The Grand Departure of last year’s Tour de France in Utrecht’s charming cen- tre put the city on the map as a sight you cannot miss out on. But the suc- cess of these kinds of events generally goes hand in hand with the facilities that make visitors feel welcome. Leo Hollman, manager of Grand Hotel Karel V, gives an introduction to this boutique hotel in the heart of Utrecht. With a history dating back to its construction as a monastery in 1346, Karel V offers a luxury experience in a historic building. As well as its beautiful gardens in the city centre and delightful terraces, Karel V is only a stone’s throw away from Utrecht Centraal train station, major sights and entertainment venues.