The Vibe: Quintessentially Austrian, but none of Alpine kitsch or Sound of Music schmaltz.
The Area: Conveniently located in a quiet street just five minutes’ walk from the pedestrianised Linzer Gasse with its string of restaurants and cafés, and Salzburg’s exceptionally well-preserved Baroque old town centre, on the opposite bank of the River Salzach. It takes around 10 minutes on foot to reach the hotel from Salzburg’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof).
The DNA: 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, and features heaps of charm, with interiors 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.
Owner Bettina Wiesinger 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. The hotel 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.
Suite-Me-Up: The 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. The use of storage space is particularly neat and efficient, leaving the rooms feeling nicely uncluttered. Beds are big and comfortable, and rooms also come with an espresso machine, Tivoli audio system, and fabulous bathrooms with a large walk-in showers as well as separate tub.
Your host: Bettina Wiesinger
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 55 rooms & suites (15-45m2) (161-484 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1959 • bathroom amenities: custom (local, organic) • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk