Luxembourg: Where to Stay & Eat!
By Tillie Eze
It’s time to take you to a warmer place in time, where the sun is kissing your skin and short sleeve maxi dresses are a closest staple – summer. New York has been deathly cold and there’s no other place I’d rather be than walking past than the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg enjoying a tasty cone. Now that I think about it, I’d love to recreate that entire trip if possible. But because we can’t turn back time, yet, let me tell you a few places you must try when in Luxembourg next!
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The Moselle Region
The Moselle region is home to many wonderful things of Luxembourg –
steep hills, plethora of vineyards, it’s the birthplace of Luxembourg wines, filled with fruit trees for juices, liqueurs and schnapps, but more importantly, for this story, it’s home to Hôtel l’Écluse.
An eco-friendly and sustainable designed hotel, Hôtel l’Écluse has created an environment of luxury and beauty, without harming the earth around us. Every year an enormous number of spas, salons, and hotels open worldwide. Many ignore the necessary steps to produce an arena that doesn’t destroy nature around us for the sole purpose of appeasing guests, while others scale back to offer a more natural feel, ultimately skimping on what makes a hotel so special.
L’Écluse has found the perfect balance for both, by utilizing the resources of the region to make the visit special for tourists and those native to the area.
Hotel Hotspot Hôtel l’Écluse
Room With A View
Each room and suite is designed with a terrace providing picturesque and panoramic views of the Moselle River or even the vineyard behind the hotel.
Accented with psychedelic throws and pillows, neon hues and customized special wardrobes, each room makes use of as much as possible. Frosted glass bathrooms allow for light to come through, without showing the person in the bathroom. But don’t feel you need to stay cooped up in your boudoir to relax. The hotel’s wellness area has three saunas, fitness equipment, a swimming pool when you want to be outside in the sun or an 18-hole green for those who find golf relaxing.
A few floors down enjoy a local crémant, specialty cocktail or full gourmet meal from their in-house restaurant, Pier29 paired with wines from their wine cellar.
Make a seminar or event extra special in the lavish event space. Perfect for parties, how-to classes, or week long trainings, the room has space for over 50 guests, a full range kitchen and high tech electronic capabilities.
Or bask in the culture nearby. Not far from the European Schengen Museum, Chateau de Schengen and along the ‘Route du Vin’, it’s the ideal and calm oasis away from the stressors of the city. Only opened a little over a year, Hôtel l’Écluse has quickly grown to a recognized landmark of the region.
Da Lonati [Ristorante · Amici]
An Italian restaurant housed on the bottom floor of Le Clervaux Boutique & Design Hotel in Clervaux, Luxembourg, offering Italian cuisine, in an inviting and stylishly designed atmosphere.
With splashes of greys, blacks and reds on seating, walls and accent pieces, the light fixtures acted as contemporary centerpieces that brought the look together. But the dishes were the true stars of the restaurant.
From seafood, pasta and sauces that will have you licking the plate, Da Lonati is like stepping into Italian kitchen. My favorite dish, Insalata Da Lonati. Overflowing with smoked salmon and grilled shrimp all on a salad bed, it was built to share. Plates are very large so make sure to take a friend(s) with you.
Directly across the way is the Brasserie of Hotel Koener, a restaurant offering French dishes of quiches and cordon bleu.
Though well prepared and tasty, from what I’ve heard, I actually enjoyed the cappuccino in the green house style terrace. Ideal of those days you want to be with nature, but the weather unfortunately doesn’t permit sitting outside.
People watch as you sip a beverage of your choice, gorge on a few pastries or lounge in a bathrobe waiting for who knows what. (There actually was a man lounging in his bathrobe. I’m not sure why, but he looked comfortable.)
Pier29 at Hôtel l’Écluse
Imagine what it would be like to enjoy a meal, outside, surrounded by picturesque views of vineyards.
Now imagine that the restaurant is completely an eco-friendly, sustainable environment that composes all dishes from regional products. That scenario is Pier29.
Housed in the Moselle region of Luxembourg, Pier29 offers regional and French dishes along with a great collection of wines from lamb cuts drizzled in Provençale sauce alongside leeks and rice to cutlet of duck foie gras on a bed of polenta. Whatever the choice, you won’t go wrong.