SALZBURG, AUSTRIA: Sheraton Hotel - Very Welcoming

My wife and I spent two nights at the Sheraton Salzburg toward the end of a two-week vacation and had an absolutely delightful stay. The facility was lovely, although more typical of an American hotel than a European counterpart.

The Sheraton Salzburg is located near the Kurpark and the Mirabell Gardens, just a short stroll across the river to the Altstadt (Old Town). That makes it convenient, but also means it’s not in the middle of the craziness; in my estimation, that's a nice balance.

Guest room at the Sheraton
Our room facing the park was spacious – a nice change from some of the smaller rooms we’d stayed in to that point in our trip. The only hiccup was that the "king" bed was actually two twins pushed together, which we found slightly uncomfortable if we happened to straddle the seam where they came together.

The hotel has a restaurant (at which we didn’t eat, opting for more local fare), a bar (with pretty reasonable prices!), and a complimentary business center with Internet access. A nice touch, but you need to pay close attention as the keyboards are just different enough from those in the U.S. to lead to some interesting misspellings.

The Altstadt
The best feature of the Sheraton Salzburg, however, is its people. They were uniformly great: very welcoming, very pleasant, and very eager to help.

I especially appreciated a gentleman named Andreas Pecher who checked us in and helped us on a couple of different occasions. This young man was a joy to work with, and was more than willing to patiently listen as we used what little of the German language we have. He also recommended the nearby Bärenwirt restaurant when we told him we wanted to eat at an authentic, local restaurant. The restaurant overlooks the river, and neither the food nor surroundings could have been more authentically Austrian.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable stay. We will not hesitate to return the next time we’re in Salzburg.

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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