Grand hotel Karel V

The beginning

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.

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Utrecht’s best-kept secret

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.


Open by reservation from July 1st.

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.


Open by reservation from July 1st.

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.


By Kristel

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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.


Pure attention to body and mind. Rejuvenate and energize the skin with one of the deep facial treatments, manicures or body peelings. Then leave all your worries behind with a soothing massage.

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 13.00h – 21.00h
Wednesday: 09.00h – 17.30h
Thursday: 09.00h – 17.30h
Friday: 09.00h – 17.30h
Saturday: 09.00h – 17.00h
Sunday: 13.30 – 19.00h by appointment only for massages

If you are unable to attend your reservation, we kindly request you at least to give us notice 48 hours in advance. For reservations that are canceled in less than 48 hours, we are unfortunately forced to charge 50% of the total booking value, with a cancellation in less than 24 hours notice, 100% of the booking value will be being charged. We hope you understand that if you arrive later than the appointed time, we are obliged to maintain the scheduled end of treatment time.