Sandton Malie Hotel Review – Simply Charming

Approaching the Sandton Malie Hotel



When the cab dropped my husband and me at the Sandton Malie Hotel (Utrecht), we were surprised and delighted with its location.  We began our first visit to Utrecht at the train station and a ride through the city brought us to this beautiful, quiet hotel that was simply, charming.  Sandton Malie Hotel is housed in a stylish 19th century building and is an icon in this leafy district.  It’s business card states: “ Small enough to care” and we found this to be very accurate during our stay.  With 45 rooms, it was just the right size to offer old-fashioned hospitality with modern comfort in a unique location.  Business and private guests are sure to enjoy the air-conditioning and free Internet service.  We certainly did.

Whimsical pictures in the lobby


Entering the hotel, we found the lounge area inviting, with whimsical paintings on one wall and a wall of bookcases filled with books on the opposite wall.  We were warmly greeted by the receptionist, Cindy Lafeber, and given instructions about the room and the hotel routines.  And after we were settled in our room, she was available to offer dinner suggestions and answer questions about the lock for the room safe.  This was the cleverest device we had ever seen.

The library


Entering our room, we were delighted with its size and comfort.  Everything was arranged to be “user friendly” with space efficiently used.  The desk was a perfect place to use the computer.  The TV was in the perfect location to watch it easily from the chairs or from the bed.  The bathroom was safe and easy to use with room to place our toiletries.  The clothes storage unit was a greatl design and the lights were set up to be easy to use and perfectly placed.

Comfortable beds



A safe, user friendly bathroom


We went back to the lobby and explored other parts of the hotel finding a bar, an area where breakfast was served and a lovely garden but we were looking for a place to get dinner. Cindy recommended a restaurant a few blocks away, called “De Kust”, which she said meant “The Coast” in English.  It was a beautiful night and as we walked we noticed how lovely and green the area was.  We easily spotted the restaurant very near the bus stop.

The bar



Luckily, there was one table for us.  The restaurant was packed and what struck us immediately was how happy everyone seemed to be.  (We mentioned this to our guide the next day and he said, in fact, Utrecht has measured fourth in the world as having the happiest people.)  Our servers were friendly and helpful and their English was perfect.  My husband enjoyed his sea-food jambalaya immensely and I was thrilled that my vegetarian beet ravioli, (there were several vegetarian choices) was delicious.  We marveled at the yogurt dessert.

Back at the Malie Hotel, we settled in and found the beds comfortable and our room quiet.  I was intrigued to learn that this hotel began as a grand manor, became an facility for the elderly and was then converted to a hotel about 28 years ago. The next day we arose rested and ready to enjoy the complete and plentiful breakfast waiting for us.  The garden just outside beckoned to us but we enjoyed looking out and chose not to take our food outside.   Shortly after breakfast, we had an opportunity to enjoy some of the delights of Utrecht which you can read about in a separate article, “Utrecht, Netherlands Review – A City with Strong Medieval Roots”.

A wonderful breakfast


The Sandton Malie Hotel website offers the following suggestions:

“There are a wide variety of museums in Utrecht such as the National Museum from Musical Clock to Street Organ, the Central Museum, the Catharijneconvent [national museum of religious art] and the Railway Museum. The lively city centre with its unique quayside terraces, the Dom Tower and the fine canals are really worth a walk. The same applies to the Zadelstraat and the Lijnmarkt where you'll find beautiful antique shops, trendy and stylish fashion shops, surprising gift shops, widely stocked bookshops and much more. Would you like some peace and quiet? Walk on a little further to the fine courtyards and squares along the canals and the Nieuwegracht. Utrecht is indeed in so many respects a fascinating place to visit.

The smallest province in the Netherlands, but also one of the most varied. Walkers are treated to the woods of the Utrecht Heuvelrug, the stately country houses along the river Vecht and the tranquil polder in the west of the province, the edge of the Green Heart, where you can walk for miles without meeting a soul.

Utrecht is also unique from a cultural-historical point of view. It has more castles, forts and country estates than anywhere else. The Hollandse Waterlinie [Dutch Waterline] runs right through the province. Although the line has not been used since the Second World War, a large part is still intact.”

Eating in the garden?


Our stay at the Sandton Malie Hotel was responsible for a delightful stay in Utrecht and we look forward to an opportunity to return.

Sandton Malie Hotel
Maliestraat 2
3581 SL Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)302 316 424
Fax: +31 (0)302 340 661
[email protected]u
www.sandton.eu/utrecht
www.sandton.eu

De Kust
F.C. Dondersstraat 2
3572 JG Utrecht
T 030 2723 222
www.restaurantdekust.nl
[email protected]

Photos: Leon Keer

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