The Arthotel Blaue Gans (Blue Goose) claims descent from the oldest inn in Salzburg, which at first seems difficult to reconcile with its "art hotel" badge, but in many ways this reflects the hotel's success in combining modernity with heritage. We stayed at the hotel in April 2012. The best part of this hotel is the location - with a front entrance on Getreidegasse (the old town's "high street") and a back entrance on Karajanplatz (across which it faces the festival concert hall). It was an amazing experience to step out of the front entrance straight into the centre of the old town, with Mozart's birth place down the street one way and his church just up the street the other way, with the cliffs of the Festungberg (fortress hill) just behind it. As well as easy access to the Salzburg Festival venues, the back entrance also has a trolley bus stop right outside (with direct services to the main station). It was simply the ideal location for exploring and enjoying all that Salzburg has to offer.
Our room on the first floor faced onto Karajanplatz, with great views towards the fortress hill and the festival hall. We had booked a double room and received a free upgrade to a large double room. We loved the combination of traditional and modern elements, like the artworks in the room (and tasteful furnishing that could almost be art works themselves), the spacious room and especially the spacious bathroom with beautiful tiling, and the well maintained traditional double casement windows which kept the room quiet while giving the room beautiful views and plenty of natural light. Both the room itself and the public areas of the hotel were thoughtfully decorated and furnished. Some touches we especially liked: the beautiful tea facilities set out on a landing for guest use, where we made ourselves a cup of darjeeling and took a biscotti from the jar; a green house / garden in an atrium on the first floor; the library, with books, travel guides and DVDs, and of course the art work scattered around the hotel. One great thing about the overall design is that it manages to achieve a sense of airy natural lighting, something that many historical hotels fail to do.
We had dinner and breakfast (the latter included in our room rate) in the hotel restaurant. We greatly enjoyed both the food and drink, and the relaxed atmosphere. The dinner menu was strong on modern Salzburg / Austrian fare, which was well executed. The breakfast had a great variety - breads, fruits and cereals, as well as a wide choice of hot egg dishes and hot drinks, both made to order. Both the restaurant staff and the general hotel staff were friendly and very helpful.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel. The only (small) negatives are: 1. the relatively high room rate (though we thought it worth the money, and it was not as expensive as other hotels of similar status in Salzburg) and 2. separate, single-sized blankets on the double bed.
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19 May 2012
thank you so much, we appreciate your positive words.
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