Not many hotels have cakes named for them, but the Hotel Sacher Wien is not an ordinary hotel. The historic Vienna hotel opened in 1876, and was the birthplace of the Sachertorte, a chocolate-and-apricot cake.
With such impressive credentials (it appears in the classic Orson Welles film The Third Man), we say renovations at the hotel could be a tricky process. But last November, the Sacher Wien, a nominee for “Best Reinvented Classic Luxury Hotel Worldwide” in the 2011 Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence, emerged from an extensive refurbishment overseen by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.
So what’s new? Every room in the Sacher now has a separate tub and shower as well as his-and-her sinks, and flat-screen TVs are integrated in the mirrors. The walls between the bathrooms and the main living areas of each room have also been opened up to create a feeling of greater space. Those living rooms all have parquet floors, and unique color schemes were created for the walls and fabrics (think light shades of pink, taupe, yellow and even green). HD TVs, iPod docks and DVD players were also added to each room.
Note: The rooms in the attic were only added in 2005, and did not need any renovation.
The most popular rooms are the Junior Suite (No. 331, No. 204), Deluxe Junior Suite (No. 117 and No. 315) and the Executive Suite (No. 215, No. 404, No. 426). Fun Touch: All premium suites are named after famous operas. The best, though, are the Presidential Suite (“Magic Flute,” Nos. 443/444/445), the two-bedroom “Idomeneo” Suite (Nos. 210/211), the one-bedroom “Candice” Suite (Nos. 314/315), the Executive Suite (“Fidelio,” Nos. 404) and the Deluxe Junior Suite (“Béatrice et Bénédict,” No. 417). Private butler service is available upon request.
The Sacher Spa has six treatment rooms, so book a week in advance to guarantee prime appointment times. For something unique, suggest your clients try a “Chocolate Ceremony,” with their bespoke “Time to Chocolate” products. We’re especially intrigued by the “Goldfish” facial, which includes real 24-karat gold. Reach out to Spa Manager Judith Jandrasits ([email protected]; 011-43-1-51456-568) for reservations.
|Junior Suite La Sonnambula combines living room and bedroom, which can be optically separated from one another.|
The hotel has two fine dining restaurants, and both “Anna Sacher” and “Rote Bar” are open to locals (a great way to mingle with Viennese high society, we say!). Every evening, the restaurants offer a special “Chef’s Menu” depending on the season. The most popular dishes are the classic Austrian specialties like Wiener Schnitzel or Tafelspitz. Good to know: The favored table in the Rote Bar is in the Wintergarden, and the prime spot in the Anna Sacher restaurant is in the Salon Faistauer. Head Concierge Wolfgang Buchmann ([email protected]; 011-43-1-51456-780) can make reservations.
Buchmann can also arrange just about anything a visitor to Vienna would need, like private after-hours shopping at Prada or Louis Vuitton stores, picnic trips by horse carriage to the Prater for romantic proposals, last-minute private dancing lessons just before the Opera Ball, tickets to sold-out performances at the opera…even getting wedding rings for a couple that somehow forgot to bring them along.
Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Brigitta Hartl-Wagner ([email protected]; 011-43-1-51456-828) with any questions.