Widely regarded as the top hotel in Luxembourg and located within walking/rolling distance of the UNESCO-listed city center, the 5-star Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal is conveniently situated for tourists and business travelers alike. Travelers will find many restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, museums, and the city’s central train station right nearby.
In addition to its desirable location, the Sofitel Grand Ducal is modern, luxurious and wheelchair accessible. The hotel and Visit Luxembourg hosted me on a recent press trip, and I have written this review to give you an inside look at the hotel’s accessibility.
Room Rates & Reservations
Hotel room rates in Luxembourg are typically expensive across the board, and the Sofitel is no exception. The screenshot of room rates for a sample week shared below is consistent with the averages for room rates across the entire year.
Luxembourg City attracts business travelers from the financial and tech sectors. The city is also home to the European Court of Justice and the Secretariat of the European Parliament, which brings a large number of travelers on government business.
Weekends provide the best deal for visiting Luxembourg City, and there is great value to be found for two- and three-day weekend trips, both at hotels and for airfare.
Accessible rooms are available at the lowest-priced room category. While you can make a reservation online, you’ll then need to confirm the accessible room with the hotel directly, or by calling the Accor Hotels service center at +1 (855) 799-6633. There is no option to confirm the accessible room type directly on the hotel website.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Room
My wheelchair accessible hotel room at the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal was comfortable and spacious. The decor was beautiful, and the large windows offered a nice view towards the city.
The bed height came in at 24 inches, but could be slightly reduced by removing some of the bedding. The bed was very soft and plush, with four pillows. I slept extremely well in the bed, but my desire to explore the city got me up each morning!
There was space for my wheelchair on all sides of the bed, but some wheelchair users may need to have the desk moved slightly out of the way. To accommodate my large power wheelchair, I had to have it moved a couple inches toward the window.
A long hallway and glass shower enclosure are pictured in the second photo above. This guest room is unique in that it has a standard bathroom facility, plus a separate accessible bathroom facility. The accessible bathroom is located at the end of the room’s interior hallway.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom
The accessible bathroom/wet room is large and met my individual needs almost perfectly.
The bathroom sink was easy to roll under, and the mirror was angled to allow visibility for wheelchair users. The mirror’s angle could be adjusted to suit guests of varying heights. The toilet had two folding grab bars, which offered a lot of flexibility for transfers.
The roll-in shower had a built-in seat, water controls within reach and a handheld showerhead. It lacked horizontal grab bars, however, which would have made me feel safer in using the facility.
Folding the wall-mounted shower seat up and out of the way provides additional space for using a personal shower chair in the wet room. The adaptability of this bathroom to accommodate any number of accessible needs was its greatest feature.
The hotel’s restaurant, Mu Luxembourg, is located on the top floor and provides striking views of the city.
Many room rates include the buffet breakfast. The Sofitel’s buffet offering was one of the most diverse and complete that I have found in Europe, and it was a fantastic way to start the day.
Half-board and full-board options are also sold, and each meal can be enjoyed from a table right by the window. The cuisine is all high-quality, which is typical of the Sofitel brand.
Location & Transportation
No matter where you want to go in Luxembourg City, it’s all easy to access from the Sofitel. Walk/roll for 10 to 15 minutes across the Old Bridge and you’ll be right at the Cathedral Notre-Dame, Golden Lady obelisk/statue, Place Guillame II, Grand Ducal Palace and much more. Walk 10 minutes in the other direction, and you’ll be at the central train station offering connections across Western Europe.
A city bus stop right in front of the hotel connects guests to the airport in 15 minutes (bus #29), the train station in 5, and the cathedral in 5. Luxembourg a small city that is easy to navigate with an accessible public transport system.
When visiting a new city for the first time, especially one as historic as Luxembourg City, I often find myself nervous about accessibility. Will the hotel meet my needs? Will I be able to get around? Will the sidewalks and public transport be easy to use?
Luxembourg City answered these questions with a resounding yes, and the accessible Sofitel Hotel had a lot to do with that. By meeting nearly all of my accessibility needs for accommodation and sending me off with lots of energy thanks to a delicious breakfast, I was able to make the most of my time in Luxembourg. If, based on my review, you find that the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal hotel will meet your individual needs, I wish you an enjoyable stay and lovely weather in what is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.