Hotel Sacher Salzburg
What We Love
- The in-house confectionary store where you can stock up on traditional chocolates
- Its impossibly beautiful location on the banks of the river
- The cozy Sacher bar where you can sip cocktails on the terrace
What To Know
- The Hotel Sacher portfolio has been run by the Gürtler family since 1934
- Children are very welcome here
- Décor is on the traditional side, if you’re after a modern pad this may not be your place
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located right on the banks of the River Salzach, Hotel Sacher’s rich history is evident in its décor: Think intricately carved dark wood ceilings, silk-lined walls, ornate fabrics and marble bathrooms. It has a quite a roll call of celebrity guests as everyone from Tom Hanks to the Dalai Lama has bedded down in one of the 113 elegant rooms and suites. Gastronomes will be spoilt for choice with no fewer than six options for dining and imbibing, from traditional Austrian cuisine at the Roter Salon to the elegant Sacher café with its legendary Sacher Torte.
In the Area
Hike the Mönchsberg Hill to visit the newish Museum der Moderne Salzburg, for both the art and the views. The Baroque Basilica of Maria Plain attracts many pilgrims, as well as visitors seeking the stunning view over Salzburg and the valley. Visit the Salzkammergut area (aka the Lake District) for hiking. Dine at Ikarus, a modern restaurant located in Hangar-7 (the private hangar of the creator of Red Bull). Each month a new guest chef fashions an entirely new menu. Mozart had his coffee at Tomaselli, the city’s oldest café, and so should you.
How to Get There
It is easy to find the Sacher in Salzburg. Look for the building with the crane towering over the roof. One must question the integrity of a hotel who chooses to expose its guests to a full blown construction project rather than to close its doors during the process. The drilling and banging was so loud that it was difficult to carry on a conversation with the front desk. We learned of this construction two days before our arrival through a Sacher email advising us of "renewals" on the property. So incredibly inconsiderate.
Our family spent four nights at the hotel in June. This is a great vantage point from which to see Salzburg and environs; restaurants, cultural sites, etc. are nearly all in walkable distance. Our rooms were on the fourth floor on a corner of the hotel, with a great view of the river and the Hohenfestung. The included breakfast buffet was first rate; the riverfront bar was very nice. We very much enjoyed our stay. The things that hold us back from five stars:
Upon arrival, we had a rather elaborate lunch in the Cafe while we waited for our rooms to become available. Our server had the sniffles and said she was "ill." Ill servers should not be serving guests.
The fitness center is small and in a windowless basement area and is unattended.
Massage/spa services seemed to have very limited availability. Upon inquiry at the front desk we were told someone would call us back. It took nearly 24 hours to get a call, only to be informed that all available times during our stay were booked.
Nevertheless we greatly enjoyed our stay and would certainly consider the hotel again upon our next visit to Salzburg.
We wanted to love the Hotel Sacher. The staff is polite and professional but the renovations held us back. We were told upon getting to our room that the air conditioning was off due to renovations. You don’t realize leaving your window open for cooler air is impossible due to noise and cigarette smoke. We also had power go off and back on multiple times from what we think were renovations. The remodeling is beautiful, however our shower drained at a snails pace, leaving you standing in three inches of soapy grey water. Hope all these little kinks are worked out as the location is perfect and the history and staff make it a great choice.