LE CIGALON

Let's start from the beginning.

Exactly 62 years after the purchase of the hotel by the Kunnert family, a disaster occurred in Mullerthal on June 1, 2018. The Kasselbach flooded the hotel with a spring flood, triggered by massive rainfall, and almost everything was destroyed by the sheer force of water, except for the exterior walls.

After the clean-up work, another flood occurred a week later. It took two years - until June 2020 - for the doors to be opened again.

Already in the 18th century, an inn stood here, at the fork of the two streams. It was one of the first stagecoach stops in the region.

The valley got its name from Dutch tourists who had seen photos of the Swiss mountains and wanted to travel there. Along the way, they passed the picturesque Mullerthal and found the sandstone rock formations there so beautiful that they ended their forage here. They then returned for walks through the picturesque gorges and towards the waterfalls, again and again. From then on, the Mullerthal received the name of “Luxembourgish Switzerland”. The entire building was completely destroyed by the numerous bombings of the Rundstätten offensive during World War II, and only the garage was spared. The Grand Hotel Central was rebuilt by the Lenz family and reopened at Easter 1950.

On June 1, 1956, Gaston Kunnert and his wife Mimi Kunnert-Thill bought the Grand Hôtel Central.

In 1957, a year later, they built a larger terrace and served meals across the street, in the internal park under the tall trees. In 1967, the left wing was added – today's tavern with the beautiful open fireplace on two sides.

In 1969, the Kaselbaach was covered and the terrace was enlarged.

En 1983, le jeune couple Rita et Philippe Stoque a commencé à gérer l’hôtel avec Mimi et Gaston Kunnert. La cuisine touristique de Gaston Kunnert est complétée par une cuisine gastronomique du chef Philippe Stoque.

In 1985, a large wing was added on the right. The restaurant more than doubled in size, got a fireplace, and 10 new rooms were created with the comfort of 4-star luxury. The restaurant terrace was also added.

In 1987, the grill and bowling green as well as a children's swing were added. The large vegetable garden (which Mimi Kunnert lovingly took care of) has been moved across the street, behind the hotel, and has grown and improved every year thanks to Phillippe’s green thumb.

In 1996, the hotel-restaurant became the exclusive property of Philippe and Rita Stoque-Kunnert. The Cigalon received a French makeover on the exterior and the Hotel Central (affectionately known as the Kunnert Hotel) is the story of the Kunnert family. In 1996, the large suite was created and the old upstairs bathroom was added with a modern design. The fitness and wellness area was created. A large elevator allows hotel guests to feel comfortable without barriers.

In 2000, the right side of the terrace was transformed into a corner of grass and provincial comfort with a tree and many flowers.

On June 1, 2018 at 1:20 a.m., a huge spring flood destroyed half the inventory in just half an hour and left behind a mass of tree trunks, thick branches and lots of wet clay all over the main floor and in the basement. A photo of the destruction can be found in any newspaper.

On June 9, water overflowed from the Kasselbaach again due to heavy rains and again caused the basement to overflow. The heater was again destroyed. In March 2020, wood and clay were removed using a digger. Drained concrete walls began to get mouldy. Reconstruction of the entire ground floor, cellar, terrace - and also in the bedrooms – new, comfortable mattresses were. New fire doors were installed.

On March 5, 2020, all the reserves were replenished and the doors could finally be reopened. The ground floor exudes comfort and well-being, with lots of warm colors. Modern, with lots of wood, clay walls and a clay bar complemented by concrete floors. On June 1, 2020, after weeks of total containment, the doors were finally opened properly.

We warmly welcome you to our home.

Rita Stoque-Kunnert and Philippe Stoque and their team

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