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Van der Valk Hotel Houten-Utrecht
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Houten
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Brussels, Belgium
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157 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“On the road? You can't choose better”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Everything you want to find in every business hotel: very stylfull, good restaurant, lounge bar take make you stay to long, parking, all business facilitys, qualified and helpfull staff; super room with great view and top bathroom....
And all this for a more than a fair price.

Room Tip: We had a room on top floor (16). Enjoy the endless view over the Netherlands
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Chesterfield, England
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just a single night for a business course. Exceptionally clean, contemporary style. Very neat rooms with a great view from the 8th floor - it must be fabulous from the 16th. Cuisine was superb. Meeting rooms were very well appointed. Amongst the best "conference coffee" anywhere!

Organisers of meetings in the conference facilities can be assured of happy delegates; delegates can be guaranteed a warm experience. No hesitation at all in giving this place a firm positive recommendation

Room Tip: High up for a great view!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Hotel is situated in a commerical area, approx 20 mins in a taxi from Utrecht centre. There is a train station in Houten itself with a connection from Utrecht, but no taxi's outside. It is an approx 20 minute walk from the station to the hotel.

Reception were very friendly and helpful, and systems are efficient enough to remember my details from my previous visit @3 years ago. Rooms are very generous in size, layout and comfort. For a UK traveller it is always nice to have some UK tv channels (BBC1/BBC2) in addition to the usual CNN/BBC World. Bathroom includes a whirlpool bath as well as a good shower. Rooms were very clean and quiet.

For those that like exercise there is no gym, however if you run in the direction of the station there is a lot of nice paths though parkland that can make a nice circuit.

Food in the hotel is very good - both room service and breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Very good choice for business stay, out of the city but not far from the station. We also got chance to have nice bicycle tour in the surroundings, and it is better choice than walking. One sstrange thing I noticed - there are no hooks for clothes in the hall, so I had to hang raincoat in the wardrobe.

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Hasselt, Belgium
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Because of the views, rooms on floors 5 untill 16 are the most interesting.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Uden, The Netherlands
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Stayed here several times. Situated near Utrecht, with direct access to the mayor motorways. Sympathetic staff at the reception. It has a nice restaurant (though very big) with a good menu choice. The hotel is frequented by business people. From the top floors you'll find an impressive view. Rooms have enough space, a comfortable bed and a very good equipped bathroom (with jacuzzi), no tea or coffee making facilities. Rooms look clean and well taken care off. Nice car parking.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the top floors, lifts are very quick.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Utrecht
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

We chose this hotel over downtown accommodation for what appeared on the English website to be indoors pool and large gym. In no place was it mentioned that those facilities are in fact not in the hotel but in a public swimming center some good kilometers away. On top of that - it's not even free.

The receptionists agreed with us the information was misleading but decided " they can't do anything for us".

The room was large and nicely designed. Breakfast was rather poor.
In general, it seems as if they decided to focus on design rather than service. We won't be staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Van der Valk Hotel Houten-Utrecht
Address: Hoofdveste 25, 3992 DH Houten, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > Utrecht Province > Houten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Houten
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Hotel Class:4 star — Van der Valk Hotel Houten-Utrecht 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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