Our first priority when we decide to go on a weekend trip is finding the perfect hotel that offers comfort and modern luxury, along with a fantastic location. If we only have a few days to check out a city, it’s integral to be within close proximity to everything we want to do. When we decided to visit Luxembourg City on a weekend trip, I immediately zeroed in on the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal as having everything we needed. Now that we’ve spent the weekend there, I can pat myself on the back for how right I was.
We flew into Luxembourg late on Friday evening and were eager to get to the hotel to check in, drop our stuff and start seeing the city. Conveniently, there’s a city bus (#29 bus – 2€ – 15 min) that picks up right in front of the airport terminal and drops off directly in front of the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal. It can’t get any easier than that! We were at the hotel within 45 minutes of landing. That has to be a new record.
Arriving at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal
The Sofitel Le Grand Ducal is not located in the city center. It’s across the valley, and has a fantastic view of the city. Before you start thinking that sounds really far away from everything, it’s not. In just a 10-minute walk, you’re right in the heart of Luxembourg City, looking back at the hotel. The great part about the location is the view, especially if you’re able to get a room that overlooks the valley.
Checking in is as smooth as it’s meant to be, and the front desk staff is all things welcoming, friendly, and helpful. They even upgraded our room so we would have a view.
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L’Observetoire for Cocktails
As soon as we dropped our stuff off in our room, and spent a few minutes marveling at the incredibly cozy bed, we headed straight up to the 8th-floor lounge, L’Observetoire, for some cocktails. The bar is open from 10:30am to 1am, and I would suggest going up there at least twice – once during the day and once at night, if just to check out the view. Of course, the cocktails are great, too. The menu is presented on a fan deck – and it’s quite extensive. It took us a good 5 minutes to decide on what to drink. Only problem is that the cocktails are expensive (≈16€), so if you want to try a few, the bill may end up shocking you.
Enjoying the Stay
I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a good night’s sleep at a hotel as I did both nights we stayed at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal. At first, I wasn’t sure it would be so easy to get to sleep, as unfortunately the bed our neighborhors had upstairs was rather squeaky (cringe), but things quieted down. The bed is topped with an extra fluffy layer of comfort, so we felt like we sank right in, and the pillows weren’t the usual deflated or rock hard pillows we find at so many hotels.
Of course, we spent the entirety of Saturday out walking around Luxembourg City and only came back to the hotel late at night, but the concierge was still on duty and more than happy to help us work out what we were going to do for dinner on Sunday night. And the hotel offered to store our bags for us on Sunday, since we didn’t have a plane to catch until 10pm.
We didn’t have a chance to eat at the restaurant, Le Etoile, but it looked very nice, and it has the same amazing view as L’Observatoire, overlooking the old quarter of town. It’s open for a few hours at lunch and again from 7pm to 11:30pm.
Breakfast is also served in the Le Etoile dining room. There are a few different choices for breakfast, including a continental breakfast, a more complete breakfast that includes the buffet and your choice of eggs, or a super fancy breakfast that cost something like 65€. We don’t usually pay for breakfast at a hotel, because it’s so much more fun to go into the city and have breakfast among the locals. I would lean toward that option at the Sofitel, as well, unless you really like your hotel breakfasts. There were plenty of things to eat on the buffet, but it wasn’t incredible for the money spent.
Overall, our stay at the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal completely met our expectations. It’s a very consistent brand and that’s why we love it. I would highly recommend staying there while visiting Luxembourg.
(Our stay at Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal was provided complimentary, as part of our trip to Luxembourg. A big thank you to Visit Luxembourg for helping us make this trip fantastic. As always, all opinions are my own.)