Quintessentially Austrian, but none of Alpine kitsch or Sound of Music schmaltz, the Hotel & Villa Auersperg is a proper slice of Salzburg chic. The outstanding, (three generations) family-run boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century villa, a pleasant stroll away from the Unesco-listed historic city centre.
Authentic and with heaps of charm, interiors are a pleasant hotch-potch of antique and modern décor. Marble floors and antique furniture are complemented by designer touches, deep-cherry wood panels and a colour palette of midnight blues, along with calming pinks and many shades of grey. Old colour-tinted photos of iconic landmarks across the globe adorn the guest room walls.
These exceptionally stylish rooms range from “mini” to suites and are distributed between the hotel building and the adjacent villa. They come with polished wooden floors and modern designer furniture, such as a marble oval coffee table, Artemide lamps and Eames-style chairs. Rooms facilities include air conditioning, a HD LCD TV, a Nespresso machine, a minibar, Tivoli audio system, a safe, an iPod dock and a CD/DVD player (selection available). The large bathrooms have walk-in showers and seperate tubs and come with a hairdryer.
The extensive, organic breakfast (Bio Austria certified) of locally-sourced produce includes an exceptionally good range of vegan, gluten and lactose-free options. In fair weather you can also have breakfast on the garden terrace. The hotel’s relaxed bar and café serves homemade soups, local antipasti and toasted sandwiches during the day, and drinks and cocktails in the evening. There is no restaurant as such, but plenty can be found in a few minutes’ walk at the Linzergasse pedestrian zone.
The City Spa offers a sauna, a steam bath, and a beautiful roof terrace. Yoga lessons are offered every Wednesday and Friday morning, and relaxation massages are also provided. Bicycle rental.
Your host: Bettina Wiesinger
• 55 rooms (15-45m2)
• Hotel opened: 1959
• Interior Design: Mark Wiesinger
• Bathroom amenities: Pieper Biokosmetik (Salzburg)
The DNA: Bettina took over her grandmother’s hotel from her parents in 1996 and was also responsible for the construction of Haus Hirt in Badgstein (which, together with the Miramonte hotel are run by her sister). Mark, Bettina’s husband, works independently in building construction and design and thus compliments Bettina perfectly. Heiner Raschhofer, Bettina’s brother, runs the ROSSBRÄUS, continuing the family brewing tradition, which began with their grandfather’s brewery, Brauerei Raschhofer, in Altheim. Also, not only is the hotel Bio Austria certified, it practices the principles of the “common good economy” (www.ecogood.org) on private enterprise and individual initiative, where companies do not compete with each other for financial gain, but cooperate with the goal of the greatest common good – a fundamental new approach.