Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher is the only family-run top-class luxury hotel in Vienna and it remains a symbol of 19th-century European high society with a legacy of impeccable service. It's best known for the secret recipe of its chocolate cake, but it also benefits from a historical ambience, excellent restaurant and central location.
- Becki Enright, Travel writer
Inside the historical centre, the recognisable facade dominates a corner at the end of one of the centre’s main shopping streets, Kärntner Strasse, and faces the Opera House and Albertina Museum. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a 600m walk away, with general attractions and metro and tram stations of the first district less than 10 minutes away by foot.
Style & character
Sacher opened its doors in 1876 and to this day has retained its historical ambience, even with multiple renovations. In recent years that has included complementary interior design elements such as new carpeting, upholstery and fabrics, and the addition of two extra floors to create more rooms and a spa area.
Restaurants and bars are decorated to their colour namesake – red, green and blue. The deep colours and warm ambient lighting enhance the old world feel, and artworks from the collections of Anna Sacher (who grew the hotel’s elite reputation) line the walls. Common areas continue the theme with dark wood panelling, earthy hues and chandelier lighting, but the addition of contemporary furniture pieces and textile interior design by a French stylist is a nice touch.
Service & facilities
From door to front desk, staff pay attention to detail and offer discretion. There's also a dedicated concierge team to help arrange your itinerary in the city. A 300 square metre spa, sauna and fitness area completes the hotel’s offering, although its structure does not allow for a swimming pool.
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Spacious first to sixth floor rooms in green, golden and taupe combine elegance with modern trims: picture minimalist wall panellings and subtly embossed fabrics paired with high ceilings and electric chandeliers. Suites come with a balcony view onto the classical Opera House or Albertina Museum. Rooms on the seventh and eighth floors in red or light blue come with lower ceilings and without classical embellishments.
Floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms have overhead showers and deep bathtubs with Sacher chocolate-scented toiletries, alongside robes and slippers. A tablet is provided for instant access to city highlights and hotel information, as well as a portable Wi-Fi device for when off-site. A Nespresso machine complements the mini Sacher Torte cubes, reminding you that ‘the cake is always in the house’.
Food & drink
The hotel may be predominately known for its iconic café, which people queue up on the street to visit, but it also has the Blue Bar for pre-dinner drinks and two restaurants filled with expressionist art and material-panelled walls in their respective colour namesake. The Red Restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine, but it is the Green Restaurant that is the highlight, which serves modern cuisine made from regional ingredients. Many dishes are based on 'historical Viennese recipes, uniquely interpreted'. Think new combinations of flavours and artistic presentation, including a modern twist on the Viennese classic boiled beef dish, Tapfelspitz. There is a choice of up to six courses with wine pairing, and ‘blind date’ menu options (where the chef decides what you'll eat). Expect impeccable attention to detail and a good knowledge of dishes from staff.
An extensive buffet breakfast in the grand Marble Hall also includes a to-order eggs dish menu and juice bar, alongside chilled sparking wine and the famous cake itself.
Value for money
Double rooms from €500 (£449) year round. Breakfast is €43 (£39) per person. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are adapted rooms, as well as wheelchair access to common areas and lift access to all floors. Room telephones are in reachable positions in all bathrooms.
A 'Petit Sacher' service for children includes a dedicated breakfast cart, a children's restaurant menu, children's robes and slippers and an on-request babysitting service.