Photo by Maisonette Schlafzimmer
Arthotel Blaue Gans
Dating back to 1350, Salzburg’s oldest inn is an überatmospheric and design-savvy boutique property in an enviable Old Town location. Vibrant modern art (over 120 original pieces!) is peppered throughout, juxtaposed with original details like vaulted ceilings, old stone walls, wooden ceiling beams, and other remnants of the past that lend the experience of staying here a time-traveling flair—yet one grounded in modernity. Squint a bit over a glass of Grüner Veltliner and a Wiener schnitzel at the hotel’s restaurant and you might as well be back in the olden days, what with the arched ceilings and cozy feel—but the nouvelle Austrian menu puts a modern-day spin on heritage. There’s also a chic brasserie/bar that serves snacks and light bites alongside a creative drinks list. Bright and airy guest rooms pair crisp white walls and clean-lined furniture with old ceiling beams, wooden floors, and eye-catching art, while the blue rubber ducks in the bathrooms are a sweet nod to the hotel’s name, German for “blue goose.”
By Aleksandra Hogendorf, AFAR Contributor
Arthotel Blaue Gans Salzburg
The history of Blaue Gans is almost as exciting as that of its city. It was Salzburg’s first inn and remains to be one of the most exclusive stays in town. The Art Hotel takes its name very seriously, as it serves not only as accommodation for visitors, but as an art and exhibition space as well. The hotel invites renowned painters, sculptors and the like to become “artists in residence” and present their projects at the hotel. If you are staying a night at the Blaue Gans, you are in for a truly unique experience: each room is individually furnished and thus exudes a special kind of character. While pomp and superficial luxury are not part of the hotel’s philosophy, perfect comfort and a high level of service are.
Getreidegasse 41, 5020 Salzburg, Austria