We stayed at the Hotel for two nights, enjoying some time off in the centre of Holland.
The hotel is located in the middle of an commercial park, but don't let this put you off! Utrecht is a very busy city and it took us 45' just to cross it on a Saturday, so we were glad we stayed in Houten where you're emmidiately on the right roads for exploring the wonderfull countryside.
Because of its height and red colour, the hotel can be spotted from a distance and it's nice to have this reference point. it has 3 business floors and 16 hotelroomfloors. Our 10th floor had 12 rooms, so this makes the corridors quiet and short.
The lobby is really impressive and beautifull decorated! It's spacious and the colourscheme of black and purple gives it a luxiourious feeling. It makes the white furniture look very attractive.
We were welcomed by two very friendly ladies at the frontdesk and check-in was wery quick. They advised us to book a table at the restaurant because on weekends it can be fully booked. Be sure to do this also, because the restaurant was indeed very busy and it also attracts a lot of people from Houten and Utrecht and on both nights we were there it was sold-out, even though it is big. We didn't dine outside the hotel because of it's location.
The restaurant itself is big and busy, but the decor is beautifull! Same colours here with black and purple, and a touch of white. The golden "flowerball" chandeliers look amazing.
The ligting is superb which wmakes this big dining room look cosy. Also, the clever layout with sections, still gives you your own little private diningspot. It was somewhat noisy, the moment all of the tables were occupied, but we could still talk.
Our meals on both occasions, were excellent. The food was great and the prices are very interesting. The dishes also looked marvellous and they tasted the same.
Service in the restaurant however, can be better. They're almost all young girls who need to learn a lot more about waiting tables: they lack experience. I suppose a lot of the business travellers will be annoyed by this. So were we sometimes: how they poor in wine before having it tasted; our menucard was dirty, the table wasn't cleaned properly, they have no idea what a dish on the menu contains, etc...
We had a luxury room with spa bath, though we didn't use it. The room itself is big! The beds are big and comfy. The room is modernly decorated but also in dark tones which makes it look really sophisticated. Bathroom is big also! The ceilings are high and this gives the room a light feeling about it. The major asset is ofcourse the view! Being the only tall building in the area gives you an amazing view. Luckily the window is big enough for you to enjoy it to the maximum.
It has a big flatscreen tv with a lot of tv-stations. They also offer coffee- and teamaking facilities. The room is almost perfect: just the closetspace is very limited, also because of the businesslike clientele I suppose.
We had breakfast included in our deal. It would be a shame to not have it included, because it was great: warm and cold dishes, 8 different fruit juices, great coffee (they even offer coffee "to go"), nice choice of bread, eggs and omelets cooked a la minute. Having breakfast there is a real treat and should not be missed. So try to get it included in the roomprice, I believe it was rather expensive to book the day itself.
Overall I would definately recommend this great hotel if you're looking for a place to stay near Utrecht. Service in the restaurant (and thus also at breakfast) can and must be improved but that is my only negative remark. Everything else was just wonderful!
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