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“Interesting, charming, central location.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg

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Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Getreidegasse 37, Salzburg 5020, Austria   |  
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Ranked #4 of 134 Hotels in Salzburg
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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21 hotel reviews
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“Interesting, charming, central location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Most hotels are not an "experience", they are a place to sleep and get a drink. Not so here. This place dates back 500 years+. So there are some quirks (like 'watch your head' and an occasional uneven floor) but it is loaded with European charm. Rooms are nicely appointed and the bathrooms also nice. The help is friendly. The restaurant in the hotel was outstanding. Central location on a lovely smaller street. We want to return!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear CLF422,
thanks very much for your kind and positive feedback. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you liked the spirit and style of the hotel.
Looking forward to having you back with us, soon.
I remain with kind regards
Wolfgang Putz
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I stayed here for two nights in a junior suite which was lovely and had a nice view of the pedestrian area of Salzburg. The room was large, very comfortable and the bathroom was modern though watch out for the low beams! Breakfast was very good and included in the rate along with one dinner in their restaurant, which was excellent. Service was top notch and I could walk everywhere from the hotel and loved that it was right in the pedestrian only area. Wifi worked well too. I didn't see any other rooms but I imagine they are all quite different as it's in a historical building. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear moremiles,
thanks very much for your kind and positive feedback. I am happy that you enjoyed the spirit of the hotel as well as our service.
Looking forward to having you back with us, soon.
I remain with best regards
Wolfgang Putz
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

After a busy week of business in Frankfurt, my wife and I traveled to Salzburg and the Goldener Hirsch for the weekend. Our stay at this hotel was first-rate, in every aspect. It is a historic building/hotel, and you can feel the charm as soon as you enter. As others have pointed out, location in the old city is perfect, and only a short walk to many points of interest and restaurants here or across the river. All staff at the hotel were extremely friendly, helpful, and English was perfect. We especially appreciated all of the help and recommendations from the front desk staff. Their recommendations for restaurants were right on, each time. We received an upgrade to a nicely decorated, spotlessly clean, large room with sitting area and large bathroom. I certainly did not expect an upgrade given that I paid for the room with Starwood points, so a very classy touch that made me feel even more of a valued guest. Room was very quiet, including at night. We did not eat at the hotel, but did visit the bar for a few drinks prior to attending the Mozart Dinner Concert (also recommend). Nice, cozy little bar with very attentive service. I would highly recommend the Goldener Hirsch as the place to stay in the old city, and will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Charles L,

thanks so much for your positive and kind feedback. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and do hope you will return very soon.

I remain with best regards
Wolfgang Putz
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We arrived at the hotel and were greeted At the door by concierge who took our bags straight off us and valet parked our car. We were upgraded too, to a beautifully decorated large room with sitting area, with bathroom and separate loo. So two loos which was fab. The decor in the room was gorgeous very antique and typically Austrian. Huge comfy bed with thick fluffy duvets and pillows. The hotel is situated on the pedestrianised shopping street. So you walk straight out into the heart of the old town. The reception staff were so attentive and nothing was too much for them. We asked about classical music concerts, they recommended one at the chapel in the Mirabell palace. It was amazing!!! Just a piano and cello playing Mozart, Bach, Debussy and more. There were only around 20 of us in the small venue. It's was beautiful, atmospheric and very moving. We also went on the panoramic sound of music tour. The hotel arranged it for us and we were picked up directly from the hotel reception and the cost was charged to our room. There was a turn down service and choccie left on pillow. This hotel is all about being made to feel special. We didn't breakfast in the hotel so can't comment. To sum up though fabulous hotel in a beautiful city.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear pclash,
thanks for your kind and positive feedback and I am happy to read that you enjoyed our service as well as our wonderful city.
Looking forward to having you back with us, soon.

With best regards
Wolfgang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I recently enjoyed a very, very nice stay in Salzburg at the Goldener Hirsch. It is in the absolutely best location in one of the most beautiful small cities in Europe. The hotel matches the setting to a tee -- itself a highlight of a trip to Salzburg.

I was lucky enough to be upgraded not just to a suite, but to a large series of rooms -- all with traditional Tyrollean charm. In fact the room was so large, it took me a second day to even discover the back sitting room.

The beds were furnished with incredibly comfortable down bedding. The bath full luxury condition despite being a very old building. Nothing was spared in combining the essence of tradition and the luxury of modern detail.

While I was at the hotel for business, very much looking forward to a personal trip in the summer to enjoy the hotel even more.

Room Tip: I was across the street from the main hotel and enjoyed that very much
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear drosen85,
thanks very much for your nice and positive review. I am happy that you liked your stay with us and enjoyed our service.
We are looking forward to having you back with us, soon.
I remain with best regards
Wolfgang
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Los Angeles, California
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

There certainly is much to like about the Hotel Goldener Hirsch.

