I booked this hotel through British Airways and reserved an executive room for four nights.
As the hotel was quite quiet, I was bumped up to a junior suite with a first rate view over the river to the old town and fortress. A large bedroom, an office area and a hallway leading to a large bathroom and exit. I found it fine - for the price I paid. (The rack rate would not have been justified.)
The Stein's location is outstanding, in five minutes you can be in the old town, or alternatively in the Mirabell Gardens.The breakfast buffet was first class, served in a panoramic room on the roof. The staff at reception, and in the breakfast room were helpful and friendly throughout. And in my room on the 5th floor, the wifi worked fine - though you need a multi-letter and digit username and password to get in - a bit over the top if you're using a tablet.
Above all, the hotel passed my main test : I got a good night's sleep there every night. Perhaps being on the 5th floor helped - the hotel is on a busy road and even Salzburg has the odd idiot who drives around with stereos on loud at 3am. I didn't find my room stuffy - but it was February.
But let's be clear: this hotel is in an old building and, short of demolishing the interior completely, refurbishment is never easy in such cases. The lifts are quaint, the parquet floors in my room creaked too (didn't worry me), the bathroom was very plain, but clean, the main landings were far too dark and there's the odd single step to catch the unwary in some rooms and in the main landings. And beware of the hotels telephone exchange. My family tried to call - took three attempts to get through. Just as well Skype worked.
The hotel caters mainly for German and Austrian guests, so all the TV channels are in German - fine if you speak it - but don't expect CNN.
Given that the weather was truly dreadful and the hotel room became pretty important, I was very pleased to have stayed in the Stein. But then again, modern hotels bore me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Design Hotel in great location, right at the main bridge of Salzburg in the historic city center. The festival halls, as well as the congress centre are only a few minutes away. Stylish rooms and 7th floor roof top terrace with great view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stein Hotel Salzburg
- Hotel Stein Salzburg