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“Classic historical hotel and well located”

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Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Utrecht
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New York City, New York
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“Classic historical hotel and well located”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Very conveniently located with very friendly staff. Rooms are comfy, facilities are great. Food was also delicious. Wifi also reliable. Interesting old building to explore. Room is spacious. The style of the decor isn't really my style, but it's good considering that the style matches the old historical building (very classic look). Don't get me wrong, the hotel is modern, it's just that the furniture aren't particularly of my liking,

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Rooms are nice and big in the main house or in the new building. Cellar bar is fine, bistro is not my choice, no athmo. Our bed had a worn out mattress, but beside that service was very helpful, nice breakfast and great location.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Been there for one night.
Me and the family has only excellent recommendations.
Location, atmosphere, service, rooms
Everything
I don't know if there are rooms with connecting doors, so check it
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

The hotel is very nice and with a unique design and located in a quiet area very close to the beautiful Utrecht city center and many restaurants and shopping. Hotel is very old with simple over utilized furniture. The bed’s matrices are completely uncomfortable and annoying during sleep. Hotel’s staff were very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The bed’s matrices are completely uncomfortable and annoying during sleep.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed here a few times over the years. The hotel has a special character and style. I found the reception staff very informative, friendly and helpful. The morning shift concierge is a superb representation of the charm and individual character of the hotel.
The hotel's interior and the gardens are historically interesting and memorable, breaking the modern tradition of bland top class chain hotels.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

A couple of years a go I had a nice stay in one of the 'historical' rooms of the Karel V hotel. Some months ago, I enjoyed a most wonderful light lunch in their brasserie (though I was in a hurry (no problem to their staff), their food and service deserve to take time to be fully enjoyed). This past week, I organized a half day conference in this hotel; and this is the reason for taking some time for this review...
I have seldom met staff that was as helpful and thoughtful in addressing the needs of their guests. While setting up a beamer and other conference paraphernalia, staff gave proof of empathy with the speakers convincing them that nothing could go wrong here. The same attitude was felt in attending the needs of our guests. This must be the fruit of training and efforts to create a typical hospitality atmosphere. No doubt they are taking customers seriously.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The location of the Karel V is wonderful and it has a beautiful courtyard. The main building is also very impressive. The staff are excellent. I have stayed here repeatedly over the past few years, both in the main building and in the so-called Roman building. The rooms are a nice size and should be comfortable, but I have the impression that the hotel is getting a bit complacent. Even in the more luxurious rooms the beds are not great and when I stayed in a standard room, the bed was a disgrace. One mattress was getting lumpy and the other one sagged. This was solved by putting a plank under the mattress (euphemistically called a "soft" bed by the reception ladies) and a spare duvet between mattress and under sheet. I have also twice had a problem with the heating in the bathroom. I notified reception and nothing happened. When I left after several nights, the heating still was not working. Then they have also apparently installed water-saving shower heads. Basically a good idea, but in some rooms these work so well that you wonder whether you can rinse off the shampoo.
All this is really a shame as it is a lovely hotel, which should be wonderful, but the infrastructure needs some attention. They should replace worn-out mattresses (and maybe some of the slightly smelly pillows at the same time), repair faulty heating and have a look at their shower heads.
As I am sometimes in Utrecht for work, I shall probably stay here again and I sincerely hope to see some improvements next time.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht
Address: Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > Utrecht Province > Utrecht
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Utrecht
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht 5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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