Top 8 places to stay in Salzburg

Salzburg is a multi-faceted city that will appeal to lovers of nature, architecture and museums alike. You can choose to immerse yourself in the heart of the luxurious, bustling city centre, where you'll find numerous luxury hotels and private flats ready to welcome you (prices will inevitably be a little higher in the city centre).

If you're looking for peace and quiet, you'll be better off on the outskirts: lovers will be enchanted by the banks of the Salzach, the charming river that runs through the centre of the city. And if you're a student or on a tight budget, don't panic: the city is full of affordable accommodation and youth hostels. Finally, hikers and skiers will probably prefer to get away to more mountainous areas, ideal for practising their sport.

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Hotel Sacher Salzburg: treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury

© Hotel Sacher Salzburg/
© Hotel Sacher Salzburg/

Choosing the Hotel Sacher means opting for the ultimate in luxury! Ideally located next to Mozart's house in the heart of Salzburg, this is a legendary hotel, just like its brother in Vienna. You'll be in the heart of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, right next to Mozart's house. Salzburg airport is 15 km away, so allow 20 minutes for transfers.

Labelled "The Leading Hotel of The World", the Hotel Sacher Salzburg is characterised by the charm of its lobby, its rooms, its restaurant and its café, where tourists flock to savour the famous Sacher Tochte! It now houses 135 rooms and suites, the Mozartkugel Café and the Salzachgrill Barbecue Restaurant. Guests have included Julie Andrews, the star of The Sound of Music, filmed in Salzburg, the Beatles, Hugh Grant and Hillary Clinton.

The style of each furnished room or suite has been carefully chosen. Wood panelling and carved ceilings are combined with elegant paintings and silk wallpaper. This taste for tradition does not prevent the hotel from being equipped with modern facilities (air conditioning, wifi, minibar, etc).

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Hotel Sacher

Hotel open since 1866
9.6 Exceptional
£423 / night

"The Keep, Eco room, for an eco-friendly stay

© The Keep Eco Rooms/
© The Keep Eco Rooms/

Those who want to travel in an eco-friendly way can do so with "The Keep, Eco room". Just a 10-minute walk from the main railway station, and 2 minutes from the River Salzer, it offers private rooms (some with sitting areas) with shared bathroom facilities.

The whole concept of this accommodation is based on the notion of recovery: the property was a former retirement home, which was saved from demolition. It has been decorated with many items that were destined to be thrown away: the coat hangers and the pretty chandelier in the common room come from wood collected from the river bank. Similarly, the bedside table is made from scraps of wood from furniture manufacturers. Finally, the curtain in the communal shower is made from old tents that had to be thrown away. The rooms have a warm, urban look.

This authenticity is reflected in services such as breakfast, with ingredients sourced from local producers less than 50 km away. The soap in the showers is also home-made and local.

In addition to its eco-responsible aspect, the establishment is very practical for travellers looking for independence: access to the room is via a unique code sent by email before your arrival. So no stress if you're arriving late at night!

The Keep Eco Rooms Salzburg

The Keep Eco Rooms

Hotel located 800 metres from Salzburg central station
7.9 Fine
£127 / night

The Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus, a hostel with panoramic views

©Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus/
©Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus/

Thanks to its privileged location on the Mönchsberg mountain, the Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus has a superb panoramic view of Salzburg, which is rare for a youth hostel! Whether it's from your room, the restaurant or the garden, you're in for a real treat!

The communal dining room is charming, with its rustic look, its fireplace (very welcome in winter!), and the typically Austrian dishes served there. In summer, you can also enjoy the garden. The Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus offers 22 guest beds in 5 rooms. The dormitories are simply furnished and have parquet flooring. Bathrooms are shared.

""Spectacular views from the room's window look like a postcard. The photos don't do it justice. It's an incredible place. The environment is quiet and cool, as the hotel is set in the middle of nature. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are very clean". "

Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus Salzburg

Stadtalm Naturfreundehaus

Hotel located in the Mönchsberg mountains
8.2 Very good
£56 / night

Johannes Schlössl - Gästehaus der Pallottiner am Mönchsberg

The Johannes-Schlößl is an ecclesiastical guest house where genuine hospitality is cultivated. You can take part in the Pallottine monastery fast, retreats and various themed seminars. Anyone who wants to recharge their batteries mentally and emotionally will find this establishment perfect!

It's ideally located in the old town, in the heart of a large, peaceful natural park. The tranquillity that emanates from the nature reserve is also found in the park and in the house. You can choose single, double or even triple rooms, depending on your wishes and budget.

