When heading to a new city or place, we always like to have some idea of how the accommodation is in that particular city. In Paris, we researched extensively the different options. When in Laos, we already had a fair idea about accommodation prices and thus didn’t need to do too much more research. For Luxembourg, I hit up the usual websites such as hostelbookers, hostelworld dan booking.com once more.
What was surprising about accommodation in Luxembourg is that the selection at the budget end was almost non-existent. If you wanted to book through Agoda, you had no problem finding places for 100€ or more. In the end, we found a Hostel in Luxembourg through hostelworld.
Luxembourg City Hostel as it is formally known cost us 24€ per night per person in a 6 bed mixed dorm. We didn’t know at the time, but there are other room configurations available for different prices, but these are only available by calling the hostel direct. You’ll also avoid having to pay the 10% on hostelworld if you call the hostel direct.
The hostel itself is massive. Three floors with about 10 separate dorm rooms on 2 of the floors with the entire bottom floor being dedicated to common areas such as a restaurant, lounge and bar area. Unfortunately, there is no facility for self-catering so you can’t save money by cooking yourself.
WiFi is available on the ground floor only and is frustratingly difficult to connect to. Sometimes it worked well, sometimes it just didn’t work.
The rooms themselves are large and the beds are comfortable with clean sheets and decent pillows and quilts. Each person is assigned a locker which can be locked with your own padlock. Other than that, there is a small wash basin and a table and chairs.
The entire property is very utilitarian and sterile. Think of a car dealership crossed with a hospital and you get the picture. There is absolutely no warmth in the place despite it being well designed and clean. It’s just that everything is so bland and functional that no sense of passion comes through in the structure. Normally I wouldn’t mention such a thing, but the absolute lack of warmth in the structure really makes it feel quite depressing.
Facilities are so functional that showers turn off automatically after 20 seconds, doors slam shut in order to comply with fire regulations and not a single picture or decorative piece adorns a single wall. It’s as if an engineer with no eye for the aesthetic designed the place and hoped that an interior designer would come along and spruce things up a bit but the interior designer just never came.
Whatever the case, it’s this utilitarian feel that makes Luxembourg Backpacker Hostel a bit of a disappointment in my books. As well as the price which is quite high.
Not that you have a choice, of course. There is only one hostel in Luxembourg and this is it. It does the job just fine, but just don’t expect to have the time of your life.