I stayed at Pension Sacher am Stephansplatz for four nights in August. These apartments are a wonderful alternative to a hotel.
- The apartments are super clean and spacious. Honey, we could live here!
- They couldn't be in a more central location in the old city.
- The bed was very comfortable. Be aware that the king bed is a European king - two twins put together. Pillows were nice. There was an issue with the sheets - see way below.
- Although most Pension Sacher apartments have cathedral views, ours was at the back of the building and had a deck with a view of the apartments across an alley. Ask for these if you prefer peace and quiet over views. Speaking of which, we never heard anyone else moving around in adjacent apartments - yay!
- The doors to the deck open two different ways depending on how you turn the doorknob. You can open them like a regular door, or you can open them from the top to prevent anyone from getting in but still allow air flow. We encountered this nifty feature all over Austria. Why don't all doors and windows work this way?
- Air conditioning worked great, and we needed it. Also, it hummed continuously instead of automatically switching on and off, which meant our sleep wasn't interrupted.
- Internet WiFi worked very well throughout.
- Claudia, our host, was extremely nice, kind, and helpful. She provided maps, recommended restaurants for breakfast and lunch, made sure we knew when staff was onsite and when they weren't, showed us the reading library, and ensured that both checkin and checkout were handled efficiently. Also, we had originally planned to be a party of three, but ended up being two, and Claudia automatically adjusted our rate down. Thank you!
- We didn't use the kitchen except for the refrigerator but it seemed well equipped.
- There is a great breakfast place ~1 block away, Cafe Korb (Brandstätte 9 1010 Wien Austria). Be aware that they don't open till late in the morning on Sundays - something like 11am. Really, the entire city shuts down on Sundays.
- There's an awesome lunch/dinner restaurant one block away, Wein & Co. Bar, with outdoor seating and lovely small plates (surely you've had enough fried, flattened wienerschnitzel by now, darling). But BE WARNED: the Italian restaurant CANTINETTA ANTINORI right next door is a HORRIBLE TOURIST TRAP with dull food and outrageous prices - dinner for 2 with one glass of house wine was over $350 - just run, run, run away. The outdoor seating for these two restaurants blends together, so make sure you're in the right place. If you want Italian food, walk the opposite direction on Rotenturmstraße to Ristorante Fratelli or Mrs. Romana Casa, both also a block away. Bonus: you can get some really odd flavored gelatos on your walk home - like, sesame seed.... on second thought, get the hazelnut.
Things to be aware of:
- Pension Sacher is located on the 7th floor of what looks like a concrete corporate bank building that's also occupied by a variety of professional offices. The doorway is hard to see and poorly marked. Start at the intersection of Rotenturmstraße and Brandstätte, then walk about 30 feet into the colonnade and look left. The door is an unmarked single glass door. Review the tenant index and press the buzzer to get in. The foyer is unattended except on Sunday mornings when someone comes to hose down the first floor (!). The elevator works well but is up ~7 stairs.
- The furnishings in the apartment are in excellent condition but have a vintage look that gives the space a dated air - kind of like visiting your dear old Austrian grandmother's condo. Doilies and dried flowers; white linen tablecloth on the dining room table; faux petit point upholstery on the sofa. On the upside, American hotels usually have a bunch of melamine and particleboard and wall to wall carpets hiding gawd knows what underneath. All the furniture in Pension Sacher is real wood, and the floors are real parquet, which allergy sufferers and clean air freaks will really appreciate.
- The shower was quite small and there is no bathtub. Water flow was great.
- The TV is wall mounted and not well situated for viewing (we didn't care; we never even turned it on).
- Poor quality sheets: The sheets were cheap cotton-poly blend jersey and were pilling pretty badly. Basically the antithesis of crisp, which would have been appreciated in the humid weather. Given the quality of everything else in the apartment, I urge Pension Sacher to upgrade their sheets.
- Brand Central Station: although Pension Sacher is in a very central "old city" location, rather than having its own unique feel like downtown Paris, Florence, London, Rome, Athens, Rhodes, Mexico City, Toronto, Chicago, etc, old city Vienna feels more like Times Square and is frequently as mobbed. At ground level the area is completely taken over by global brand retailers and clothing and shoe shops. Louis Vuitton, Coach, Reebok, Nike, Cartier, etc. Also, too many candy and gelato places, t-shirt and Mozart chocolate vendors, etc. Not much to be done about this I suppose, except.... To the Wayback Machine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome The Pension Sacher am Stephansplatz is located in the center of old Vienna. The apartments are run by the well-known Sacher family who are rich in tradition and history. All nine apartments are located on the 7th floor. Seven of them provide a fantastic view directly overlooking St. Stephan's Cathedral. We would be very glad welcoming you! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Apartment Pension Sacher Hotel Vienna
- Apartment Hotel Vienna
- Apartment Hotel Sacher