We loved Salzburg and the hotel and its location. Thanks to Google Earth for helping us short-list it as it's close to al in-city attractions and also very close to bus stops that take you to other around-Salzburg attractions like Berchtesgaden.
We were pleasantly surprized when we were greeted by the cab driver in Hindi and found that he is a Pakistani settled in Salzburg 20 years before. He loved the city and told us how Austria values an individual irrespective of where he originates from. He istantly gave an example when a police came to the cab to talk to him and talked very politely. There was some celebration going on near the hotel because Salzburg team had won some soccer match. The police normally weren't allowing anyone drive thru' the area due to the celebrations but since we were tourists with luggage we were allowed.
The hotel is right into the city center with few tens of restaurants within 5 minutes walk. The building is 700 years old and we couldn't believe the same. The staff was very helpful and spoke good English. We were greeted by a thin, tall man at Reception who informed us that our room was already ready. Room was not very big but sufficient and clean. The hotel has a restaurant on ground floor but we didn't try it, but we had breakfast all 3 days which was very good with fresh fruits, cereals, eggs and bakery items as usual. The staff at the restaurant was smiling and welcoming and cleaned tables real fast. There is free internet too on the same first floor where we could browse and finalize our site seeing details for our next destination, Paris.
The hotel has many shops around it and a typical city center hustle/bustle. I liked it that way since wanted to see the people and culture closely.
The other day there was a lady at the Reception who guided us on our way to Berchtesgaden and helped with weather conditions too. We had one day for Berchtesgaden, another for Konigsee and last day for local site-seeing which was luckily Museum day with all museums free for all. Among all we liked Museum of natural history the best.
Berchtesgaden (Eagle's Nest and Konigsee lake) and Wolfgangsee are anyway most beautiful sites we had been to.
Overall it was great trip to Salzburg and definitely the hotel has played a major role in making it that way.
We had just one day for city center
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an age over 750 years, the Hotel Elefant is one of Salzburg's oldest and most traditional hotels. It is situated down a quiet lane off the world-famous Getreidegasse. A look at the history of this building shows that over the past 500 years the hotel's purpose was, and still is, to serve its guests according to the best in Austrian tradition. Lodging in this hotel offers you style and comfort and you will quickly feel at home as a guest of this house. Family-Run Hotel: The Hotel Elefant is run now by the 4th generation of family Mayr. All our employees have been working with us for a long time, so you can be assured to have best quality service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Elefant
- Best Western Salzburg
- Salzburg Best Western