When you enter into the Hotel Bristol, you are taken aback by its exclusivity and a luxurious interior of the place that’s been renovated in a way to keep the cultural site unique. It’s one of those hotels that will overflow you with emotions and beautiful details inside the hotel will take you through the years of history. From the entrance to corridors, elevators and rooms, you can feel the weight of the history inside the hotel. The foundation stone of the Hotel Bristol was laid back in 1619 and it served as the seat of noble families. It’s been remodelled and extended a few times before it reached its current form in the 19th century. In 1892, the property belonged to the city of Salzburg and that’s how the Electric Hotel was opened which was the first hotel in Salzburg equipped with electricity. It had also provided the majority of electricity to the right-side of the city.Now 75 years ago, the hotel was taken over by the Hübner family and it is still in the hands of the family’s third generation. This makes Hotel Bristol Salzburg one of the last few hotels in the city that are still ran privately with pride.
Why Hotel Bristol you say? The name itself dates back to 1903 and goes all the way back to the city of Bristol in the UK where travellers were first able to get accommodation for a payment.The Hotel Bristol has got extravagant looks to say the least and is enriched by antiques, art, crystal chandeliers, high quality fabrics and details that takes us back to the earlier days. It adds that special touch to an already magical experience of a fairy-tale looking Salzburg and you can read more about my trip to Salzburg here.
RoomsThe elegance of the city is reflected in the hotel’s rooms and suites. Each room is individually decorated and has a combination of stylish elegance and modern comforts. All 60 rooms and suites have been designed to reflect various historical eras, countries, theatre and music, of course, as the city is home to a world famous composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.We stayed in a Standard Double Room during our visit which looked anything but standard. Our room had beautiful red interior details throughout the room with a lovely bookshelf next to the bed and a coffee table in front of a little balcony that had the most stunning view both in the morning or when the sun went down.All rooms are equipped with traditional necessities you would expect in a modern hotel. On top of that, they provide bathrobes and slippers, 24 hours room and concierge services as well as limousine and babysitting services on request. This room category is individual in its design and stylish interiors but it is also modern, practical and comfortable. All rooms in the hotel are non-smoking (thumbs up) and have free mineral water.Another little touch we were quite surprised with is that the team came up to our room in the evening while we were away and placed floor mats next to both sides of the bed. When we came back to the hotel after dinner, we both thought something was different than when we left and it took us a while to figure out what’s changed!
Restaurant – Polo Lounge
Hotel Bristol has got one restaurant inside the hotel that provides guests with lunch and dinner. It is open from 12 to 2pm for lunch and then from 6 to 10 pm for dinner. The restaurant menu works around the availability of fresh produce in the market, therefore, you will get the best of Austria as well as international cuisine if local delicacies are not your top choice.
We did not eat in the restaurant during our visit, purely because we arrived in Salzburg for one night and wanted to see as much as we possibly could. Therefore, our lunch was made of snacks and street food that we picked while wondering around the city. We did end up going to L’Osteria restaurant for an evening meal as this Italian restaurant chain is famous for very large size pizzas.
Sketch BarNow after our meal away we did come back to the hotel as I was keen to have a drink in the Sketch bar. The bar is set up as a library filled with books of famous poets and writers. It is incredibly cosy inside with an open fireplace and relaxing background music. As we visited the hotel in December, it slightly reminded me of Christmas and I somehow felt like I was in one of the Home Alone movies. We ordered a few cocktails and sat there soaking in all emotions and experiences we were surrounded by. I could not leave the bar without trying their famous and homemade Austrian apple strudel too. It was very delicious!
BreakfastOur room rate included breakfast, therefore, we were up early and keen to try another breakfast buffet on our travelling journey. You can get your breakfast served in the room for an additional charge but as I have seen some beautiful pictures prior to the trip, I wanted to get myself down the stairs to their Crystal Room where daily breakfast is held. You can get breakfast from 7am to 10.30am (or 11am during festive days) and it includes English breakfast (yes, English breakfast in Austria!) and a generous variety of other breakfast options.Our breakfast did not disappoint for sure but the best part about the breakfast is its location. The room looks magnificent with crystal lightning and beautiful chairs. I truly felt like a queen for the morning!
LocationThe hotel itself is situated in the heart of Salzburg, right next to the Mirabell Gardens where the movie the Sound of Music was filmed. Mozart’s residence is also opposite from the hotel and every other must-see place of Salzburg is within a walking distance. It is a perfect place to be, especially, if you are on a short trip like we were and want to see as much of Salzburg as you can!If you come to Salzburg by car, the hotel also offers parking facilities that are right in front of the hotel as well as a 24-hour guarded parking garage nearby.
If you decide to stay at Hotel Bristol Salzburg, you can get a variety of offers online. Make sure to book in advance & you can save a little bit of money!If you would like to find out more about my travels, please don’t hesitate to follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook !