The Hotel Sacher In Vienna is undeniably a good even very good hotel. Whether it reaches the pinnacle of hospitality in Vienna is another matter. The "cross branding" with its eponymous chocolate cake gives it a huge advantage (arguably a unique one - after all how many hotels are less famous than the cake that was originally named after them ?). The rooms are clean and spotlessly well-maintained. Getting in to the rooms involves those new electronic key-fob mechanism which are a nightmare to use (even the lifts have them) and the guests need elephantine sized pockets to hold the keys and fobs. Unstructured pictures of famous and infamous guests line the reception and corridors and interesting juxtapositions testify to both a glorious and not so glorious past. For example of the thousand or so of photographs and testaments of thanks lining the walls Kurt Waldheim's photograph is placed next to that of Ed Koch. Maybe when they re-decorate the entrance they will remove all the photographs and arguably contrived "testaments and words of thanks" - after all every Leading Hotel of the World will have had many hundreds of thousands of visitors (even millions) over a century and many will have been famous or infamous - but banks of fading photographs of "c" and even "d" list historical celebrities don't make for welcoming interior decoration profiles ! Other niggles include having chocolate scented shampoos and soap, most people eat chocolate they don't necessarily want to cover themselves in it ! On the plus side the breakfast buffet is superb, the service impeccable and the staff extremely polite and attentive. Room service is also good. The location of the hotel could not be better. All in all a good hotel that is well run but in need of changing the ambiance and interior decoration in short order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The deluxe Hotel Sacher Wien was established in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the famous Original Sacher-Torte, and is still privately owned by family Gurtler & Winkler. Situated in the pulsative cultural heart of Vienna, directly opposite the state opera and Albertina gallery, the hotel is just moments away from the most impressing sights of the city. High-quality materials, high-tech equipment, imposing original oil-paintings and precious furnishings in all 149 rooms and suites as well as marble bathrooms with floor heating and flat screen TV's which are integrated into the mirrors combine living tradition with a modern spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sacher Wien Hotel
- Sacher Wien Vienna