by Lissa Poirot
Although the original Hotel Sacher – and the creator of the famed Sacher Torte – is located in Vienna, the Salzburg location of the palatial hotel has overlooked the river here for 150 years. Welcoming to families, the hotel provides a Petit Sacher program specifically for kids! It is perfectly situated on the river with views of the fortress, and is just steps from Mirabell Gardens and Old Town.
Our Editor Loves
- Riverfront location in the heart of Salzburg
- Children's amenities
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Completely renovated in 2016, the rooms at the Hotel Sacher are opulent and although modern, look and feel like you have stepped back into a Baroque period of time. A five-star hotel, Superior and Deluxe rooms are the most traditional of offerings, ranging from 215 to 323 square feet in size. The rooms become larger when you select a Top Deluxe category; these rooms also have river and fortress views. Junior suites grow larger and have a studio space with living and sleeping areas.
Families may prefer to book a one- or two-bedroom suite. Ranging from 538 to 969 square feet, these suites have separate living and bedrooms and provide room for more guests.
All 111 rooms and suites are equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi access and iPod docking stations.
It is easy to find the Sacher in Salzburg. Look for the building with the crane towering over the roof. One must question the integrity of a hotel who chooses to expose its guests to a full blown construction project rather than to close its doors during the process. The drilling and banging was so loud that it was difficult to carry on a conversation with the front desk. We learned of this construction two days before our arrival through a Sacher email advising us of "renewals" on the property. So incredibly inconsiderate.
Our family spent four nights at the hotel in June. This is a great vantage point from which to see Salzburg and environs; restaurants, cultural sites, etc. are nearly all in walkable distance. Our rooms were on the fourth floor on a corner of the hotel, with a great view of the river and the Hohenfestung. The included breakfast buffet was first rate; the riverfront bar was very nice. We very much enjoyed our stay. The things that hold us back from five stars:
Upon arrival, we had a rather elaborate lunch in the Cafe while we waited for our rooms to become available. Our server had the sniffles and said she was "ill." Ill servers should not be serving guests.
The fitness center is small and in a windowless basement area and is unattended.
Massage/spa services seemed to have very limited availability. Upon inquiry at the front desk we were told someone would call us back. It took nearly 24 hours to get a call, only to be informed that all available times during our stay were booked.
Nevertheless we greatly enjoyed our stay and would certainly consider the hotel again upon our next visit to Salzburg.
For guests with children staying at the hotel, board games, a DVD collection with family-friendly movies, bedtime treats and more are available.
Sacher Boutique Spa
Kids and teens are welcome to enjoy the hotel's spa with specially designed treatments for them. Treatments include the Little Princess, Rockstar facials, Happy Back 15-minute massages, Little Sacher Teddy full-body massage, pedicures and manicures.
CafÃ© Sacher Salzburg
This cafÃ© is the spot to try the traditional Sacher Torte, as well as enjoy pastries and coffee. The cafÃ© is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and is often filled with tourists popping in to try the torte.
Hotel guests receive breakfast in the morning in this salon with views of Old Town. Breakfast is featured from 7 to 10:30 a.m. daily. The salon reopens for lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and again for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.
A casual but outstanding restaurant serving lunch and dinner, Salzachgrill offers meat and seafood dishes, as well as burgers. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with views of Old Town.
This traditional Austrian restaurant opens daily at noon for lunch until 2 p.m., closing and reopening for dinners from 6 to 10 p.m. The dÃ©cor is rustic and alpine with wood panels and ceiling, and the dining room provides views of Old Town and the river.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The Petit Sacher program provides children's bathrobes and slippers, as well as a children's bathroom set with tear-free bath products. Kids receive special turndown service with treats and a cot or extra bed can be provided for kids. Bottle warmers, diaper pails, high chairs, baby monitors and other infant gear is available, by request.
Babysitting services can be arranged through the Concierge.
The hotel is pet-friendly and provides blankets, dog beds, towels, bowls and leashes for visiting dogs. Dog sitters can also be arranged to watch your pet while you explore Salzburg.
The Art of Smart Timing
Salzburg, located at the base of the Bavarian Alps, is mostly a summer destination for international travelers, and the city teems with crowds in Old Town. For better rates and less crowds, visit in the early summer months of June or in the fall months after most kids have returned to school.
Salzburg's international airport is rather small and a 20-minute ride from the hotel. Most flights into Salzburg are on smaller planes from bigger European cities. Taxis and busses can get you into town for about 30 Euro.
The hotel's riverfront location makes it easy to get around Salzburg on foot or by bike. All of the city's major attractions are within walking distance.
For Mom and Dad
Mom and dad may want to visit the Sacher Boutique Spa and get pampered with a number of available treatments (while kids enjoy treatments of their own). The spa provides body treatments, massages, facials, nail service and more. Also take time to enjoy the Sacher Bar's outdoor patio overlooking the river.