Grand Hotel de Vianden
6 Rue De La Gare, Vianden, 9420, Luxembourg
Great stay in Vianden
Stayed in this hotel 3 nights first week September 2010. It was fairly basic with the tiniest ensuite but we had a great view from the bedroom to the Castle. Staff were always busy, efficient and polite. We had dinner, bed and breakfast and with a four course dinner,sometimes it was too much! Beds were made up each day, but bed linen was not changed. Towels were changed daily. Usually in a hotel there is a supply of complimentary shower gel and shampoo for the appropriate number of days but this consisted of one small sachet for our whole stay, so glad we brought our own. A card was given to each person which had a list of items from the bar. When you ordered a drink you had to have your card to have it marked and this was to be paid for at the end of our stay. No price was marked on the card to indicate the price of drinks and the member of staff couldn't tell us. Being canny Scots we insisted on knowing what we were paying before we ordered drinks. Whisky, although decent measures were £6 or £7 so that could have meant a frightening bill at the end of the stay for some people. The food and location made up for any minor niggles. Vianden itself is magical and is a good base for seeing Luxembourg.
I would recommend the hotel as long as you are looking for basic accommodation (perhaps other rooms are better) and certainly the food did them proud.
Unique Quality: Our view was great - but others faced the main road in the rooms with balconies.
Directions: Going out of the town, with the bridge and Victor Hugo statue behind, hotel is on the left side, about 300 yards with the river on right.
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