After visiting Trier we returned back to Luxembourg to spend the night as all hotels in Trier where fully booked on the date we wanted to go. After looking at a number of different hotels we decided upon staying at the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal, as both Timothy and I had never stayed at a Sofitel before and where eager to try it, it was close to the station and it offered a good price-qaulity ratio.
The Hotel is located close to the Luxembourg main train station, right next to the Grund and watching out on the old city across from it. The building is integrated with the office buildings and the Novotel next door, and has rather unremarkable entrance. The lobby is bright and airy, decorated with a number of modern art works. In between the check-in desks and the elevator bank is a small table where you can have a glass of complimentary fruit infused ice water.
Our room was located on the 3rd floor, looking out onto the street and slope at the rear side of the hotel. The room comprised of a big double bed, as we requested two separate beds but the hotel did not have any such rooms they did provide two duvets on the bed instead.
Alongside the bed where slippers in a small bag, ready to step into as well as a cup with a tea bag and some water to drink before going to bed on the bedside table.
The minibar located under the right bedside table was complimentary and contained four bottles of water (two sparkling, two non-sparkling), and 1 can each of coke, coke zero, sprite and orange juice.
In the room there was also a chair with a foot stool and desk with a moveable leather desk chair. A TV was mounted against the wall on the opposite side of the bed.
There were some power plugs at the desk and another above the right beside table but none above the left bedside table and no USB outlets, so not perfect if you both want to charge your phone while in bed. The bed was very soft and fluffy and provided an excellent night’s sleep.
The bathroom was integrated into the room. The toilet was located in a separate room with a door right next to the room entrance door, the remainder of the bathroom facilities where located in the main bedroom area.
Right after the toilet you had a small corridor leading to the washbasin, on one side you had your bathrobes hanging ready for you and on the other side there was a wardrobe.
The wardrobe provided room to store your clothes, as well as a safe, an extra pillow, shoe care items, an ironing board and an iron. Also located in the wardrobe where the coffee and tea making facilities, with a proper Illy coffee machine and a separate water cooker for your hot water.
Between the wardrobe and the sink there was a full height mirror. Alongside the sink there were plenty of towels and some very nice Hermès products.
The shower was located in the middle of the room and equipped with mood lighting, the shower windows are partly frosted so you don’t get an indecent exposure while showering with another person in the room. The shower itself offered an option of a hand shower or a ceiling mounted rain shower head. I found the water to be sufficiently warm while Timothy found it not warm enough for his liking.
In the evening we went for some very nice cocktails in the panoramic bar located on the 8th floor and could enjoy some very nice views over the old town and the setting sun while sipping on some very delicious cocktails. The prices are of course higher than you would pay in an ordinary bar, but the cocktails where accompanied by some nice nibbles and an unbeatable view.
In the morning breakfast was also served on the 8th floor, in the restaurant next door to the bar. We were welcomed at the entrance and showed to a table, and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice where brought to our table.
There was a very good breakfast buffet spread, offering a number of fresh items. Of course there where hot items like bacon, eggs, sausages and American pancakes but also pasta and a tomato sauce could be found on the hot plates.
There was a big variety in cold items like meat, fish and cheese as well as a large bakery offer and some very nice fruit and other ‘healthy choices’. If you wished you could also order some eggs to your taste at a supplement.
To work off all those calories gained by drinking cocktails and eating breakfast, the hotel also offers a gym on the second floor. there are a number of machines for you work out on if you feel the need to.
All in all we had a very nice stay at the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal, it offers a perfect location to be used for business or as a base to discover Luxembourg and the surrounding region. Our first stay at a Sofitel also surprised us how polished a product offered by an Accor hotel can be and we are very much looking forward to stay in some other Sofitels in the future.
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