I chose to visit Luxembourg because the flights were cheap. I wanted to go to a new (to me) country over the last May bank holiday weekend. Despite being an expensive country, Luxembourg was actually the cheapest place to fly to at the time. Before I actually spent the £68 on return flights though, I made sure there was a hostel that I could stay in in Luxembourg City. When I had a look online, I found that the only one was Youth Hostel Luxembourg. I made sure that there were female only rooms available and booked myself a bed. I flew to Luxembourg on May 26th which was a Saturday and was due to leave on Tuesday the 29th.
Youth Hostel Luxembourg is located close to the Grund area of Luxembourg City. It’s only a short walk away from Casemates du Bock and is fairly easy to get to from the airport. The buses run pretty regularly and I managed to navigate them without a hitch when I arrived at 10pm. It was in a great location and I got to enjoy a gorgeous view of the Old Town on my way there and back. Even though it was on the other side of the city, it was still only a twenty minute walk away from the railway station.
When I got to the hostel, it was around 11pm and the staff at the front desk were changing over. We were advised to wait for ten minutes while they handed everything over. I had to queue for a while before they could check me in but this was mainly because two sets of people cut in front of me. Check in was really quick, I paid the £52 for my three night stay and collected my sheets.
The sheets are all freshly laundered and are put in plastic bags ready for the new guests. You’re required to make your bed up yourself and remove the sheets when you leave. This is a great idea, as you can easily tell which beds are free when you arrive.
I was staying in a four bed female only room. When I arrived the other three beds were occupied, so I took the top bunk. The next morning, everyone checked out, so I moved my sheets onto the bottom bunk for the next two nights. As well as the two sets of bunk beds, the room also had a desk with a chair and four lockers. The lockers required you to bring your own padlock, as most other hostels do. I was pleased to find that the lockers were more than big enough for my suitcase. There’s nothing worse than having to empty the contents of your case into a locker!
There was a small light and a plug socket next to each bed, as well as a few spare sockets around the room. We had a toilet and a separate shower room inside the room, which was great. I don’t like having to get out of bed and take my keycard out with me just to go to the toilet. The room was simple, but very clean and perfect for a short stay.
The beds were very comfortable, the only problem I had was being too hot. It was very warm while I was in Luxembourg and the window only opened a tiny bit, so there wasn’t a lot of air circulating the room. We probably could have done with having a fan in the room. I can imagine that it will be a lot hotter over the next few months. There’s also a railway bridge right outside the hostel and we had trains going past our window all night. This wasn’t a problem for me, I can sleep through anything but I can imagine some people struggling with that.
When it came to checking out, that was really simple. I just had to give me keycard in by 10am and then I was refunded my €2 key deposit. As my flight wasn’t until later on that evening, I placed my belongings in a locker by reception and collected them later on.