grand hotel karel v

About the hotel

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.


In 1348 the Knightly German Order commissioned the construction of the monastery “De Balije van Utrecht”. From what was soon called the German House, Crusaders went to the East to bring ‘the heathens’ to faith.

Emperor Karel V, ruler of Europe’s largest ever empire, attended the meeting of The Order of The Golden Fleece here in 1543. This made him the most prominent guest in the monastery and the hotel is named after him.

luscious gardens

Escape from the bustle of the city. The 10,000-square meter green oasis is a peaceful sanctuary and sets the scene for a magical stay or a moment to catch your breath. On delightful summer days, the outdoor terraces of the bistro and the restaurant are the perfect spot for a drink, a bite or a gastronomical adventure.



A refreshing wellness adventure. Immerse yourself in the elements of nature and retrieve your balance. The sauna restores harmony and boosts the immune system. Then wind down in the steam room, the solarium or the revitalizing jet stream pool. Swimwear is mandatory in the wellness centre.


Improve your strength and endurance with the latest Life Fitness equipment and weights. The gym has floor to ceiling windows letting in plenty of natural light. Re-energize at your own convenience any time of the day. Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

PUUR by Kristel

Take a short break from everyday life. Each massage and every drip of nurturing oil will revive the body. Beauty therapist Kristel van Oostenbruggen takes you to the seventh heaven with the most delightful treatments.

Monday: Closed.
Tuesday: 13.00h – 21.00h.
Wednesday to Friday: 09.00h – 17.30h.
Saturday: 09.00h – 17.00h
Sunday: 10.00h – 16.00h

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Escape the crowds after a long day in Utrecht. Sit down in the soft armchairs, browse through a book overlooking the garden or enjoy a relaxing warm bath. Timeless elegance and modern facilities; this is your very own place in the heart of Utrecht.

The rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Karel V combine monumental elegance with modern facilities for the perfect stay in the heart of Utrecht!

Eat, drink and celebrate life where the “V” changes into the “5”. Karel 5 is the culinary label of Grand Hotel Karel V.


Do you provide wellness treatments?

Yes, our beautician Kristel van Oostenbruggen takes you to the seventh heaven with the most delightful treatments. View the possibilities here.

What are the opening times of the gym?

The gym is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm. Based on availability.

What should I wear in the wellness?

Swimwear is mandatory in the wellness centre.