Hotel Simoncini Luxembourg

Location:

Hotel Simoncini is located in the centre of the historic old town just around the corner from the Golden Lady monument in Constitution Square and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg
Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg

We took Bus 16 from the airport, with a journey time of only 15 minutes to Hamilius, followed by a five minute walk to the hotel.  Please note that all public transport is free of charge throughout the entire country of Luxembourg and no tickets are required.

Arrival and check-in:

The Hotel Simoncini is the only hotel gallery in Luxembourg as the hotel lobby forms half of the building’s ground floor.  The remainder is taken up by the Galerie Simoncini, an art gallery sharing the same ownership as the hotel.

Hotel Simoncini reception
The hotel’s reception

The stylish entrance lobby has white sofas and is decorated with modern art pieces from the adjoining gallery.  We were warmly welcomed by the receptionist and within a few minutes were handed our key cards for our room on the sixth floor.  The artistic flair of the hotel is reflected in the hallways between rooms and lifts with modernistic pieces on display.

The Room:

We were booked into one of the hotel’s penthouse suites which came equipped with a spacious bedroom furnished in shades of white and cream with a wooden laminate floor.

Hotel Simoncini bedroom
Our room at the Hotel Simoncini

The room featured a large, comfortable bed with individual duvets, a flat screen television, dressing table/work desk and a large wardrobe.

Hotel Simoncini Luxembourg bedroom
Our spacious room at the Hotel Simoncini

The bathroom had a bath with shower over, fragrant Damana organic toiletries and a generous supply of fluffy bath towels with the WC housed in a separate cubicle.

Hotel Simoncini penthouse suite
The spacious living area of our suite

Moving through to the living area, this well equipped space continued the white and cream decor and comprised a sofa bed, coffee table and a dining table and chairs.

Penthouse suite at the Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg
Our spacious living / dining area

Along one wall was a well equipped kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, kettle, coffee maker, breakfast bar and stools.

Dining: 

The light and airy breakfast room is located on the first floor with windows overlooking the old town.  The buffet contained a good selection of cold meat, salad, cheese, bread and pastries.

Breakfast room, Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg
The breakfast room at the hotel

A choice of hot drinks is served to the table and omelettes, fried and boiled eggs are cooked to order.  We selected omelettes on one morning and as they had been freshly prepared they tasted delicious.

Breakfast at the Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg
Breakfast at the hotel

The hotel does not serve meals at other times of day but as there are many restaurants in the vicinity and our room had cooking facilities, we didn’t find this to be a problem.

Dinner in our room at the Hotel Simoncini, Luxembourg
Preparing a meal in our suite

We alternated between eating out and preparing meals in our suite which worked well for us.

Facilities:

Hotel Simoncini has 35 rooms, three of which are equipped to accommodate people with mobility issues.  There is a lift to all floors, 24 hour reception and a car park (additional cost).

Hotel Simoncini hotel lobby
The stylish hotel lobby

The hotel is connected to the Simoncini Gallery on both the ground and first floors and it was interesting to view the art work whilst we were staying there.

Out and About:

The city is divided into two levels with the upper part perched on a rocky plateau high above the lower town which is nestled in the Alzette river valley.

Luxembourg World Heritage old town
Luxembourg old town

The old quarter is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its large number of historical buildings and fortifications.  The majority of my suggested places to visit are within walking distance of the hotel.

Grand Ducal Palace: This was originally the Luxembourg City Hall before becoming the permanent home to Grand Duke Adolphe in 1890 and is now the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

Grand Ducal Palace, Luxembourg
The Grand Ducal Palace

Visitors can view the exterior at all times but the interior is only open during the summer months.

Notre Dame Cathedral: This magnificent cathedral took over 300 years to build and boasts three towers, stunning stained glass windows and a vaulted nave.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg
Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg

The crypt can also be visited below the church and contains the tombs of former Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg City History Museum: This excellent museum documents the thousand year history of Luxembourg.

Exhibits in the Luxembourg City History Museum
Exhibits in the Luxembourg City History Museum

The permanent exhibition ‘The Luxembourg Story’ is divided into four major periods from the city’s beginnings to the dynamic financial hub it has become today.

Pétrusse Casemates: these form part of Luxembourg’s medieval fortifications and were built around 1644 and modified 20 years later to raise their height.

Petrusse Casemates, Luxembourg
Petrusse Casemates, Luxembourg

Take a guided tour to gain a sense of their structure by walking along their winding underground paths and staircases.

