Auerspergstrasse 61, Salzburg, Austria
The difference between a good hotel room and a WOW one is having something that sets it apart from every other, homogeneous design. In the case of the Hotel Auersperg it was a poster of the Rat Pack on the door of the mini bar.
The iconic image of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra shows the über cool trio dressed in tuxedos and smoking cigarettes. Sammy Davis and Sinatra are laughing uproariously at something Dino is saying. You can’t see drinks in the picture but you just know drink has been taken. The caption on the poster simply reads “This is the way to the bar”.
It’s not like we even use a mini bar, except for the water and to chill our own drinks, but that image instantly set the whole tone for the room – retro chic, laid back and funky. If the hotel hadn’t been right in the heart of irresistible Salzburg, I may have chosen to spend the entire weekend right there in the company of the Hollywood cool cats.
Buzz Trips’ Opinion
Italian chic meets New York vogue in this stylishly intimate boutique hotel just a 15 minute stroll from the river and the heart of the Old Town. Rooms are every bit as comfortable as they are good looking; a courtyard garden provides a green retreat from the city and a rooftop spa and roof garden place the cherry firmly on top of a very seductive cake. The perfect base for a weekend getaway, a business meeting or a romantic retreat, the Auersperg Hotel is the sort of home from home you wish your home was like.
55 rooms are located between the main hotel building and the Villa annex. Beautifully designed fittings sit within impeccable, retro chic décor with lots of stand out features such as walk-in shower and en suite with under floor heating and drawers and cupboard doors that glide gently to closed. Beds are sigh-inducing comfortable with damask sheets which, along with double glazing, ensure coma style, uninterrupted sleep.
We had a superior room in the Villa with a large entrance hall dressing room and a small sitting room area. Floors were hardwood; en suite and entrance hall partitions were walnut panelling; the headboard was leather and the soft furnishings and walls were in neutral colours. The addition of a CD player along with a copy of Cesaria Evora’s Cabo Verde album sealed the cool credentials and perfectly complimented what was quite simply, a very sexy room.
The Auersperg uses its space to elegant effect. The reception area exudes eclectic chic with leather chairs occupying windows alongside antique, walnut cabinets and a contemporary chandelier hanging below a neoclassical ceiling like a gold starburst. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but its hip, ’60s bar serves a small daily menu of organic light meals such as home made soups and cakes. Breakfast is in the airy dining room or on the outside terrace overlooking the garden when the weather permits. Produce is fresh, local and organic with the emphasis on cereals, fruit, juices, cold meats, cheeses, bread and cakes.
A rooftop spa and relaxation garden provide sauna, steam room and idyllic chill out space with massage and yoga available as add-ons. Parking at the hotel is €12 per night.
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