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GRAND HOTEL KAREL V UTRECHT: The Home of Classical History @HotelKarelV

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor June 11th, 2016 Posted in Europe Travel Blog, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog 40 Comments

“Am I in another country? No, that could not be possible. I just travelled by train for 30 minutes.”

The crazy lines running on my mind when I arrived in Utrecht. The crowd from The Netherlands’ capital faded. And I finally realised how clever it was to visit another city in Holland where genuine tranquillity can highly be felt. My only regret was I stayed so short in Utrecht. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it as I was accommodated by the city’s first luxury hotel – the Grand Hotel Karel V.

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From a historical Teutonic House with a Military Hospital, the Grand Hotel Karel V’s location has been showcasing vast memories since 1348. It was in 1998 when the hotel officially got its name to start giving the guests from all over the world a true experience of luxury accommodation.

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Core point to know: Karel V or Charles V, who was declared as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1520, stayed in Grand Hotel (then Teutonic House) when he attended a meeting of the Grand Chapter of the Golden Fleece in 1546.

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Know more about rich history of Grand Hotel Karel V’s site here.

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Classical yet contemporary! The spacy room provided for my one night stay at Grand Hotel Karel V is nothing but exceptional.

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The room is located in the very end of the floor where I could enjoy the long carpet way from the elevator. It could be the same feeling where artists or royalties walk in a red carpet. I am fascinated with the royal vibe which I can be a Princess for some moments. All thanks to Grand Hotel Karel V.; that childhood dream came into reality!

Inside the room is a well-thought division of every guest’s needs.

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The long table for is professional enough to lay your laptop and do your things.

Just beside the table is a huge closet to freely fix your stuff.

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The symmetrical arrangement of the bathroom is inviting for long shower session.

What is better to do than sleeping after a refreshing shower?

Designed with the classy cloth connected from the mini roof was the most refined bed I had. Blended with the call of modernity, a flat screen TV is attached just in the foot of the bed, which you can turn in a side of your convenience.

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To check more of Grand Hotel Karel V’s room offerings, check its website or visit Booking.com.

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From wellness and fitness to places for gatherings, Grand Hotel Karel V offers services and facilities that will surely satisfy the visitors’ needs.

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I just had a quick snap of the Hotel’s Wellness corner located in the Roma Wing. With jetstream bath, fitness equipment, solarium, sauna, steam bath, and beauty salon, you can easily find a spot to pamper yourself.

Grand Hotel Karel V can also cater gatherings to their modish and grand 13 function rooms, auditorium, 10,000 m2 courtyard garden, brasserie and to its bar and restaurant.

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The glamorous area for dining.
The glamorous area for dining.

Formerly used as Monastery, the Grand Restaurant Karel V gives wide selection of food and wine. Headed by Chef Vito Reekers, the traditional taste is perfectly blended with today’s culinary expectations.

Guests can also enjoy the dish of their choice in the Garden in the middle of the Hotel.

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Smiles stay free yet luxurious at Grand Hotel Karel V.

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Every staff is trained with great hospitality and professionalism so expect your stay as smooth as its best.

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Situated in the heart of the Utrecht, Grand Hotel Karel V keeps a mix of dynamic and unruffled ambience with shops, chic and relaxing cafes and restaurants surround the vicinity while the garden lies in the hub of the hotel.

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Dubbed as the beating heart of The Netherlands, Utrech preserves the medieval vibe and offers excellent architecture, charming canals, and amusing museums.

Note: Grand Hotel Karel V provided a night of complimentary stay but the views written on this article are my own.

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To Nuremberg: A Letter to the City I fell in love and will forever beJessica Ayun is a Freelance Writer who writes if 5-10 cups of coffee  a day will be served. She used to work as a TV Researcher but her feet are always curious to  step into new places so she decided to work in the communities of Visayas and Mindanao as  a  Documenter for almost two years, through a non-government organization (NGO). She tries to see the “real  happiness” in  every person she meets and every place she goes to. She will always choose mountains than beaches.

