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Updated: July 29, 2020
Hotel Sacher Wien – The sumptuous style of this hotel is just as delicious as the torte that helped make it famous.
Historical, family-run, and an icon of Viennese style and hospitality, the Sacher Hotel is one of the finest places to stay in the country. Anna Sacher, the family’s matriarch, brilliantly marketed the hotel around their specialty torte which has become world-famous. The hotel has been impeccably upgraded through the years to retain its history and yet be as comfortable as any modern establishment. The location, right around the corner from the Albertina Museum, couldn’t be more central, chic, or practical for sightseeing.
Hotel Sacher Wien – Location
- Address: Philharmoniker St. 4, 1010 Wein, Austria.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Karlsplatz (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk) and Stephansplatz (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk).
- Area: Prime location on a chic shopping street, only a 1-minute walk (100m) to the Vienna State Opera, 2-minute walk(0.1 mile) from the Albertina Museum, and 3 minutes (0.2 mile) from the Burrgarten Park. Many of the city’s top sights are under a 10-minute walk away. The area itself is busy but quiet and upscale.
- How to Get There: The Karlsplatz and Stephansplatz U-Bahn stations are both 6 minutes away and the Herrengasse station is a 9-minute walk (0.5 mile), while the Kärntner Straße bus station is right across the road (75m, 1-minute walk). The Oper/Kärtner tram stop on the Ringstrasse Tram loop that circles the central area of Vienna is a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile). Alternately, taxis are readily available in front of the hotel, Uber works well in Vienna, or pick up a horse-drawn carriage to take the slow route around town. A taxi from the Vienna International Airport to the hotel will take about 40 minutes (15 miles).
- Handy to: Albertina Museum, Vienna State Opera, Burrgarten.
Hotel Sacher Wien – The Basics
- Ages: This hotel is an ageless classic and all ages stay here. However, the over-40 bracket is particularly well represented at this price point.
- View: Rooms with city views overlook incredible architecture that may include the Vienna State Opera or Albertina Museum. Courtyard views may just mean looking at a wall.
- Parking: Parking is available for €34 per day.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: Staying here feels like reliving a part of Vienna’s history. Check out the photos of guests from royalty to rock stars. Learning about Anna Sacher, a businesswoman ahead of her time, is another treat. Also, anyone who knows furniture will revel in the fine, sometimes museum-quality pieces found in the rooms (we spotted a Biedermeier desk).
- When to Book: At least 4 months out for the Christmas season and 3 months for dates in May through June-end and September through October. July and August are less busy but still think of booking around a month in advance. During other months, you may be able to find last-minute rooms.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +43 1-514-4560
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: sacher.com
Hotel Sacher Wien – Amenities
- Spa: Luxurious spa that features a sauna and steam bath. The signature treatments use St Bath and La Prairie products and include an indulgent chocolate-based experience. Open from 9 am to 10 pm.
- Fitness Center: Small but excellent. Open 24/7.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel is very well-equipped for disabled guests with numerous specially designed rooms and services.
- For Families: Kids are very welcome. Families are very well catered for and children get teddy bears on arrival, special linens, a children’s guidebook to the hotel, special treatments at the spa, and kids’ menus at the restaurants. Babysitting services and cots are available.
- Activities: Eating the famous Sacher Torte and perusing the photos of the hotel’s history and illustrious guests.
- Other Facilities: There’s a room on the first floor with bulletproof windows and a quick escape route designed for dignitaries and celebrities.
Hotel Sacher Wien – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: There’s almost always a queue for the hotel’s famous Café Sacher (open 8 am-midnight), the iconic red and white coffee house where you can enjoy a slice of the famous Sacher Torte. If you don’t want to wait in line (or at least have a shorter wait), the stunning, mid-century designed Salon Sacher (open 9 am-8 pm) and Sacher Eck that’s somewhere in between the two other cafes (open 8 am-midnight; there’s also a gift shop here selling boxed tortes) are the hotel’s other cafés that serve the exact same slice of cake. • For dining, you’re also spoiled for choice with the opulent Restaurant Rote Bar (open noon-midnight with live piano music every evening) that serves traditional Austrian cuisine and features a terrace that guests can use during summer. • Restaurant Grüne Bar is a more innovative fine dining that bases its menu on local, seasonal ingredients (open 6 pm-midnight). $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: Sip coffee to cocktails on a plush sofa in sumptuous surrounds at the Blaue Bar. Open daily 10 am-2 am.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary. An incredible buffet breakfast with every delicacy you could imagine (including Sacher Torte) is available for €43 per person.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.
Hotel Sacher Wien – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Room • Junior Suite • Signature Suite • Grande Signature Suite • Madame Butterfly Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Hotel Sacher Wien is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: Rooms and suites are individually designed and feature luxurious interiors with crystal chandeliers and original artwork. All of the fantastic premium suites are named after operas. The 200sqm, top-floor Madame Butterfly Suite is the pick of the bunch with a nearly 360-degree view of the city, a fireplace, study, kitchen, terrace, and incredible, historic, opulent, and comfortable interior design with plenty of fine art.
- For Families: There are lots of great choices for families here including 2-bedroom suites with kitchens.
Hotel Sacher Wien – Local Transport
- Walking: This is a prime walking area with many top sights under 10 minutes away. Head out the door and get lost in fairytale lanes with horse-drawn carriages to stumble on architectural marvels from St Stephen’s Cathedral to the many museums and parks.
