlands from time to time. This definitely was a treat. Very nice staff everywhere. We had a beautiful Empire room with a lovely view of the garden. Dinner and breakfast were both delicious.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Wendy van Espelo-Kluft, Gastenservice/Front Office at Grand Hotel Karel V
Responded Jul. 6, 2021
Dear woolzAmsterdam, Thank you for the beautiful review. We are happy to read that you enjoyed our hotel and the beautiful Empire room which is located in our main building. Our Empire rooms are all overlooking our garden. We hope to welcome you again in the future and all the best from Utrecht! With warm regards, Wendy van Espelo Front Office Manager
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Vicky K. wrote a review Feb. 2021
Zeist, The Netherlands49 contributions22 helpful votes
We visited this amazing hotel to celebrate Valentine's day. The location is fantastic, next to the central train station. The hotel's interior looks like a palace of old ages. Due to Covid restrictions, we had to eat dinner at our room, so a privé restaurant was prepared for us. Upon our check-in, we were welcomed by Danielle, a very friendly and professional girl. Everything needed for our stay was explained in detail. The dinner was very delicious. A small remark is that no empty plates were provided and all dinner courses were provided in one plate for both of us. Hence,we had to share this one plate,which was no convinient. The breakfast was very rich and tasty.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Wendy van Espelo-Kluft, Gastenservice/Front Office at Grand Hotel Karel V
Responded Mar. 4, 2021
Dear vickyGruiters1990, Thank you for taking time out to review your recent stay with us. We are delighted that you found our location convenient as well as the rooms were to your liking. It is our greatest pleasure to see that the level of service also met your expectations and we sincerely hope that you will soon have the opportunity to return to us. I will certainly pass on the compliments to Danielle! We look forward to welcoming you back in the hopefully not too distant future! With warm regards, Wendy van Espelo Front Office
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Graham C wrote a review Oct. 2020
Winsford, United Kingdom267 contributions146 helpful votes
This hotel is centrally located and has historic interest. My room was large and very comfortable. Breakfast on the terrace was a good start to the day. Dinner in the terrace Bistro was very good indeed. The staff very friendly and helpful even taking time out to help translate a difficult Eurostar booking while serving our meal.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: Room 202 overlooking the garden was very nice.
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Wendy van Espelo-Kluft, Gastenservice/Front Office at Grand Hotel Karel V
Responded Oct. 25, 2020
Dear grahamcB8316OF, Thank you so much for your great review and the time you took therefore. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and especially our customer service. We shared your compliments with colleagues. We are also pleased to read that you enjoyed our breakfast. We wish you a wonderful day and hope to see you staying with us soon. With warm regards, Wendy van Espelo Front Office Manager
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BOSEL99 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands58 contributions13 helpful votes
We were here for a father-son weekend to visit a game of FC Utrecht. The hotel is very nicely located in the city centre of Utrecht. Very nice building, good rooms, nice breakfast, friendly service. We will be back!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Wendyv2060, Front Office Manager at Grand Hotel Karel V
Responded Feb. 5, 2020
Dear BOSEL99, We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We try to do our best to make sure all our guests feel at home as much as possible. We will share your compliments with the team. We hope to welcome you back in the near future for another father-son weekend! With warm regards, Wendy van Espelo Front Office Manager
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Doessound wrote a review Dec. 2019
Gold Coast, Australia246 contributions75 helpful votes
Had a great room in this hotel in the main building warm and cosy. Good bed had a great sleep plenty of space with all the old world charm. Bathroom was good big bath separate shower nice toiletries. Breakfast was good great bar and it’s close to the city with everything in walking distance. Finally the staff were great very helpful with everything. A very pleasurable stay.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
2 Helpful votes
Response from Wendyv2060, Front Office Manager at Grand Hotel Karel V
Responded Dec. 23, 2019
Dear Doessound, Thank you very much for this beautiful review. We are delighted to hear that your stay with us exceeded to your expectations regarding our services and charm of the hotel. We shared your kind words with our team to motivate them to continue to deliver the same service. We hope to welcome you back in 2020! With warm regards, Wendy van Espelo Front Office Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Hotel Karel V
Which popular attractions are close to Grand Hotel Karel V?
Nearby attractions include The Queen: Real Adventure Game (0.2 km), Mysterium Escape Room (0.5 km), and Canals area (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Grand Hotel Karel V?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sarban Afghaans Restaurant., San Siro, and De Goedheyd.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Grand Hotel Karel V located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Utrecht.
Are any cleaning services offered at Grand Hotel Karel V?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Grand Hotel Karel V offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Grand Hotel Karel V?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Dutch.