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40 thoughts on “GRAND HOTEL KAREL V UTRECHT: The Home of Classical History @HotelKarelV

  1. Nothing to ask more for a real classical experience at Grand Hotel Karel V. Must check this when I go to Utrecht.

  2. The place looks really neat and grand indeed. I love that the bed looks cozy enough and if you decide to be lazy, you can just turn the tv facing you. The area of their health wellness corner looked really awesome too and very inviting for a swim.

    I just noticed that the hotel doesn’t really have any guests walking around. Is it really that empty or was it just a quiet day?

    1. Cool points, Dominic. I do love the television set up. During my stay, it was actually quite busy but I had a private tour with the amazing marketing team of Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht and we visited mostly of the conference rooms for events. 🙂

  3. Utrecht is a beautiful city and this is a beautiful hotel! Don’t remember seeing this when I visited last year!

    1. Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht is actually located just minutes away from the city center. Hope you can visit Utrecht again and check the Grand Hotel Karel V.

  4. I will also feel like a princess with a room like that. What i love about this is they kept the medieval, sophisticated look while mixing the modern vibe in the rooms. The dining area looks divine I would love to taste the food there. Definitely worth your experience given the short time you spent on that place. This would be added on my bucket list of places to visit.

    1. Thank you, Kim. I know you will be in Utrecht, soon. As the location of Grand Hotel Karel V played an essential role in the past, it’s great to maintain the classical mood in the place, complementing with the artifacts displayed around the hotel, but not sacrificing the up-to-date amenities. 🙂

  5. This is a hotel of my gusto 🙂 I am original from near the dutch border , have spend lots os time all through Holland ( as we call the netherlands ) There are so many amazing old buildings , chalets or monestries turned into hotels . Maastricht as well is only a small , but yet so beautiful place . If Holland only came with nicer weather 😉 one of my main reasons to leave my home country , can’t stand rain , cold and grey anymore . A very nice post , amazing photos !

    1. Wow! Those are interesting information, Klaudia. Well, I came in Amsterdam with heavy rain and totally grey. Luckily upon arriving in Utrecht, the sun came out, so after checking in at Grand Hotel Karel V, I immediately went for city tour. 🙂

  6. Netherlands is definitely a dream destination. I’m glad I just didn’t learn a new place today but more so, I learned something about history. Aside from culture, I’m fascinated with the different history of places and its one thing I look forward to discover each time I travel.

    1. Then you will love the Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht, Arrianne. History is all over the hotel and blended with the current culture around its location.

  7. The place looks very posh and sophisticated. Would like to stay here for myself. hehe. The place is full history and the ambiance is soooo relaxing.

  8. How interesting to stay in a historic building. I’ve never been to Utrecht but I would like to go. I love the Netherlands. And this hotel is beautiful, especially the green pillows and curtains in the room.

  9. This hotel looks so glamorous and sophisticated! I love the drapes on the bed. The room looks really spacious. It all spells stay comfortably <3

    1. Comfort is all over the room, Karmela. Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht made sure that each room can be as huge as possible for the guests’ ultimate relaxation. 🙂

  10. I may not be the first one to say this but this place is so Instagrammable looking at every corner. I can see the historical inspiration that is poured in the hotel. How to be you po? haha

    1. Hahahaha, Karr, just be you, and I am sure you can visit Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht too and take great photos for Instagram.

  11. Never thought about visiting Utrecht before but you’ve definitely sold it to me! And that hotel looks fabulous by the way, but maybe a little out of our budget!

    1. Hi Nic! Utrecht is my favorite city The Netherlands so far. I wanted to go back there as soon as possible. Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht is definitely fabulous.

  12. The Grand Hotel looks and sounds like a great place to stay. I love the wellness corner and the bed!

    1. Hello Christine! If every you are planning to visit the Netherlands, I highly suggest Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht.

  13. What a beautiful hotel. The decor is quite grand. I love that they leave a note for their guests.

  14. What a lovely place to stay. I really love that dining room! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Wow, Lovely accommodations! I tend to stay in hostels a lot, but I could spend a few extra bucks in this one 😀

  16. What a beautiful hotel! I love that it has a historical past, too. It’s just the kind of place where I’d like to stay…

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