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Hotel Sacher Vienna – Review By A Viennese

Staying At A Local Legend

Hotel Sacher Vienna. Staying at the Sacher means you will accommodate yourself at one of the best addresses in Vienna. You will also land right in the middle of local history. Unusually for a Viennese, I have made my way from the café up to some of its rooms: Find out all about the house below.

The hotel is a top address for a European city break, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Vienna travellers staying there get five star superior service. Since its thorough make over in 2011, the Sacher manages to combine the distinguished classic Viennese style with modern and comfortable design. There is still old-world sumptuousness to be found in the lobby, restaurant, bars and presidential suites. One of the corridors on the ground floor is plastered from top to bottom with old black and white photographs of celebrity guests, and possibly the Sacher family themselves.

Hotel Sacher Vienna: deluxe doubleMany of the suites, junior suites and deluxe rooms received a careful facelift: lighter colour schemes, bigger modernised bathrooms, trimmed opulence. I have been to one of the suites at the modern roof terrace on a sunny spring afternoon: it’s just gorgeous. There is no ‘stuffy museum’ feeling at the Sacher (any more), but lightness that respects old treasures and the hotel’s tradition.
Hotel Sacher ViennaThe Sacher has six categories of suites and rooms of between 30 and 165 square metres: superior rooms, deluxe and top deluxe rooms, junior suites and deluxe junior suites, executive suites, one and two bedroom suites, and presidential suites. Each of the 149 suites and rooms is decorated with original works of art and equipped with flat screens, DVD players, iPod docking stations, and WiFi connection. Kids and dogs are welcome, and there is a baby sitter service available upon request. The hotel has its own wellness area, the ‘Anna Sacher’ restaurant, the ‘Sacher Eck’ wine and snack bar, and the famous Café Sacher, selling Sacher Torte. The latter two are usually heavy on tourists but their traditional interiors are worth a glance.

Its location opposite the Vienna Opera House, at the start of main shopping boulevard Kärntnerstrasse, and a stone’s throw from top Vienna museums like the Albertina is hard to beat.

How Best To Enjoy The Sacher

Hotel Sacher Vienna. Personally, I am lurking for aromantic opportunity (wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve; honeymoon no more) at the Hotel Sacher. Otherwise, I would have my mother and myself wrapped up in a chocolate spa treatment in the hotel’s wellness area. In addition, the Sacher should fit a top notch family holiday, a shopping spree, or a culture city break.

If I was allergic, I would choose one of the recently refurbished rooms or suites with wooden floors.

Hotel Sacher Vienna In History

historic photo, Hotel SacherHotel Sacher Vienna. The Sacher was founded in the second half of the 19th century by the son of the creator of the original Sacher Torte, a chocolate cake filled with a layer of apricot jam. The hotel quickly established itself as a top location for aristocrats and the upper class. Following bankruptcy at the end of the 1930s (too many impoverished artistocrats around!), the hotel was bought by the Gürtler family, who has been successfully running it until today. Managing director Elisabeth Gürtler also runs the Spanish Riding School and organises the lavish annual Fête Impériale summer ball.

Hotel Sacher Vienna.  My mother recalls the Hotel Sacher Vienna being confiscated by the British Allies at the end of World War Two, who used it as their headquarters in the occupied Vienna. Author Graham Greene, who worked for the British Intelligence, was inspired to write the script for the famous Third Man Movie at the hotel in 1948, after he lunched there with the famous British spy Kim Philby.

The hotel’s building, dating from the 1860ies, received two additional roof top levels in 2005, which caused a real stir among tradition loving locals. You can barely see them from the street, and they offer a phantastic view of the adjacent Vienna State Opera, and the baroque domes and gables of nearby buildings.

Hotel Sacher Vienna.  The Sacher remains a hot spot for international politicians, business people and celebrities, but also for many Viennese. Some Austrian artists and intellectuals, like opera doyen Marcel Prawy or writer Ernst Waldbrunn, even lived there. Locals use the restaurant Anna Sacher for family celebrations, to have dinner after a visit to the Vienna Opera House, to sip a cocktail after the Vienna Opera Ball, or to have Sacherwürstel (a longer, quality version of a Vienna sausage).

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