- Subway and Bus: Bus and tram stops are the easiest walks from the hotel and 3 major U-Bahn stops – Karlsplatz, Stephansplatz, and Herengasse – are all under a 10-minute walk. It’s very easy to navigate the city’s public transport system and get nearly anywhere from here.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Taxis are easy to find (get the hotel to call one for you) and Uber is quick, generally safe, and easy in Vienna.
Hotel Sacher Wien – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Vienna Walks & Talks – Offers a number of excellent 90-minute walking tours including music tours, underground Vienna, and Third Man movie tours. Start location: Depends on tour.
- Space & Place – Offbeat themed tours from Brexit (focusing on expats and ending at a pub, of course) to the ugly side of Vienna can be booked with this fun and knowledgeable company. Start location: Depends on tour.
- Fiaker Carriage Tours – Lines of horse-drawn carriages with local drivers can be found around the Albertina Museum. Hail one yourself or ask the hotel to find one for you. You can choose the amount of time you’d like to spend clip-clopping through town, and the drivers generally offer some commentary and point out highlights. Start location: 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Hotrod City Tour – Tours around the city and beyond become more fun when you’re behind the wheel of a low-to-the-ground, open-air, mini hot rod. There are also tours on Vespa scooters and by tuk tuk. Start location: Vien Hotrod Tour store (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk).
- Ring Tram Tour – Take the famous 25-minute tram loop with video commentary so you can get the most out of the city’s history, architecture, and more. Start location: Schwedenplatz (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Café Mozart – Over a century old stop for home-style Viennese classics and especially luscious cakes from strudels to tortes. In the same building as the hotel. 1-minute walk (25m).
- Bitzinger Würstelstand – The best sausage stand in Vienna. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Plachutta – Lauded restaurant for specialty Austrian meat dishes, most of which use locally sourced ingredients. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Le Bol – French style café specializing in open-face tartines and croque monsieur. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Café Museum – Klimt was once a regular at this smart, circa 1899 café serving classic Viennese fare and delectable pastries. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Tian – Some of the best vegetarian food you’ll find anywhere in the world (with a Michelin star to prove it), served in an elegant dining room. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Julius Meinl am Graben – Spectacular international dishes are served here alongside an equally impressive wine list. There’s also a wine bar in the cellar. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Café Central – Stunning late 19th-century architecture. Trotsky to Freud hung out here and you can, too, for coffee or Mediterranean-inspired fare. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Café Korb – Sigmund Freud’s favorite hangout is still delightful and serves an excellent apple strudel. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Kruger’s American Bar – Legendary 1920s bar with a hefty drinks menu, cigar lounge, and Sinatra tunes. 1-minute walk (100m).
- 1516 Brewing Company – A huge selection of beers on tap plus a busy terrace area and sports on TV. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Sky Bar – This chic cocktail bar atop a department store has one of the best views in the city. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Loos American Bar – Possibly the hippest place in the city center for a cocktail, so go early for a table. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Blue Mustard – Grab affordable and fun internationally-inspired cocktails and bar food. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Villon – Head underground into this 500-year-old cellar to sip wines and champagnes by the glass or bottle. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Reserva Iberica by Paco – Spanish tapas and wine bar serving locally cured hams. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Porgy & Bess – Dimly lit, popular jazz bar with acts from around the world. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Café Schwarzenberg – A traditional Viennese coffee house that focuses on coffee more than food. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- AIDA Café Konditorei – Jolly, pink, mid-century style café with good cake and coffee. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Café Hawelka – Historic café once frequented by Warhol and serving the same Buchteln (jam-filled rolls) it did back then. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- J&L Lobmeyr Vienna – Worth visiting for the chandelier-clad atrium ceiling alone. The ceramics, glass, and homeware here are a feast for the eyes. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Oberlaa – Get sweet gifts from chocolates to a rainbow of macrons at this shop with several branches around town. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Steiff – Considered the creator of the original teddy bear, the stuffed toys here are of very high quality. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Gmundner Keramic – Handmade Austrian ceramics with exquisite craftmanship. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Oscar & Filu – Unique, modern gold jewelry. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Meinl am Graben – A great stop for fine European foods, from chocolates to cured meats. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Albertina Museum – One of the city’s top art museums, housed in the opulent guest apartments of the royal Habsburgs. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Vienna State Opera House – Historic, architecturally outrageous, and one of the busiest opera houses in the world, seeing an opera here is a must if you enjoy the genre. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Burrgarten & Volksgarten – These 2 beautiful and grand gardens are separated by the Hofburg complex. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Haus der Musik – A museum dedicated to sound and music with plenty of interactive exhibits. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- State Hall of the National Austrian Library – An ancient library that looks like something out of a movie. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Spanish Riding School – Come here to watch the Lipinzzaner stallion show, a Viennese institution. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Hofburg Imperial Apartments – Palace living quarters of Franz Josef I and his well-loved wife Sisi, now open to the public by tour and includes the Sisi Museum full of royal portraits, clothing, and jewelry. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- St Stephen’s Cathedral – Spired and jaw-droppingly beautiful cathedral in the heart of the city. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- St Peter’s Catholic Church – An ornate Catholic church with regular concerts and great acoustics. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Mozarthaus Vienna – Now a museum, this was the great composer Mozart’s residence for 24 years. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).