Bristol Hotel Salzburg
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Highs lows and everything in between. Life in mainland Europe is a blur. Every city has the same high speed rush of Los Angeles, the same smells, the same surly people. Yet there is a strong presence of history around every corner. The weight of time hangs heavy over you. Each building has a plack with a date of construction or renovation on it. You step into a modern cafe and realize that the building has been standing since 1580. It has stood through harsh ...
I've been waiting for this day since we booked the trip, the tour of eagles nest. We woke to a mostly sunny day with a few clouds, so that was a good start. It was as good as I expected and all really enjoyed the tour. We took the lift up to eagles nest and crammed in like sardines. We were lucky, mostly sun with a few clouds but a bit chilly being so high up. The views were ...
... the Alps is spectacular and the tour of the Mines is really good. It's still a fully operating mine and the miners do double duty as tour guides. They only speak german so there are audio set for the foreigners to listen to the description of how the salt was mined. There are couple of crazy wooden slides to descend into the mine - everyone's bottom gets quite warm and boat ride across a lake. There is a lot going on inside ...
After our big breakfast, thankfully we are doing heaps of walking as these breakfast are huge. We walk to the old quarter and come across some beautiful fruit and veg markets. Fatty Vanda had to try a sachetorte cake( so so), like everything that you think is going to taste yummy is not so. Di and I went ...
... a bit of a wander around and caught the fernicular railway vertically up a mountain to the fort. the views were amazing, the weather had been beautiful all day. we cam back down after more defrosting in a cafe and had a quick look around the christmas markets then power walked back to the hostel cause it was -12 degrees and i couldn't feel my toes! tomorrow i'm going warm clothes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bristol Hotel Salzburg
Very nice hotel
This hotel is a short walk from the city center and in a nice area with some shopping. The front desk was very helpful and the service was efficient. Our junior suite was very large, nicely decorated with a fantastic modern bathroom. The room was clean, free of cigarette smoke odor, cool from good a/c and nicely decorated. The breakfast was excellent. The hotel has more of a boutique lodging atmosphere than a luxurious, full-service hotel but was completely satisfying considering the price difference from the fancier lodging options nearby.
Good but strange feeling
Some great things and... one major problem! The hotel is lovely, the location great, and the young red-haired lady who checked us in was wonderfully helpful! She gave us a great room on the top floor despite our having paid very little for the hotel (About €100!). She escorted us to the room, which was very personable, and gave us good advice when needed. She also told us the restaurant was closed and room service could only be used for relatively basic dishes. In fact, when we came back, tired, from a nice concert and asked for room service, the guy whom we talked to advised us to go out somewhere else altogether, but it was past 10pm, we were tired and waking up early to catch a train so we ordered anyway. Ouch! The sandwich of my girlfriend was horrid and my gulash reminded me of what I would expect a can of dog food to be like. Unbelieveable. Breakfast the next morning was only a little better. THis left us a bit disappointed despite the hotel having a lot of charm. It simply won't do when it comes to comparing them to their major competitor, the Sacher, which enjoys a riverside position and a wonderful restaurant and cafe. A pity.
We stayed here over New Year, It's a very nice hotel but a bit stale, the room was nicely decorated with a view of the square and the bathroom was brand new, the staff are polite and helpful but something was missing, there was no atmosphere to the place, I expect it was far grander in the past. In short, nothing really wrong with the place but really lacked the extras you would expect from the star rating.
Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous.....
We stayed at this hotel over Christmas and it was wonderful. Right from when you step in the door the staff are most efficient and helpful. Our room was huge with lovely furnishings and a nice outlook. We had a nice basket of fruit and chocolates in the room. The bathroom was also huge (bigger than some hotel rooms I have stayed in). Housekeeping was also very good with a nighly turn down service and fresh towels if required. The only downside to our stay was Christmas Eve dinner in the restaurant where our reservation was not correct and they did little to try and sort it out. It should be noted that the restaurant is not run by the hotel. Needless to say we did not return to eat there. However the breakfasts were excellent including making fresh omlete's or ham and eggs for you. We also got champagne for breakfast but this may have just been for the festive season.
My mother and I had a wonderful stay at Salzburg's Hotel Bristol in late November 2004. We had a relatively large room with a great view overlooking the city. The hotel staff was most gracious and helpful throughout our visit, and the included breakfast was quite nice too.
Lovely Hotel but too big for us
We stayed at the Bristol for one night 27th September 2004, on our recent trip to Austria. Lovely old hotel with easy access to the river and centre of town. Rooms very clean and tidy and breakfast superb - the room itself is wonderful. Staff very friendly and helpful and excellent shop for glass just next door! We drove here from Zell am See and they parked our car for us at no cost, excellent benefit for centre of town location. Would stay again, but would ask for rooms to the front of the hotel as there is building work going on at the rear and no real view, however this did not cause us a problem - far too much to see to stay in. No other facilities other than the bar, but unfortunately the barman had broken his arm the previous day so no drinks! The hotel was perhaps a bit big for us, we would prefer something smaller and more homely.
We stayed in this lovely hotel for only one night and wished we stayed longer. The service was excellent with very helpful and insightful suggestions and directions. The room was charming with a spotless bathroom. The staff made arrangements for us to see the theatre. Further testiment to service: we arrived in the rain and the bellhop managed to park our rental car on the street to save us the parking garage fee. We booked via a discount website so the room was relatively inexpensive for us but if you are looking to book a very special hotel, it is worth a high price. The location is about five minutes walking from old city and in a beautiful square across from Mozart's residence (not his birthplace). We cannot wait to return to Salzburg and stay here again!!
Absolutely wonderful and romantic!
My experience at the Bristol Hotel in Salzburg was unforgettable! I was generously offered a beautiful junior suite at a special rate for my wedding. It was a grand and spacious room with beautiful views of the square, complete with a gigantic marble bathroom. I stayed there the night before my wedding and then on my wedding night with my husband. Both the owner and staff ensured personalised service and attention to detail. We definitely recommend the hotel to all our friends and family. Unfortunately, we didn't know about this place until after we had already booked rooms at another hotel nearby which was much "stuffier" and less personable. My husband and I intend on going back to the same place and room on our 5th wedding anniversary.
Salzburg is one of Europes top 5
Salburg and the Bristol Hotel have been the highlight of my European adventure. This clean, quite and beatiful city is a must see! An extra bonus for Mozart lovers and Sound of Music lovers. Take the Sound of Music tour regardless. It is a great way to see the city and beautiful country-side.