Hotels with history in Austria

Exterior of Hotel Schloss Mönchstein ©

Austria has no shortage of bespoke accommodation with a fabled history. If your client is looking for a hotel that exudes an abundance of character and charm, look no further than these options.

Attention to detail and a history dating back to the 17th century makes the Hotel Schloss Mönchstein the perfect place for a romantic stay away from the hustle with the amenities of a resort but the convenience of a city hotel. Located on top of the picturesque Mönchsberg mountain, Salzburg’s oldest luxury hotel boasts fantastic views over the rooftops of Mozart’s city. The origins of the medieval castle in which the hotel sits trace back to the late 14th century where it was once as a monastery and an astronomical scientific place. The 24 rooms and suites of the five-star superior hotel are all individually designed and luxuriously furnished featuring priceless antiques and marble bathrooms as well as modern amenities either in a classical yet modern style or in traditional style with precious antiques. To top it all off you can savour award-winning cuisine at the gourmet restaurant ‘The Glass Garden’ or relax in the outdoor infinity pool with stunning views over the old town.

Dating back 660 years, the arthotel Blaue Gans is the oldest inn in the city of Salzburg and sits just a few blocks away from the famous Getreidegasse street. However, those who expect design as old as its age will be very much mistaken. The house in the Salzburg’s trendy museum district was stylishly renovated and became Salzburg’s first arthotel in 2002. Art-loving owner Mr. Andreas Gferer, who is running the hotel in the fifth generation, transformed the Blaue Gans into a creative haven for the widely-travelled and well-read as the historic walls of the inn pop with modern design and contemporary art.

Feeling at home away from home is the motto of Vienna’s first design hotel, Das Triest, which was originally opened in 1995. Once a staging post on the horse-drawn mail coach route between Vienna and Trieste that was established by Maria Theresia, Das Triest is today the perfect combination of antiquity and modern design. With a history of more than 300 years, parts of the original structure have been preserved and combine elements of imperial elegance with sober lines. The hotel also features exclusively crafted furniture by well known international and local designers. Other highlights include the beautiful Mediterranean inner courtyards and the stunning views over the city or the gardens from the hotel rooms.

Hotel Das Triest ©
Hotel Das Triest ©

The highest standard of alpine luxury can be found at the arlberg1800RESORT, the year-round hideaway perched 1,800 metres high. Philanthropy and hospitality are the cornerstones on which the resort at the Arlberg rests. Originally built in 1386 as a mountain refuge for hikers, the resort now houses 17 luxurious chalet suites under one roof. The resort also boasts a new cultural centre with a concert hall, artist’s studio, music studio and exhibition hall offering a year-round art and music program. The arlberg1800 RESORT is a cosy hideaway where hospitality has been part of the culture for over 600 years.

Arlberg Hospiz Hotel © Arlberg 1800 Resort

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