Hotel Sacher Wien in Vienna, Austria

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Updated: July 29, 2020

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Review of Hotel Sacher Wien in Vienna, Austria.

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

Best Nearby Cafes

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • SPAR Gourmet – Upscale version of the market chain with most things you need and a good selection of food. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Naschmarkt – The city’s largest market sells everything from fresh vegetables and ready-made food to hippie clothes and tourist tat. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Hotel Sacher Wien – The Hotel

The lobby is historic and opulent.

The tasteful, historical opulence of the hotel is apparent from the minute you walk in the door.

The interiors are filled with museum-quality pieces.

Even the common areas and lobby are filled with pieces you’d expect to find in a private mansion, from the furniture to the vases.

The Blue Bar is very elegant.

The Blue Bar makes any drink feel elegant.

The hallways are filled with photos of esteemed guests.

Don’t miss the hallway filled with photos of esteemed guests who have stayed here over the years.

Anna Sacher was the marketing genius behind everything.

Don’t forget to pay homage to Anna Sacher, the matriarch and marketing genius behind the cake and hotel.

The hallways are delightful.

Just wandering the hallways is an absolute delight.

Seasonal and innovative food is served in the Green Room.

Dine in the Green Room for innovative, seasonally driven cuisine.

There are several event rooms on the ground floor.

Wander the ground floor to stumble upon gorgeous rooms like this one which has been set up for an event.

Signed tablecloths hang from the walls.

Anna Sacher asked famous guests to sign these tablecloths and she then embroidered their signatures.

The lovely Café Sacher is always full.

Expect to queue for a seat at the lovely Café Sacher.

The Red Room offers fine Austrian dining.

Fine Austrian dining in the Red Room after a night of Opera is an experience that can’t be beat.

Sacher Eck serves Sacher Torte and cakes.

To eat your Sacher Torte in more casual surrounds (and wait less time for a table), head to Sacher Eck where you can also buy cakes in gift boxes to take away.

Salon Sacher has an amazing ceiling.

Salon Sacher has the shortest wait for a table to get a slice of Sacher Torte and is worth going to just for the incredible mixed-era ceiling.

The hotel is the birthplace of the Sacher Torte.

This is what all the fuss is about. Don’t leave the hotel without trying a slice of Sacher Torte.

Room have interesting neighborhood views.

View of the beautiful neighborhood out of a room window.

Rooms have matching wallpapers and linens.

Matching wallpaper and linens in calming tones make the opulence comfortable.

Rooms are exquisitely designed.

Each room looks like something out of an interior design spread in a magazine.

Even bathrooms feature original art.

Original art graces the walls even in some bathrooms.

Bathrooms feature fine marble.

Bathrooms are spacious and decked out in fine marble.

Newer rooms feature classic designs in bold colors.

Some of the newer rooms use bolder color schemes but the designs remain classic and soothing.

The spa is very modern.

The spa feels a bit more modern than much of the hotel.

The gym is well-equipped.

The fitness center isn’t huge but it will likely have everything you need.

Café Schwartzenberger is a delightful place to enjoy a coffee.

It’s a beautiful walk through one of the busiest parts of the historic center to grab a coffee at the delightful Café Schwartzenberger.

Kaffee Konditorei is great for a tea or coffee.

If you’re craving sweets or want to settle in somewhere for a tea or coffee, stroll straight past the Albertina Museum to the retro Mid-Century Kaffee Konditorei.

Café Museum is great for light meals.

Continue past the Albertina Museum and the AIDA café to dine or grab a light meal at the upscale Café Museum where the artist Klimt used to be a regular.

Naschmarkt is Vienna's biggest market.

Walking through beautiful historic streets brings you to a row of beautifully painted tall houses lining the not-to-miss Naschmarkt (the biggest in Vienna), selling everything from food to postcards.

Café Central boasts Sigmund Freud as one of its past patrons.

Walk alongside horse-drawn carriages and past the grand Hofburg to Café Central for Mediterranean fare or just to say you dined in the same place as Sigmund Freud.

Reserva Iberica is a great Spanish tapas bar.

Walking to Reserva Iberica, a great Spanish tapas bar, brings you through old streets full of shops and restaurants.

Julius Meinl is a very popular restaurant and wine bar.

You’ll be right in the heart of the historical part of the city as you walk to the lauded Julius Meinl restaurant and wine bar.

Oscar & Filu specializes in unique gold jewelry.

There are lots of jewelry stores in central Vienna but the unique gold pieces at Oscar & Filu, right by St Stephan’s and a short walk from the hotel, are particularly eye-catching.

The cathedral is gorgeous.

You’ll want to walk through the beautiful and lively shopping and dining streets of Vienna to visit this gorgeous cathedral multiple times.

Café Korb is another great Freud hangout.

It’s worth walking past St Stephan’s Cathedral to cool Café Korb, another Freud hangout that’s also surrounded by a handful of other good places to eat.

St Peter’s church features occasional concerts.

Check to find out concert times at St Peter’s church nearby for a very special experience.

Wiener Konzerthaus hosts concerts and musical events.

A short walk away is the century-old Wiener Konzerthaus which hosts concerts and musical events regularly.

Konditorei Oberlaa nearby serves amazing macarons.

Who isn’t craving a macaron? Fortunately it’s only a short walk to get one of the amazing ones (or more) at Konditorei Oberlaa.

Steiff is an adorable shop selling soft toys.

Buy a soft toy at the adorable Steiff, possibly the original home of the teddy bear, a short walk through old streets full of shops and cafes from the hotel.

The Austrian National Library is simply stunning.

Prepare to have your mind blown at the stunning Austrian National Library, a short walk from the hotel and just past the Albertina Museum.

Gmunder sells fine ceramics.

Find exquisite, handmade, fine ceramics here at Gmunder, a short walk into the heart of the city.

Villon Wine Bar has a 500-year-old wine cellar.

Heading down into this 500-year-old, multi-story wine cellar at Villon Wine Bar to drink wine is one of those experiences worth traveling for.

Blue Mustard nearby serves creative cocktails.

Vienna does hip and modern as well as old and ornate, as you’ll find when drinking a creative cocktail at Blue Mustard nearby.

Albertina Museum has the loveliest art displays.

There are so many museums in Vienna but the Albertina, only steps from the hotel, could be the loveliest, with the art displayed in ornate historic guest apartments of royals.

Café Mozart serves classic Viennese dishes.

Enjoy classic Viennese dishes in a classic Viennese setting at Café Mozart just around the corner.

Café Hawelka is a great place to enjoy coffee.

Sip coffee at the very hip Café Hawelka where Andy Warhol used to hang out.

Beautiful gardens stretch from Burggarten to Volsgarten.

A string of beautiful and classic gardens runs from the Burggarten to the Volsgarten and its rose gardens, shown in this photo.

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