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Our travels recently took us to the tiny country of Luxembourg, the only remaining sovereign grand duchy today. Landlocked between Belgium, Germany, and France, and with Grand Duke Henri as its current head of state, Luxembourg has one of the highest Gross Domestic Products (GDP) per capita at Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), making it one of the richest countries in the world.
Having recently done our share of cubicle-dreaming over the possibility to win a round-the-world trip with Sofitel Hotels & Resorts and researching our accommodation options, we ended up at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal, overlooking the old town of Luxembourg and the Pétrusse valley.
Be aware that there are two Sofitels in Luxembourg City; Le Grand Ducal and Europe. The Sofitel Europe is on the Kirchberg Plateau, a business area with lots of offices and European Institutions about 2km from the city centre. If you don't have a reason to be in the area, we'd probably pick the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal for location and ease of access to the old town.
Probably most travelers to Luxembourg--that little European nation sandwiched between Belgium, France and Germany--would prefer to stay in the city center, near the European Union action and museums. But if the inner city hotels are too pricey, or, as often happens, booked out by European Union officials, then a really reasonably-priced alternative is the Campanile Hotel Luxembourg on the outskirts of the city.
Nothing about Luxembourg is big, so the distance into the city center is negligible if you have a car. The Campanile usually offers cheap internet rates and other special deals: for example, at the moment they're running a 2 rooms for 89 ($130) deal, where four people can stay on weekends for a per person rate that sounds more like a youth hostel fee than a reasonable hotel. You can also get 45 ($65) deals for one room on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights if you book more than 30 days ahead.
Why so cheap? Well, you can guess by the name that it's very near the airport, but we can assure you that the Luxembourg airport is not a busy one. As for the hotel itself, it doesn't get rave reviews from visitors, but not many complaints either. It is however extremely hard to find any decent photos of the place.
But at the end of the day, the Campanile is a solid value-for-money kind of proposition, with Wifi, large buffet breakfast, free parking and a restaurant open for both lunch and dinner if you don't make it into the city.
· Hotels in Luxembourg [HotelChatter]
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K jaunts to Luxembourg...in her mind. Enjoy.
Since I heard the (apparently true) rumour that Luxembourg holds the record for beer drinking, I've been contemplating a holiday there to try and check this story out in person. When in Luxembourg ... it looks like the Sofitel Luxembourg will provide me with the 5-star comfort I'll need after spending a night or two testing the local beers.
Being walking distance from the city center (read: from the pub) is a key consideration, yet the Sofitel is still far enough out of downtown to be quiet on the morning after. A number of recent guests make mention of the extra-large and extra-comfortable beds, also an important factor for sleeping off my consumption of record-breaking beer. And they even do room service breakfast at no extra cost.
As far as sightseeing goes, there are a few nice things to see in Luxembourg and walking from the Sofitel into town gives a nice view of the gorgeous bridges. Seems like a good combination to me: a comfy hotel, a few beers, and a another tiny country to add to the brag list of where I've traveled.
· Sofitel Luxembourg reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Biggest Drinking Destination: Luxembourg [Jaunted]