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.



A refreshing wellness adventure. Immerse yourself in the elements of nature and get completely balanced. The sauna provides harmony and strengthens the immune system. Then unwind in the steam bath or invigorating jet stream bath. Swimwear is compulsory in the wellness centre. Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm


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. Every massage and every drop of caring oil revives the body. Beautician Kristel van Oostenbruggen will take you to seventh heaven with the most delicious treatments.

Monday: 11.00 – 19.00
Tuesday: 13.00 – 21.00
Wednesday to Friday: 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday: 9.00- 21.00
Sunday: 9.00 – 15.00


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.

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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!

Eating, drinking and celebrating life. That’s what culinary within Grand Hotel Karel V stands for.