A year after the event and I am finally finding the time to remember the Sacher. It made a very strong impression upon me at the time and became my yardstick for subsequent hotel stays.
It was chosen purely for it's location on the river Salsach, affording a view of the Old town of Salzburg and the fortress that stands high above. The hotel web site showed a very elegant hotel and was the choice of many opera singers and famous musicians. As we are opera buffs on our way to the Vienna Opera this was a stamp of approval.
The hotel sits on Schwarzstrasse which is a very busy street and there is no pull in for guest's cars so you pull up at the kerb. There were liveried bellmen waiting and they swarmed the car to open doors and gather up the luggage. None had their hand out for tips. The car was valet parked until we would need it again. I think it cost 30Euros per night.
Up a small flight of steps to the small reception area where we were welcomed and efficiently processed. The staff spoke good English. One of the bellmen offered to show us to our room which was on the second floor. There were I think three elevators all capable of holding perhaps a dozen passengers and seldom a wait.
The room turned out to be a corner room affording great views of the river, the Old town and the fortress and had windows that could be opened inwards as there wasn't a host of giant bugs waiting to enter.
The furnishings hinted at a bygone age of European elegance. Sparse modern decor isn't our style so we were happy. Besides the expected bed and bedside tables there were a number of comfy armchairs and a large low coffee table. By the window looking out on the river but away from the town was a large desk which gave us room for our computer and also held the flatscreen TV.
The bedroom was reached from a long hallway off which lay the bathroom. There was a door between the bedroom and this hallway so anyone up early and in the shower wouldn't disturb the sleeper. The hallway also allowed us to store our bags and save space in the bedroom although at maybe 400 square feet the bedroom was hardly cramped.
There was fresh fruit and some Sacher torte in the room awaiting us. There was also a minibar which we didn't use.
The bathroom was large and luxurious-everything one could hope for and the kind of room that encourages one to dawdle and enjoy the experience.
A friend who was traveling with us had chosen to stay in a hotel up in the Old town, behind the Monchberg Hill and so once we were checked in I set off with him to find it.
He only had the name and had lost the address so we stopped at the Sacher desk to ask for help and they found the hotel for us after some debate and gave us a highlighted map to help us through the warren of narrow streets and archways that make up this charming town.
Around the corner from the hotel lies a pedestrian bridge over the river, making the Old town just a five minute stroll away.
We did not dine in the hotel restaurant for dinner but we did show up for breakfast which was served in a beautiful room with a river view. It was a buffet costing 27 Euros. We usually stay in Germany where the breakfast is included but once we saw the enormous spread laid before us we were happy to pay. The food was excellent as was the service and we would eat here the next morning too, before driving onwards to Vienna. At a guess I would say there were 50-60 trays of food to pick from and there were copious mimosas to be had. The buffet was being constantly replenished. Made to order omelettes were also offered and we took advantage. This became our buffet yardstick!
There is a fitness center in the hotel which we didn't find time to use but would hope to visit on a longer stay, especially as they have a sauna and steam room.
We did not spend much time in the hotel as there was so much sightseeing to do.At the end of each day though we found ourselves in the Sacher's wonderful piano bar, just off reception, where we sank into comfy sofas and armchairs among the potted plants and rounded off the evening with some cocktails. There was a very adept pianist in residence. It was a very relaxing oasis after a day of walking among the tourist crowds who descend on Salzburg each morning by coach. The hordes were right outside the front door each morning and the street was buzzing but within the Sacher all was calm and serene.
Every member of staff we met in the hotel was smiling and friendly. There was a warm
greeting, coming and going. The housekeeping staff were unobtrusive and kept the place spotless. Chocolates were waiting on the pillows each night. The room was quiet and a great night's sleep was had, after some extra pillows had been ordered as Euro pillows tend to be soft and unsupporting.
There were quiet little nooks here and there where one could sit and read a paper or enjoy a drink from the bar. There was indeed a wall of photographs of famous musicians and singers who call the Sacher home when in Salzburg.
We'd call it home too and look forward to going back-and soon!
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- Dignified Traditional Hotel, dating from 1866, on Salzach River in city center, 3 km from train station & 6 km from airport. ... more less
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