Grand Hotel Karel V


Geertebolwerk 1
3511 XA Utrecht
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A 14th-century monastery in central Utrecht. Grand Hotel Karel V was once home to medieval knights, priests, and emperors. Today it is one of the city’s most surprising hideaways. Step into a monument that is set around a striking inner garden. Wander through heritage, unwind in the spa and indulge in sparkling gastronomy at the foot of the Dom tower. Explore the stories of an iconic retreat, all tucked away on an urban estate with over 650 years of history.

Grand Hotel Karel V, is a 5-star hotel with an international reputation for elegant hospitality. Enjoy the personal attention from enthusiastic and friendly staff in relaxed and stylish surroundings. Sample the delightful culinary surprises created by our exuberant chefs. 

In 1999, Grand Hotel Karel V successfully opened its doors in one of Utrecht's most well-known listed buildings in the historic city centre. Since then, guests have made their way to the Geertebolwerk to stay in one of the magnificent hotel rooms or suites. This is combined increasingly often with a business or festive gathering in one of the thirteen monumental halls. As you would expect from a five-star hotel, all of the rooms, suites and halls are stylishly decorated and elegantly furnished. Then there is the Restaurant Karel 5, the informal Bistro Karel 5 and the exclusive Wellness with opportunities for fitness training. Our service is another singular experience: highly personal with stars.

Restaurant Karel 5:
Enjoy refined dishes and good wine in the Restaurant Karel 5. Take your seat in the stylish room with wonderful details such as large mirrors and the beautiful mantelpiece with the imperial motif above it: the two-headed eagle. Maître and sommelier Johan Kragtwijk will receive and attend you, from aperitif to digestive. Chef de Cuisine Vito Reekers and his team prepare superb dishes to savour in this friendly atmosphere in Restaurant Karel 5. Come and try it for yourself!

Bistro Karel 5: 
Tasty, affordable food in a friendly environment, with the two of you or on your own, with friends or for a business meeting. Everyone feels right at home in the former monastery kitchen, one of the oldest kitchens in the Netherlands, or in our authentic Bistro room with a view of our wonderful Bistro outdoor café. Bistro Karel 5 means enjoying delicious dishes prepared with fair regional produce. When the weather is nice, we can serve your aperitif, lunch or dinner at the large Bistro outdoor café or the magnificent Garden Terrace nearby.



Accessibility Visitors with a visual impairment No facilities Wheelchair users and visitors who have difficulty walking Facilities are accessible Visitors with a hearing impairment sign language interpreter on request Visitors with a guide dogs Allowed