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Art Hotel Blaue Gans
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Getreidegasse 41-43 | Herbert von Karajanplatz 3+4, Salzburg 5020, Austria   |  
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Ranked #5 of 135 hotels in Salzburg
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“Really cool!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

My stay in Salzburg was short, and I had the pleasure of Blaue Gans for only 1 night. That said, this is a great little hotel. Its a boutique hotel that was obviously modified from an older hotel. In fact, the hotel is centuries old (I'm told), so it has undergone dozens of remodelings. The rooms are quite nice. Kind of 'kitschy' but I happily did not feel that i was sleeping in an art museum. The gem, however, is the little vaulted restaurant, where they serve breakfast. Historic, this area is one of the oldest continually operating Gasthofs in Salzburg. The staff I spoke with (1 at front desk, 1 at the restaurant, and 1 that might have been the owner - I'm not sure) were absolutely delightful. I can't speak to other options in the area, but you won't be disappointed with this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Blaue Gans hotel is supposed to be an "art" experience. Well, the rooms have a, say, interestiing design. But as usual for modern hotels the bathroom is just separated from the room by a shaded glass, which is terrible when going to the tilet at night. Most rooms face the main road, or even worse the main high street. From 5h30 AM the lorries arrive to deliver goods for the day. If you are in this hotel make sure you face the courtyard. We had to ask to move rooms after the first night.

The breakfast is nice, the the staff doesn't have a clue. We had to ask FOUR times to get a tea that was not flavoured somehow. Yet it was clearly written on the teabags " aromatisiert ". It seems they can't read...

They are a bit more competent at the reception, although they had no idea where the tourist office was. And they didn't bother that we had to wait 10 minutes until the receptionist was done checkind some admin with the landlady. Apparently, the customer doesn't go first at Blaue Gans.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ArthotelBlaueGans, Leiter Front Office at Art Hotel Blaue Gans, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
thank you very much for taking your time writing these lines.
you are right concerning the bathrooms, but in our double rooms large, which were redone in february 2012, we do have an extra toilet with solid wooden doors now as our clients mentioned the fact before.
hopefully you slept better in the room facing the court - on the other hand, wasn't the view amazing?
i am sure that if you visit us again we can show you, that we care for our guests. i am sorry that you had to expire it differently.
iris - front desk manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

I stayed in the Baue Gans in May as my daughter was getting married in Salzburg.
From start to finish everything about this hotel is perfect.
Check-in.........perfect
rooms........perfect
breakfast.......perfect
staff.........perfect!
The wedding lunch was held outside on the terrace and the food!..........my mouth still waters when I think about it!
It is in a fabulous location, is spotlessly clean and already I'm planning a return trip for next year.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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ArthotelBlaueGans, Leiter Front Office at Art Hotel Blaue Gans, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
perfect.
thank you very much and see you again in 2013.
just the best for you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

From the moment we walked in the door to when we checked out, we enjoyed fantastic customer service from all staff members!! Breakfast was scrumptious, accommodations were great, wifi in room had great reception and noise was very minimal from the street! Definitely will stay here again when our travels take us back to Salzburg!

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Excellent hotel. We got the suite which is an incredible two story apartment that easily fit our family of four adults. The hotel is in a perfect location in Salzburg, right off of the main shopping street and close to all of the sights, but not noisy. Great restaurant, excellent breakfast and friendly staff.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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ArthotelBlaueGans, Leiter Front Office at Art Hotel Blaue Gans, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Thank you for the great review
We wish you the best for 2014
Your Team Blaue Gans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We spent 5 nights at the Blaue Gans in Salzburg in early May with our 3 year old and it was fantastic. The hotel has a wonderful feel to it, clean and modern. The location cannot be beat, all of the sites and shops are steps away. The Blaue Gans restaurant was by far the best we sampled (over and over!) in Salzburg. From the most perfectly prepared chicken, to an incredible steak sandwich, it was heaven. Even our daughter's simple pasta was fantastic. The restaurant serves michelin star quality fare without question. We stayed in the festspielhaus suite which was positively massive, with a nice small second bedroom for our daughter. It was delightful, with views of the Monchsberg just out the window.

