The Best Boutique Hotels in Salzburg

Salzburg Old Town with Fortress Hohensalzburg visible in the background
Salzburg Old Town with Fortress Hohensalzburg visible in the background | © Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 September 2020

Salzburg is full of beautiful mountainous landscapes and historic city sites. Stay in the home of the real Von Trapp family, or enjoy the spas that some of these fantastic luxury hotels have on offer.

Immortalised in its role as the backdrop to the Sound of Music – and the birthplace of one Wolfgang Mozart, no less – Salzburg has a rich history that draws visitors from far and wide. But there’s more to this Austrian city than musicals and Mozart, providing you know where to look. Thanks to its heyday as one of Europe’s salt mine capitals (hence the name), it has a history of wealth that’s preserved in its many spectacular historical buildings. Lucky for you, some of these have been repurposed as boutique hotels – the best of which we have rounded up below.

Hotel Schloss Monchstein

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Described as a “unique jewel in the heart of Salzburg”, these 5-star luxury lodgings are sure to make you feel like royalty. Boasting palatial, seemingly never ending grounds and all the very finest amenities, a stay at Hotel Schloss Monchstein is a uniquely exclusive experience. If the thought of a Finnish sauna, outdoor infinity pool, gym and gourmet restaurant don’t tempt you, then nothing will.
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Hotel and Villa Auersperg

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Although located in the bustling heart of the city, Hotel & Villa Auersperg is the perfect place for a tranquil stay away. The on-site spa is one of the star highlights – complete with a sauna, steam room and a massage parlour for ultimate relaxation. Yoga lovers can take part in a weekly class, at 7.30am every Wednesday, with private one-on-one lessons also available upon request. There are various packages to choose from, including double rooms and luxurious suites.
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artHOTEL Blaue Gans

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This stylish and unique hotel holds the claim to fame of being Salzburg’s oldest Inn, at over 600 years of age. Standing at one end of the city’s most popular shopping stretches, Getreidegasse, and close to all the main attractions, such as Mozart’s birthplace, it is both ideally located and full to the brim of luxury features. Each bedroom is different from the next, decorated with contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs.

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Hotel Sacher Salzburg

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Idyllically located on the edge of the picturesque River Salzach and right next to the Old Town, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is a polished and pristine establishment with a long running reputation of being one of the finest stays in the city. The name of the hotel derives from Franz Sacher – the creator of the delicious and rich chocolate torte – one of Austria’s national dishes and a must-try dessert at the hotel cafe.

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Romantik Hotel Gmachl

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This quaint, family-run hotel is tucked away in the outskirts of the city in Elixhausen. Ideal for couples away on a romantic getaway, there are excursions on offer that promise to make sparks fly – including boat trips, intimate dining experiences and spa packages. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, run by chef Christian Kastenmeier, offers creative dishes made using fresh regional ingredients – including special roast dinners on Sundays.

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Hotel Amadeus

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Located in a historic 500-year-old building, this hotel is full of charm and character. Terraces are provided on the first and second floors, providing guests with lovely views over the grassy cemetery where some of the Mozart family are buried. The rooms are sizeable, comfortable and each is equipped with a Sound of Music DVD.

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Hotel Stein

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There are historical hotels and then there’s Hotel Stein which has occupied the same building and position since the year 1399. The hotel has recently been revived into a modern-meets-historical hotspot, with many of its grand original features maintained – take the 18th-century stucco ceilings that took over three months to repair, for example. The jewel in the crown, however, is the rooftop Steinterrasse which provides a magnificent view of Salzburg as the backdrop to your evening drink.
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Cool Mama

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One of the few skyscrapers in this otherwise low-built city, Cool Mama cuts a striking figure. This is an ultramodern hotel – think floating beds, a freestanding bath in the middle of your room and sleek, monochromatic decor that enhances the incredible city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sky Restaurant and Bar occupies the penthouse level, meaning your scrambled eggs come with a side of breathtaking views every morning. In the warmer months, you can enjoy cocktails al fresco on the terrace.
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Hotel Goldgasse

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With just 16 rooms, this cute boutique hotel can be found down a medieval alley in the heart of Salzburg’s historic quarter. Rooms are modern yet characterful, alluding to historical details with medieval-inspired murals covering feature walls. A mini Smeg fridge will keep your drinks cold, and a DeLonghi espresso machine will make sure you get your early-morning pick-me-up. Breakfast is unforgettable – think fresh pastries, bread, fruit and juices, with cereals and scrambled eggs to set you right. You can even wash it all down with a glass of sparkling wine.
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Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on September 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.