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Hotel Sacher Vienna – Guide To An Incredible Legend

Hotel Sacher Vienna. Why is the Sacher the best and most famous hotel in Wien? Staying there, you will not just accommodate yourself at one of the best addresses in Vienna.

As a matter of fact, you will land right in the middle of local history. To provide a complete first-hand guide for you, I made my way from the café up to its most splendid rooms and wellness heaven.

Sacher in the winter

Clearly the hotel is a top address for a European city break, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. As you would expect, staying there means you are up for the ultimate five star service. Since its make over, the Sacher combines classic Viennese style with modern and comfortable design.

Unmistakably, the lobby, restaurant, bars and presidential suites exude old-world sumptuousness. Most interestingly, one of the corridors on the ground floor boasts 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 display lighter colour schemes, bigger modernised bathrooms, trimmed opulence. On a sunny spring afternoon I went up to one of the suites at the roof terrace: Not just the interiors were spectacular. When you stepped out, the view across Vienna and the view of the adjacent Vienna State Opera, baroque domes and gables was mind-blowing!

Despite its age, there is no ‘stuffy museum’ feeling at the Sacher, but lightness that respects old treasures and the hotel’s tradition.

If you are allergic, choose one of the recently refurbished rooms or suites with wooden floors.
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Where at the Sacher  should you stay? In fact, the 5-star temple 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. If you love space go for the executive suites, one and two bedroom suites, and the presidential suites.

What Sacher does well is to combine aesthetics with top notch technology. Hence, each of the 149 suites and rooms displays original works of art, flat screens, DVD players, and iPod docking stations.

How Best To Enjoy The Sacher

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Hotel Sacher Vienna. First and foremost, the Sacher has been lending itself to romantic opportunities: whether a wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, or a honeymoon.

However, quite a few of my trip planning clients also choose the Sacher for a top notch family holiday, a shopping spree, or a cultural city break: Unusual for a 5 star hotel, children and dogs are welcome, and there is a baby sitter service available upon request.

Sacher Torte and melangeInstead of the usual hotel restaurants expect a choice of three characterful and splendid food places: To celebrate a special occasion the red plush ‘Anna Sacher’ restaurant envelopes guests in old Viennese glamor.

For informal snacks and drinks, and warm meals, attend the ‘Sacher Eck’, which is popular with guests of the Vienna State Opera just opposite.  the famous Café Sacher, selling Sacher Torte. The latter two are usually heavy on tourists but their traditional interiors are worth a visit.

Shopping, Museums And Wellness

Another advantage that is hard to beat is the Sacher’s location opposite the opera house at the start of main shopping boulevard Kärntnerstrasse. In addition, the 5 star hotel is just a stone’s throw from top Vienna museums like the Albertina.

Sacher chocolate spa

If you love chocolate and blissful pampering you just have to try the chocolate spa treatment in the hotel’s own wellness area. In this photo, the massage team completely covered me in a soft chocolatey body mask smelling of sweet cocoa beans!

Read more about this delightful experience in my Vienna Spa Guide.

Hotel Sacher Vienna In History

Anna SacherHotel Sacher Vienna. In the second half of the 19th century Eduard Sacher founded the eponymouse hotel. He was the son of the creator of the famous Sacher Torte.  After his early death his wife Anna Sacher took over (photo). From then on, the Sacher’s meteoric rise was unstoppable. Very quickly, Anna Sacher established the hotel and restaurant as a top location for aristocrats and the upper class.

Following bankruptcy at the end of the 1930s the Gürtler family bout the hotel. At that time, there were simply too many impoverished artistocrats around. Until today, the family has been successfully running the Sacher. On top, managing director Elisabeth Gürtler also runs the Spanish Riding School and organises the lavish annual Fête Impériale summer ball.

Hotel Sacher In The Third Man

Hotel Sache, historic photo

Hotel Sacher Vienna. My mother recalls the Hotel Sacher at the end of World War Two. At that time, the British Allied Forces confiscated it and used it as their headquarters in the occupied Vienna.

Famously, writer Graham Greene, who worked for the British Intelligence, took inspiration from the Sacher. After lunching there with the famous British spy Kim Philby he decided to write the script for the famous Third Man Movie in 1948.

In 2005, the hotel’s building, dating from the 1860ies, received two additional roof top levels. However, they caused a real stir among tradition loving locals, although you can barely see them from the street. 

Famous Guests At The Sacher

Edward III and Wallis SimpsonHotel Sacher Vienna. Since its very beginnings famous guests from across the world frequented the Sacher. Among them Britsh aristocracy such as Edward III, and Wallis Simpson, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; and Prince Rainer of Monaco and Grace Kelly. Also US president John F. Kennedy was a guest at Sacher.

Definitely the most famous artists at Sacher include Leonard Bernstein, Jose Carreras,  Placido Domingo, and John Lennon. Until now the Sacher remains a hot spot for international politicians, business people and celebrities.

Some Austrian artists and intellectuals, like opera doyen Marcel Prawy or writer Ernst Waldbrunn, even lived there. 

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