Avg. price/night: £85
The Hotel Francais is a fabulous place to stay, right on the Place D’Armes in central Luxembourg City. Upon arrival at midnight after flight delays, I was greeted by a friendly staff member who gave me an excellent room on the fourth floor overlooking the plaza. There are quick responding elevators, so there was no problem getting up to the room. Being right on the plaza is fantastic for the view and ambience. The downside, of course, is the noise from late night revelers and early morning business workers, but being in the middle of the city is worth it to experience the pace and vibe of life there. If peace and quiet is preferred, the rooms on the backside of the hotel may be better. Fortunately for me, the noise was not a bother.
Each afternoon and evening of my stay, there were summer music concerts held on the plaza, so I had the choice of sitting along with the music loving crowds at one of the plaza’s many restaurants, including the hotel’s own, or retreating to my room, where I could listen to my own private concert coming in through the window. As I was there in July during a heatwave, even at night it was too hot to keep the windows closed. On my second day there, a fan was thoughtfully set up in my room without me having requested it, so staff are attentive to their clients’ needs. There is a computer for guest use in the small lobby and staff were helpful in getting my printed copies that I sent to the printer behind the desk.
Breakfast was included with the room and it was always very good. Among the options were cereals, breads, cheeses, meats for carnivores, pastries, and boil your own eggs. I loved this, as I could cook the egg to my own taste. There is an egg cooker with water and egg holders right next to the basket of eggs. I had never experienced this option before and others also seemed confused, mistakenly cracking raw eggs taken straight from the basket into their egg cups.