a VirtualTourist member from Philadelphia
Our hotel in Utrecht is on Westplein. It is close to the station we will arrive at from the airport. There is a shopping mall, 'Hoog Catherine'. This mall is built over the station, I think. Does the station connect directly to the mall and can we get to 'Park Plaza' hotel by going out through the mall? It looks like it is close but looks can be deceiving. The hotel said we should go through a tunnel to get to the hotel.
The Hoog Catherijne does indeed connect with the station. You come upstairs from the platforms and there it is, the biggest mistake in urban design in The Netherlands since WW II.
Your hotel is practically overlooking the tracks on the other side of the tracks from the center of town.
If you don't see any signs directing you to Westplein, ask any shopkeeper in the station----they surely speak English.
select "Plattegrond" for a local map