Standing proudly and closely to the State Opera, Albertina Museum, Hofburg Palace and one of the main pedestrian shopping precincts, Kärntnerstrasse, is the famous five-star Hotel Sacher. Opened in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, Hotel Sacher is the matriarch hotel of Vienna and has an unbeatable location at Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010. It is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels to ever exist and I am honoured to share it with you. It offers superlative luxury accommodation and combines Austria’s history with modern comforts. It is filled with charm, grace, excellence and an almost unparalleled commitment to service. This is a hotel that lives up to its five star rating in every sense of the word and this review will tell you through words and show you through photographs how this is so very true.
A glorious mix of old world charm with modernity
Whatever time of day you experience and see Hotel Sacher, whether it be its exterior or interior, you will be in awe with its beauty and elegance. It is simply a glorious mix of Old World charm in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It makes you feel like you’re going back in time to the moment when Empress Sisi was alive and the establishment itself is sometimes reminiscent of a museum; you leave feeling part of the nobility. Today, you will see a mix of guests ranging from politicians, business people from across the globe, affluent Austrians and tourists from every part of the world. Wherever you are from, you will immediately feel the very special aura and feel most welcomed from the moment that you are greeted by the friendly top-hatted doorman with his crimson coat at the entrance of Hotel Sacher.
Reflects the majestic and ancient imperial city of Vienna
Once you are inside this incredible establishment, you will note its stunning interior. It has Baroque and Rococo furnishings throughout, and the public areas are simply breathtaking. Hotel Sacher just abounds with history, romance and style from every corner and is filled with exquisite antique furniture. The art collection which decorates the corridors, halls and lobby bears witness of the many ages it has endured and is perfectly akin to the spirit of the majestic and ancient imperial city of Vienna. Once you have formally checked-in with the front desk, you will be led to your room and will get a glimpse of the photos of guest luminaries which line the elevator walls. These photographs are priceless and date back to the hotel’s inception. They also include signed photos from the likes of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
It should be noted that the front-desk is not at the front but rather in a discreet nook of the side and thereby gives you more privacy when dealing with money. The multi-lingual concierge is located behind the front-desk and is superb. He or she knows about everything to do in and around Vienna and is second to none with obtaining the access. The concierge can secure dining reservations in the most popular restaurants as well as the most sought-after tickets for any show that your heart desires.
Daily surprises for you in your bedroom
There are different types of rooms available at Hotel Sacher such as superior rooms, deluxe rooms, top deluxe rooms, junior suites, deluxe suites, executive suites and one and two bedroom suites. The rooms were beautifully renovated in 2012 with a fresh flair by one of the most acclaimed designers, Pierre Yves Rochon, who is a genius in bringing modernity and traditional style together. He has designed the rooms as such that they are light and airy but full of classical personality; they feature drapes, velvet chairs and bespoke fabric walls. The rooms come in four colours: red, yellow, green and blue.
All of the rooms have modern technological devices such as international cable television, radio, DVD players, iPhone and iPod docking stations, fax and modem points, telephone with voicemail and individually controlled air-conditioning. Each room also has a seating area, writing desk, in-room safe and mini bar. In addition, you will be spoiled with fresh fruit, handmade chocolates and prettily boxed individual servings of the Original Sacher-Torte, which will be left by your bedside each night. With its perfect lighting, fine linen and lush pillows, there is no better way to rest than here at Hotel Sacher.
A chance to watch the opera from your bedroom window or terrace
The difference between the rooms and the suites are that they have separate living rooms from the bedrooms. Some of the rooms and the suites overlook the Opera House where the evening performance is sometimes displayed onto a massive screen outside for anybody to watch, which means that you do actually get the best seat from the comfort of your room. The deluxe junior suites, however, are known to have some of the best views of not only the Opera House but also of Albertina Gallery.
Rooms on the seventh floor have an added bonus of full step-out terraces. The best terrace of all has to be that of the Presidential Suite Penthouse, as you can see from the photograph. There are three Presidential Suites, one the Penthouse, the second called Madam Butterfly and the third, Magic Flute. The Presidential Suites host international statesmen, royalty and global celebrities. These suites, like all the other rooms, are so engaging and the modern touches combined with traditional aspects makes them heavenly.
Whether you stay in a suite or a room, you will definitely receive the best that Hotel Sacher has to offer. The housekeeping are subtle, prompt and personable and no request made is too much trouble. You will feel the enormous amount of hospitality that will come from the heart of housekeeping and all members of staff in this exceptional establishment.
Television embedded within mirror screens in the bathroom
What can I really say about the huge tub with pillow, glossy tile floors and ornate mirrors? Well, one could quite frankly fall asleep in there, especially if they’ve had a long flight; that’s how comfortable it is. The grandiose of Hotel Sacher’s communal areas and rooms is certainly replicated throughout its bathrooms. The bathrooms in the hotel are so light, stylish with its colour scheme and crystal chandeliers. It is also well equipped and includes top quality features such as a television embedded within mirror screens. Heated floors which warm the room are also an added feature.
In addition, you will be treated to chocolate scented soap and lotion, which is actually not so surprising, considering it is coming from the establishment that created the most famous chocolate cake in the world, the Original Sacher-Torte. Alongside this phenomenal cake, Hotel Sacher has created its own brand of beauty products and treatments known as the “Time to Chocolate” collection. If you stay in the hotel, then your bathroom will include a number of these products, which will be replenished on a daily basis.