First and foremost, the place screams old world Tyrolian/Austrian charm. It is in abundance throughout the entire hotel. Right down to all the staff wearing traditional clothing. The staff was very personable, helpful and professional, especially at the front desk and in the breakfast kitchen. They were very attentive with getting us dinner reservations on New Year's Eve and making other accommodations we needed during our stay.

For those people wanting to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Old Town, the hotel could not be better situated. You walk right on to one of the busiest commercial streets in Old Salzburg, and everything from the river to Mozart's Geburtshaus and the Grosses Festspeilhaus are literally minutes walk away. Despite the lively surroundings, our room was pleasantly quiet throughout our stay.

That said, there were some major comfort and convenience issues. We were upgraded on arrival to a split level room. It looked totally cute and homely, but it was very unpractical. The king bed upstairs, although quite comfortable, pretty much took up the entire loft area, so moving around or spreading out belongings really was not possible, which was problematic because there was very little storage in the bedroom area. The staircases up to the loft and down to the sitting area were very narrow. There was lots of quaint furniture in the sitting area, but again almost no room to move around. The upholstered chairs were very shaky -- one wrong move and they would topple over. It was nice that there was a TV in both large rooms, and the welcome bottle of wine and holiday cookie were very nice touches. It would have been good, though, to have had an iron as the laundry charges were not cheap, as well as a coffee/tea maker as it was cold outside and we never saw one available in the common areas. Internet came with the room, but it typically was slow.

Our biggest complaints were with the bathroom. The toilet actually is situated in a separate, adjoining room. It is so small that you barely can sit on it and close the door. You certainly cannot stand and move around in the toilet room. The bathroom is a decent size with nice bath products, but the shower is a mess. The temperature vacillates constantly, going from frigid to scalding in the matter of seconds. Considering that many other reviewers have commented on this here and on Hotels dot Com, you would think that the hotel would address the problem. Finally, the entry from the front door also is shared with the area outside the bathroom, the toilet, and the double door closet. You cannot open one door while any other is open, and you cannot stand in that area while one of the doors is open. We also had trouble with the locks (yes two) and the door getting stuck. This was not made any easier by the very large and heavy key chains they use.

Some of these issues could be corrected fairly easily; others might be inherent to the fact this it is an old building that would need significant renovations to make it more user-friendly and thus more worthy of a higher star rating. All of that said, I certainly would recommend people to check it out if you want Old World charm and don't want to pay top Euro to stay at the Sacher, Bristol, or Monchstein.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear ericsf7,

thanks for your detailed feedback and I am happy that you enjoyed our service and the good feel factor of the hotel. As you stated, the hotel is built in 1407 and also a protected building which makes it very diffult to do major updates. Regarding the warm/cold water problems, we did a lot to solve this which we thought is done since May 2013. We always had minor temperature changes which we are not able to change.
Our duplex suite is very popular and I am sorry that you were not happy with your upgrade. We have noted this and will not offer you this room, should you come back.
I remain with best regards
Wolfgang Putz
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a lovely old traditional hotel, beautifully maintained in an old world way. If you like your contemporary rooms this is not the place for you. Its just a great unique feel. Floor boards creak uneven walls, but very high quality finish. Location is perfect in old time short walk to Christmas Market (one in Hellbrunn is better worth taxi ride). We deduct it one star just for restaurant its good food, but wine and food pricing is heavy. Meal for 2 with wine you need to budget 250 Euros minimum. Price wasn't the problem. just wasn't an amazing experience or ambience, to well lit and wine list like its sister hotel in lake fuschl has good calculator to ramp up average wines. We ate on a following two nights at St Peters it was better and cheaper (still expensive meal) and if you go during Christmas its got amazing decorations an ambience to match. A good hunt on Tripadvisor will show many restaurants great ratings. we would definitely stay again but definitely dont eat there, avoid breakfast and go to starbucks or local cafe within 2 mins walk. 32 euros each for breakfast is too much. Staff are great and service you get whilst you stay is excellent

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WPutz, General Manager at Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear andybecky,
thanks for your feedback about your stay with us and I am glad that you enjoyed the hotel and service. Regarding your comments about your restaurant experience will I talk with our Maitre and see what we can learn from you.
I remain with best regards and do hope you will visit us next time you are in Salzburg
Wolfgang Putz
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Address: Getreidegasse 37, Salzburg 5020, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Salzburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Salzburg
#2 Romantic Hotel in Salzburg
#3 Luxury Hotel in Salzburg
#4 Family Hotel in Salzburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Goldener Hirsch, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Salzburg 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Multiple Conde Nast Gold list and Travel + Leisure World's best awards winner - all our 69 rooms and suites boast authentic Salzburg-style décor handpicked by Countess Harriet Walderdorff. The original antiques, handmade furniture, and native rag rugs are opulent and discreet at the same time, and honor 600 years of hotel history. Meeting point of local and international celebrities year round who appreciate the flawless and discreet service the hotel is famous for. ... more   less 
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