Hotel Utrecht


Hotelchain: Van der Valk
Location: Utrecht – Netherlands
Classification: 4 star hotel


Located near the beautiful city of Utrecht, Hotel Utrecht is a great four star hotel with excellent amenities. This brand new hotel opened only a couple of months ago and as you can expect from a Van der Valk Hotel, the hotel is luxuriously decorated and offers great facilities which I will tell you more about later.

Hotel Utrecht definitely is one of the better options if you are looking for a hotel near Utrecht. The hotel is easily reachable as it is located near the A12 highway. Right upon arrival, I was welcomed with a smile and the front desk staff told me everything I needed to know about the hotel and the facilities. I was happy to find out that as soon as I entered, I felt pampered. The interior is totally up to date, cozy chic and I immediately liked the contemporary design of the hotel. The very spacious lobby area is just beautiful.


All 185 rooms at Hotel Utrecht are comfortably appointed with all the facilities you’d expect of a four star hotel. Our room was beautifully decorated! I appreciated the comfy lounge couch and excellent bed! As usual at every Van der Valk property, each room here is very spacious and efficiently shaped.


Bathroom featured an oversized whirlpool bath tub and single sink. On top of that, the large walk-in (rain)shower was excellent!


The theme suites are just wonderful. They’re all very spacious and ultra luxurious!


I should definitely mention the gorgeous onsite indoor pool which is located on the 20th floor. As the pool is located on one of the top floors, the panoramic views are stunning. Next to the pool is the wellness area where guests can enjoy the (infrared + traditional Finnish) saunas and hammam at no additional charge. Body treatments can be booked here too. There’s also an on-site fitness facility.


Their restaurant, ‘V’ which refers to ‘Valk’, offers an international cuisine. I really like the contemporary and modern décor of the restaurant. We had dinner here and I must admit the food is outstanding as is the service. We enjoyed a wonderful salmon which was prepared exactly the way we requested. Each morning, they serve breakfast here too.


I usually really like the breakfasts at Van der Valk hotels. Hotel Utrecht didn’t disappoint at all. The large breakfast buffet was of a good quality and did offer something for anyone. My favorite was the granola with ginger.

Hotel Utrecht is a top notch four star hotel which makes part of the Van der Valk hotel chain. This very comfortable hotel offers a good location, lovely interiors and the most comfortable facilities. Highly recommended to stay here when you are looking for a nice getaway near Utrecht!

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam


Hotelchain: Deutsche hospitality
Location: Amsterdam Airport
Classification: 4 star hotel

Combine the global network of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with a first class business hotel and a luxury accommodation in a metropolitan city, then you get the best of three worlds: The Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam, one of the largest and best MICE locations in the area! The free of charge Shuttle Service will bring you to-and-from Schiphol Airport within 8 minutes. The hotel is located in the non-flying zone and next to the beautiful Amsterdam forest.

The 440 comfortable luxury rooms and suites are decorated with warm colors and are designed to maximize privacy and rest. The 15 flexible and modern meeting rooms, all with natural daylight on the ground floor, offer space for up to 620 persons for a wide range of events. It goes without saying that all meeting rooms are equipped with presentation technology and free WIFI.

It is known as one of the best hotels in the area so I was pretty excited to get the chance to experience. The hotel is located in a very modern building. The lobby is very spacious and gives a great first impression.


Check-in staff made me feel very welcome and was down to earth, not over the top which sometimes is the case at other hotels but still acting very professional. You feel at ease here, which is worth a lot… especially after a long flight!

The room I stayed in was large and of a true 4 star level. The deluxe room was recently renovated and featured a small comfy couch and a large working desk. The modern bathroom was great featuring an oversized (rain) shower which was heavenly! The room was totally up to date and decorated in a very nice way. Another great feature of the rooms: they’re all soundproof assuring you a good nights’ sleep. By the way, did you know the hotel is located in a non flying zone? That is right, I didn’t hear one plane during my stay at the hotel.

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Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam has a full Spa and wellness Center which is a great especially after long flights. The Lifestyle Club & Active Spa is pretty large featuring a great indoor swimming pool which is pretty large for hotel standards. There are also steam showers and saunas which guests can use at no additional charge. The treatment I had was one of the best massages I have had in Amsterdam. The therapist did an amazing job and I felt like walking on clouds throughout the treatment. It was so relaxing… Definitely book a treatment when you are there as you will be pampered and relaxed as never before!


At night I had dinner at Trattoria. This Italian styled restaurant offers excellent dishes in a cozy atmosphere. You could tell that the Chef is Italian. This is not just an ordinary hotel restaurant. The food they serve here is just d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. Hands down, I can honestly tell you that I had the best raw beef tartar ever! Also, the presentation was top notch! As a main course, the Monkfish which was wrapped in lardo bisque came with gamba, a foam of San Daniele and a cream of shallots. The straw potato and radicchio made a perfect combination. I must also highlight the great and personal service here. Everyone I met and spoke to was very friendly and accommodating! Thumbs up!


Another option to have a good bite and drink is their Sports & Media Bar. This pub is very cozy and the perfect place to relax and have a good chat with your fellow travelers.
I started the next day with an excellent breakfast. The Restaurant Patio is located on the ground floor next to the lobby area. The buffet is large and the quality of the food is outstanding! It will please everyone! Personally, my favorites were the pastries. They even offer some yummy apple pie. You should definitely try it out yourself.

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam is an excellent option if you are looking for a hotel near the Airport of Amsterdam. The real advantages of staying here are the gorgeous renovated rooms, the large Spa & Wellness Center with an indoor heated swimming pool and the great hospitality. Do note that they offer a very convenient and efficient complimentary shuttle service to/from the hotel which will take you to the airport in just 10 minutes. The shuttle runs 2 times per hour. So just park your car safely at the hotel and let your holiday start right away! I promise, it will be a great start of your journey! Can’t wait to return!