Five glorious places to dine including Restaurant Anna Sacher
There are five places to eat within Hotel Sacher and they are as follows: Restaurant Anna Sacher, Restaurant Rote Bar, Blaue Bar, Café Sacher and Sacher Stube.
Restaurant Anna Sacher is a gastronomic restaurant which offers Viennese cuisine within a decadent green interior with luxurious wood panels surrounding the walls. During the mornings, it is this restaurant that is brightly lit for breakfast and extends into a white and red marble dining room. As a guest, you can decide which room you wish to sit within; it is recommended that if you are staying for two nights, that you alternate between the rooms. Breakfast is served daily and is known to be the best in Vienna and includes of course, the Original Sacher-Torte. The breakfast service will charm those in search of a quintessential Viennese experience within a heartbeat.
During the evenings, Restaurant Anna Sacher is a gorgeous dining room with impeccable staff offering sumptuous food. Every course that you eat here will be perfection on the palate and visually stunning. It has a very peaceful atmosphere in the evenings where even the guests’ conversations are hushed as they are led to their tables. One can imagine Anna Sacher entering this room, pausing at every table and ordering drinks on the house, as she was known to do.
Grand formal dining as well as informal eateries
Restaurant Rote Bar offers traditional Viennese specialities and is quite frankly gorgeous and as you can see from the photograph, it has the most opulent interior. It is an idyll of claret-coloured walls and comfy banquettes, accented with a mass of mirrors. This is the perfect place for pre or post opera dining. Your dining will be a very fine experience. There is a live pianist playing in the evenings which adds to the ambience of being in a world-class and timeless establishment. It is completely traditional and elegant at the same time and exudes the spirit of Austria’s old times.
Blaue Bar, as its name suggests, is a beautiful classy and intimate dark blue bar. It is tucked off in the corner of the lobby and only has around 7 or 8 tables in the bar along with a handful of bar stools. It is a complete throwback to a different day and time and has the most wonderful atmosphere. The staff within this plush bar are extremely courteous and every moment that you linger in this bar will be a complete pleasure. A visit to this bar will not disappoint and you may even be surprised by the price tags for drinks given the status of the establishment.
The next two places to eat and enjoy the Viennese coffee house culture is at Café Sacher and Sacher Stube. Both these wonderful establishments serve delightful food including the Original Sacher-Torte. Sacher Stube, in comparison to Café Sacher, is less populated, slightly more informal and welcomes dogs.
A wonderful spa and fitness centre
Hotel Sacher has a wonderful boutique spa and a fitness centre. The spa is available for both guests and non-guests. The spa consists of a Finnish sauna, salt steam room and herbal bath. It offers some fantastic treatments and is known for its luxury signature chocolate treatments which start from 150 EUR (176 USD).
If you’re travelling with children that are aged 8 and above, then Hotel Sacher has a “Pettit Sacher Spa” where it offers treatments catered specifically for children, including mini massages for their backs (due to carrying those heavy schoolbags!). A mini massage costs 35 EUR (41 USD) and lasts for a duration of 15 minutes. The experience of using the spa and enjoying the treatments is heavenly and the entire area is an oasis of exquisite restfulness. It is very easy to fall asleep during or/and after your treatments, such is the sense of relaxation.
For non-guests, access to the spa costs between 40 EUR to 60 EUR (47 USD - 70 USD) per day, excluding treatments. The price is valid for a 3 hour stay and reservation is required in advance. It is also possible to purchase gift vouchers for usage of the spa. Please note that there is no pool within Hotel Sacher. The fitness centre in the hotel includes a combination of modern cardio and resistance equipment and can be used for an effective workout.
Create once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable moments
Hotel Sacher offers the most perfect venue for any type of an event, whether it be one that is personal or business. It has four specific areas that are dedicated to catering for functions which are as follows: the Marble Hall, the Salon Mayerling, Schonbrunner Lodge and Salon Metternich. All of these areas are beautifully designed and magnificent locations in which to host events.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue which has star quality, then without doubt, the five-star Hotel Sacher can provide you with a full wedding package which includes a registrar performing the ceremony for you and you having your reception in one of its phenomenal areas. You may even be interested to know that not only will the chefs be able to provide a special meal for all of your guests but they are even able to create an Original Sacher-Torte wedding cake. Hotel Sacher is the epitome of luxury and if you want to create an unforgettable memory, then this is certainly a place to put on the top of your list as a venue.
The small touches from the staff will elevate your experience
Everyone working at this phenomenal establishment represented the polished hospitality espoused by the Sacher matriarch herself, Anna Sacher. She believed that Hotel Sacher was the grand salon for the cultural life of Vienna and it still is today. It is certainly not only a jewel in Vienna but also one in the world. The exterior of the hotel is simply beautiful and remains as it was when it was built, in keeping with the many sumptuous buildings surrounding it in this amazing city. The interior of the hotel oozes its glorious past and shows that Hotel Sacher is a hotel with a soul.
I am confident that you will love the entire establishment and especially the small touches from the staff, who will remember your names during breakfast, will do a turndown of the room when you pop out for dinner and who will treat you with the utmost kindness and care. All I can say to you now is do yourself a favour and stay here just once in your lifetime. Danke, Hotel Sacher Wien for an incredible experience.