Le Royal Luxembourg - royal accommodation in a charming city
My best tips for a lovely weekend in Luxemburg. I enjoyed staying at the luxurious Le Royal Luxembourg.
Off to Luxemburg
Luxemburg only sometimes comes to mind immediately when you think of a city break. Wrongly so, as it turned out during my short trip at the end of January. The city is a beautiful combination of old and new, with a lively cultural scene and top accommodation - Le Royal Luxembourg, a five-star property (one of the "Leading Hotels of the World") right in the centre of Luxemburg. You can quickly reach the elegant shopping streets, the old town, or a park if you feel more like nature. There are no long distances in the Grand Duchy, and public transport is surprisingly free of charge. What other country has that? In this article, I report on some of Luxemburg's attractions; another one with my personal Instagram hotspots will follow.
Culinary Delights at Le Royal Luxembourg
But first things first. I was utterly blown away by my short stay at Le Royal Luxembourg. This luxury hotel is a successful combination of tradition and contemporary style. Added to this are the attentive staff and exquisite gastronomy, which I enjoyed at breakfast (rich buffet, you can order egg dishes à la carte). In the evening, I had a delicious dinner in the modernly designed restaurant Amélys. In summer, you can dine on the terrace. However, this was out of the question in these January days, a blanket of snow lay over Luxemourg and made the city seem even more romantic,
Nightcap in the piano bar
After the delicious scallops, I treated myself to a nightcap in the piano bar, one of the hotspots in Luxembourg, this Friday evening. Jazzy live music accompanied by a glass of Chardonnay - just right for the start of an eventful weekend. The sophisticated, colourful ceiling lighting creates a cool lounge atmosphere. It's a little quieter right next door. The view from the cozy designer furniture falls on numerous illustrated books, modern art objects, and the terrace, where snowflakes fall incessantly.
Room with a view
Le Royal Luxembourg has three room categories and various suites. My privilege room was extremely spacious, chic, and cozy at the same time. I liked the small work area with a desk (Wi-Fi is free and works perfectly), the Nespresso machine (of course), and the chic bathroom. From the large, furnished balcony, the view of the nearby park was fantastic. The 210 rooms and suites were recently renovated. The semi-circular sliding door of the spacious wardrobe was also an eyecatcher. White bathrobes are available for your visit of the Health Club (or Club de Santé, as the francophones say...).
Fitness and Relaxation
Over the years, I have become a real wellness fan. So I went straight to the small health club with a swimming pool, gym, hammam, and sauna. The eye-catcher is a Buddha statue in front of a wall covered with gold-coloured tiles. The "Club de Santé" offer is completed by massages and beauty treatments (including Ayurveda) - what more could you want? I take a few laps in the illuminated pool and then enjoy a steam bath - pleasant in the frosty outside temperatures.
"After the pandemic, our guests are craving travel and wellness," says Iuliana Gana, Sales Executive at Le Royal Luxembourg. "We mainly have clients from France, Belgium, and Germany. Le Royal is a good choice for tourists and business travellers. Luxembourg is a destination with historical roots that is constantly reinventing itself," Iuliana enthuses. I get a direct impression of this during my excursions. You can take the ultra-modern tram from the rather historical center to the opposite Kirchberg in no time at all (and free of charge, as mentioned earlier).
The modern face of Luxembourg
Here - in the European quarter - the city shows its modern side. Imposing skyscrapers, first-class museums, the chic Philharmonic Hall, and great city center views. Speaking of views, the Pfaffenthal lift, with its glass platform, is a must-see. It's only a few minutes walk from Le Royal Luxembourg and offers perfect Instagram opportunities. You also have a great view of the impressive red bridge (officially called Pont Grand Duchesse Charlotte). It spans the lower town with the little river Alzette. The bridge connects the city centre with the European quarter on the Kirchberg.
Plenty of culture
Please look at some of the museums; it's worth it. I liked the Dräi Eechelen on the Kirchberg. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the centre of Luxemburg from the adjoining park. Modern, underground galleries and contemporary technology meet the old walls of Fort Thüringen from 1732; what an awesome combination. The many historical exhibits and presentations on the eventful history of this small country are absolutely fascinating.
The modern face of Luxemburg
Right next door is the Mudam (Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean), Luxemburg's museum of modern art. Together with the imposing Philharmony and the Place de l'Europe, the museums highlight contemporary architecture in Luxemburg - well worth seeing! What an excellent contrast to the neighbouring Fort Thüringen.
So there is plenty of exciting locations within easy reach of Le Royal Luxembourg. Of course, I could not list all the sights of Luxemburg City here; time was too short. But look at the very well-done site of Visit Luxembourg, which offers further inspiration for your next city trip.
Finally, here are a few Luxembourg facts:
- The capital is the largest city in the Grand Duchy, with a population of 129,000.
- Along with Brussels and Strasbourg, Luxembourg is the administrative seat of the European Union.
- Luxembourg is one of the most important financial centres in Europe
- People from over 160 nations live in the cosmopolitan city
- The borders to Belgium, Germany, and France can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car.
- Public transport is free of charge
- The native language in Luxemburg is Luxembourgish, but French and German are also widely spoken. Of course, you can also get by in English.
- Luxemburg has a modern international airport, which British Airways, Lufthansa, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, KLM, SAS, and Swiss serve. The airport is just a few kilometres outside the city centre, which can be easily reached by public transport.
- Luxemburg is almost a stress-free city - very pleasant for both strolling and driving.
Le Royal Luxembourg
12 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg
Tel +352 24 16 16 733 - Fax +352 22 29 85
E-mail: email@example.com - www.leroyalluxembourg.com
"My stay at Le Royal Luxembourg was an invitation of the hotel. However, this did not influence my evaluation in any way."
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