Discover Benelux, Issue 35, November 2016

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Luxury in Luxembourg: the best of high-end hoteliers TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS  |  PHOTOS: SOFITEL LUXEMBOURG EUROPE

The five-star Hotel Sofitel Luxembourg Europe is conveniently located on the Kirchberg Plateau, north of Luxembourg City’s centre. Its prime location means it is close to the Kirchberg Conference Centre, and the MUDAM Art Museum and Luxembourg Philharmonic are also within walking distance. The hotel is organised around a stunning central glass atrium that gives an abundance of natural light. Sofitel Luxembourg Europe counts 109 spacious and elegant rooms, including nine suites. The suites offer pillow menus, luxurious rain showers, Hermès toiletries and superb panoramic views across the city. The complex has two high-end restaurants, encompassing Italian and Black Forest cuisine. Award-winning Oro e Argento serves the best of Italian food in a Venetian-style room. In Le Stübli, guests sample Luxembourgish cuisine in a cosy chalet setting. There are also two vibrant areas for drinking and socialising: stylish whisky and cocktail bar SixtyFour°, and cosy cigar room Havana Lounge.

But what sets the Sofitel Luxembourg Europe apart from other five-star hotels? “Our staff are exceptionally dedicated and passionate about our guests. Despite being a large hotel, people feel at home here. We have developed the ‘Cousu Main’ culture: understanding guests, fulfilling their emotional needs, making them happy,” says the general manager MarieHélène Onursal. A key benefit is the hotel’s location within the business quarter, close to the city centre. For nature lovers, there are attractions such as caves and canals nearby. Another factor to the hotel’s success is its international atmosphere. “SixtyFour° bar provides some Anglophone culture, while our restaurants offer diverse foods,” says Marie-Hélène Onursal. Adding to its multinational character, every three months the hotel hosts an art exhibition with local and international artists. It also regularly organises themed evenings, such as Japanese whisky tasting sessions, or the cigars dinner taking place every last Thursday. Other events are organised around particular

products, with highlights including the asparagus festival and fondue party. Like the hotel’s Facebook page to stay informed about events. Sofitel Luxembourg Europe boasts stylish conferencing facilities and a business centre and frequently hosts events such as weddings, staff parties, formal and informal corporate meetings and Saint Nicholas celebrations. There is a fitness centre available 24 hours a day for hotel guests. Even if you are not spending the night at the hotel, it is worth a visit for its top-notch restaurants, facilities, bars and beautiful views.

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