© Johannes Schlössl - Gästehaus der Pallottiner am Mönchsberg/
©Johannes Schlössl - Gästehaus der Pallottiner am Mönchsberg/
Johannes Schlössl - Gästehaus der Pallottiner am Mönchsberg Salzburg

Johannes Schlössl - Gästehaus der Pallottiner am Mönchsberg

Hotel in the heart of Salzburg
8.5 Very good
£175 / night

A mountain break with Avenida Panorama Suites Kaprun

If you're looking for a weekend in the mountains with your partner or family, we recommend the Avenida Panorama Suites Kaprun, located 1 km from Lechnerberg, a popular ski slope for beginners. With panoramic views of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain, the hotel is situated, as its name suggests, in Kaprun, an Austrian village in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, at an altitude of 786 metres. The village is well known to tourists who enjoy skiing or cycling.

The hotel offers a full service: indoor spa, shared laundry room with several washers and dryers, ski room with lockers including boot warmers, free ski shuttle service. During the summer season, you can take advantage of the Zell am See-Kapru summer card, which offers numerous discounts and special offers in a network of partner establishments. A great way to save money on meals and spas!

©AvenidA Panorama Suites Kaprun /
©AvenidA Panorama Suites Kaprun /
AvenidA Panorama Suites Kaprun Salzburg

AvenidA Panorama Suites Kaprun

Hotel with panoramic views of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain
9.3 Fabulous
£143 / night

Sleep in an old farmhouse at Hotel Schöne Aussicht

When you stay at the Hotel Schöne Aussicht, you will be staying in a 350-year-old farmhouse that has been renovated to a modern standard. You can stay in one of the hotel's 26 rooms, which come in different sizes (single, double, family). The family who run the hotel have chosen to decorate the interiors in a traditional way. The dining room, in particular, recalls the look of Austrian inns, with its small openwork wooden chairs.

The hotel is ideally situated on the Heuberg, one of the foothills of the Salzkammergut mountains. This means you can enjoy both nature and proximity to the city centre (the accommodation is just 3 km from the city centre). The views from the rooms and restaurant are superb. In summer, the hotel offers a free outdoor swimming pool. Throughout the year, you can also enjoy a sauna, hammam and jacuzzi on request.

©Boutique Hotel Auersperg/
©Boutique Hotel Auersperg/
Boutique Hotel Auersperg Salzburg

Boutique Hotel Auersperg

Boutique hotel in the heart of the city
9.2 Fabulous
£223 / night

Room 4 & 5 Apartments, just like home

©Room 4 & 5 Apartments/
©Room 4 & 5 Apartments/

For those who want a little independence but still want to be in the city centre, Room 4 & 5 Apartments is for you.

Located just 700 metres from the Salzburg Festival Palace, Room 4 & 5 Apartments offers a bicycle rental service, which is ideal for exploring the city! What's more, the flats are all fully equipped to make long stays easier: you'll find a kitchen with ceramic hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine for morning coffee, kettle, toaster, crockery and cooking utensils. In short, everything you need to prepare a delicious meal! Despite its proximity to the city's tourist attractions, you'll be able to enjoy a garden and swimming pool, which are rare in the city centre!

Room 4 & 5 Apartments Salzburg

Room 4 & 5 Apartments

Hotel located 700 metres from the Palais des Festivals
8.6 Superb
£132 / night

A plunge into history with Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt

©Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt/

Immerse yourself in Salzburg's history with the Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt. A jewel in the heart of Salzburg, the hotel has seen centuries of history pass it by. The building was originally constructed in 1377 as a brewery. As you look around, you will see traces of the past that have been carefully preserved throughout the establishment (medieval wooden ceilings, intricate stucco work, old paintings). Each room has been personalised with a different decoration. You will be staying in luxurious rooms of the highest standard (5 stars).

This quality is also evident in the hotel's restaurant, called "Symphonie". You can enjoy exquisite dishes made with seasonal regional ingredients, accompanied by carefully selected wines. The view from the restaurant, which overlooks the Kapuzinerberg mountain, is truly superb.

"Historic hotel in a fantastic location, central but very quiet if you choose one of the rooms overlooking the pedestrian street. The staff are charming and couldn't be more helpful. Excellent buffet breakfast with a wide selection of cheeses, meats, fruit, breads and pastries (including Sacher Torte). Beautiful dining room with views of the hills and river. The rooms are spacious and traditionally decorated with very comfortable beds and a coffee machine. All in all a wonderful hotel and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Salzburg for a few days. "

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