Wenzel Walk: A 5.5 km walk that takes its name from Wenceslas II, Duke of Luxembourg between 1383 and 1419.  It was during his reign that the Wenzel Wall was erected to protect the inhabitants of the valley.

Wenzel Walk, Luxembourg
Wenzel Walk, Luxembourg

The walk commences from the Bock promontory then crosses the castle bridge leading up to a small fortification tower.  Continue over the remnants of the wall which was erected in 1735.

VIews from the Wenzel Walk, Luxembourg
Views from the Wenzel Walk, Luxembourg

The Corniche balcony affords some breathtaking valley views.  The walk takes visitors through the oldest parts of the city and to some of the fortress remains which were inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1994.

Pfaffenthal Panoramic Elevator: walk along the glass viewing platform and then take the lift down the 71 m glass lift to the Pfaffenthal district at the base of the Alzette valley.

Musee Dräi Eechen: housed inside the fully restored 18th century fort Thüngen and approached across a drawbridge.

Musee Dräi Eechen, Luxembourg
Musee Dräi Eechen, Luxembourg

The main gallery traces Luxembourg’s history from 1443 to 1903 and after visiting there are good views from its upper terrace.

If you plan to visit several museums whilst visiting Luxembourg, I suggest purchasing the Luxembourg Card.  These cards offer excellent value as they cover more than 70 attractions not just in the city centre but the whole country with a three day card costing only €28.

Overall: 

As the hotel is located in the heart of the historic old town it’s possible to walk to many of the key attractions and access to public transport is close by for visiting places further afield.  We enjoyed our stay at the hotel very much.  Everywhere was spotlessly clean with sleek, modern furnishings and all staff we came into contact with were helpful and friendly.

Details:

Hotel Simoncini 6, Rue de Notre Dame L-2240 Luxembourg

During our stay we were guests of Visit Luxembourg and as always all views and opinions are my own.

 

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37 thoughts on “Hotel Simoncini Luxembourg

  1. Glad to have found you again. This post brings back fond memories of my 2014 visit. The hotel was the King George, high up against Constitution Square. The Ducal Palace, Wenzel Walk and Petrusse were definitely highlights then. There was also the joy of walking from the Square to downtown, with family-friendly carnival going on, right in the Financial District-of all places! Luxembourg is definitely worth a return, when I go back to Europe in 2025.

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  2. A beautiful hotel in a beautiful place Marion. When I was younger, I failed to see the value of being self contained with a kitchen, but then Covid came along. Having the ability to prepare and eat at least some meals in the room is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  3. This hotel looks nothing like the ‘normal’ hotel rooms at all … and I really like that! Having your own area to prepare meals is such a great option! And like you said, the availability of viewing art in the hotel is a bonus. Oh, and once again I just had to gasp at the fact that public transport in Luxembourg is free! Thanks for sharing Marion – enjoy your weekend!

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  4. A minimalist style, but chic hotel in the center of Luxembourg! Also glad to read about things to do and see in town. I plan to be visiting the country this spring when I return to Europe, so your posts come in handy! Glad you had a wonderful time, Marion. 🙂

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  5. It’s great that you had a kitchenette in the room, Marion, I love having that extra option of preparing my own food on holiday if I so choose. Having an art galley within the hotel sounds like a wonderful idea, with an extra bonus of all the art around the hotel. I imagine that they sell quite a few pieces to the guests?

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    1. Kitchenettes are such a bonus and we like them for the option of eating in some evenings. The hotel was right in the centre and with its associated gallery, a very attractive place to stay. There often seemed to be people looking around the gallery and I liked it that the galleries continued around the hotel. Thanks for your interest.

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    1. It’s great that all Luxembourg public transport us free and you don’t even need a ticket. The hotel makes for a lively base in the city centre and with some rooms having kitchenettes we found it offered more flexibility as we didn’t want to eat our every night. Thanks for your interest.

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    1. Yes I agree, it’s versatile to have cooking facilities available as sometimes it’s just nice to relax with a home cooked meal. The hotel is in a very central position and served a very tasty breakfast. Thank you for your kind words and interest. Marion

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  6. Yet another lovely hotel, Marion, in a country I have yet to visit. I love hotel rooms with little kitchenettes where you can prep food – it helps you take your travel budget further and an in-room kitchen can make a hotel room feel like home — even on the other side of the world. I didn’t know that all public transport is free of charge throughout the entire country of Luxembourg. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks Aiva for your kind words and interest in this post. It’s a real bonus that all public transport is free in the Grand Duchy and you do t even need to purchase a ticket. The hotel was spotlessly clean and a real bonus to have its own kitchenette so we could prepare our own meals on some nights.

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