Iris at the front desk was incredibly friendly and helpful, making us feel welcome at all times, as were the restaurant staff. Generally everyone we ran into was always very pleasant with a smile making the entire experience one to remember. We cannot recommend the Blaue Gans enough!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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ArthotelBlaueGans, Leiter Front Office at Art Hotel Blaue Gans, responded to this review, June 3, 2012
thank you so much
and have fun with the blue duck and the shampoo. :-)
hope to see you again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

The Arthotel Blaue Gans (Blue Goose) claims descent from the oldest inn in Salzburg, which at first seems difficult to reconcile with its "art hotel" badge, but in many ways this reflects the hotel's success in combining modernity with heritage. We stayed at the hotel in April 2012. The best part of this hotel is the location - with a front entrance on Getreidegasse (the old town's "high street") and a back entrance on Karajanplatz (across which it faces the festival concert hall). It was an amazing experience to step out of the front entrance straight into the centre of the old town, with Mozart's birth place down the street one way and his church just up the street the other way, with the cliffs of the Festungberg (fortress hill) just behind it. As well as easy access to the Salzburg Festival venues, the back entrance also has a trolley bus stop right outside (with direct services to the main station). It was simply the ideal location for exploring and enjoying all that Salzburg has to offer.

Our room on the first floor faced onto Karajanplatz, with great views towards the fortress hill and the festival hall. We had booked a double room and received a free upgrade to a large double room. We loved the combination of traditional and modern elements, like the artworks in the room (and tasteful furnishing that could almost be art works themselves), the spacious room and especially the spacious bathroom with beautiful tiling, and the well maintained traditional double casement windows which kept the room quiet while giving the room beautiful views and plenty of natural light. Both the room itself and the public areas of the hotel were thoughtfully decorated and furnished. Some touches we especially liked: the beautiful tea facilities set out on a landing for guest use, where we made ourselves a cup of darjeeling and took a biscotti from the jar; a green house / garden in an atrium on the first floor; the library, with books, travel guides and DVDs, and of course the art work scattered around the hotel. One great thing about the overall design is that it manages to achieve a sense of airy natural lighting, something that many historical hotels fail to do.

We had dinner and breakfast (the latter included in our room rate) in the hotel restaurant. We greatly enjoyed both the food and drink, and the relaxed atmosphere. The dinner menu was strong on modern Salzburg / Austrian fare, which was well executed. The breakfast had a great variety - breads, fruits and cereals, as well as a wide choice of hot egg dishes and hot drinks, both made to order. Both the restaurant staff and the general hotel staff were friendly and very helpful.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel. The only (small) negatives are: 1. the relatively high room rate (though we thought it worth the money, and it was not as expensive as other hotels of similar status in Salzburg) and 2. separate, single-sized blankets on the double bed.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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ArthotelBlaueGans, Leiter Front Office at Art Hotel Blaue Gans, responded to this review, May 19, 2012
thank you so much, we appreciate your positive words.
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Address: Getreidegasse 41-43 | Herbert von Karajanplatz 3+4, Salzburg 5020, Austria
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Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Salzburg
#3 Family Hotel in Salzburg
#4 Luxury Hotel in Salzburg
#7 Romantic Hotel in Salzburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Art Hotel Blaue Gans 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blaue Gans, whose tradition dates back 660 years, is the oldest inn in the city of salzburg. It boasts a prime location opposite the festival hall and in the heart of the historic centre, which has been declared a world cultural heritage site, and is only a short walk from mozart's birthplace.We have carefully combined the historic walls of this inn, which is steeped in tradition, with a modern design and contemporary art.The result is a place that exudes a natural feel, a venue for people who like to pursue their own way. we are pleased to accompany you along a part of this way.artHOTEL: more than just a Designhotel, synonymous with the personal freedom for an individual lifestyle. ... more   less 
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