by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
September 16, 2000
It's located under the arch of one of Luxembourg's bridges and is surrounded by tall trees. It looks like it might have been a school at one time. One morning, I came across a fellow climbing the arch of the bridge - getting into practice for a mountain climb, I guess.
My dorm room was on the third floor and was shared with 19 other women. There were 10 bunks but the room was divided into smaller sections with 2 or 4 bunks per section. We shared a bathroom with toilet and sinks but the showers were in the basement. The showers left something to be desired - rows of open stalls with fixtures badly in need of modernization. I was lucky enough to get there early so no one else was around and the water was hot and plentiful.
Breakfast was the best part - cheese (& meat if desired), buns, croissant, jams and a selection of cold cereal provided a good start to the day. In fact, there was more food than I could eat. There was also copious amounts of coffee or tea, including Pickwick's fruit cocktail blend which has since become one of my favorites.
The hostel had a small bar and restaurant. One rainy night, I stayed in for supper and had vegetarian lasagne. The large portion was very good and was extremely cheap - less than $6.00.
Cost per night at the hostel was approximately $15.00 including sheets. Some people bring their own but for me, it was easier to pay a little extra and get freshly washed and pressed sheets rather than putting up with the extra weight and bother of bringing my own.
Overall, I enjoyed the hostel stay and found it extremely good value for budget accommodations. As a solo traveller, it was great to meet and interact with so many people, including fellow Canadians, Americans, Australians, Irish and Japanese. Many nationalities were represented at the hostel and I wasn't even the oldest - that honor went to a Korean lady in her 60s who was spending a few months travelling through Europe on her own.
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From journal Lots to do in Little Luxembourg