Sacher is synonymous with luxury in Vienna. It’s the name of not just the hotel, but also Austria’s most famous cake, the delectable Sacher-Torte. Eduard, son of Sacher-Torte creator Franz Sacher, opened the hotel in 1876, though it was his young widow Anna who really established the hotel following his death. Since 1934, a few years after her death, the hotel was taken over by the Gürtler family, who still maintain one of the city’s most distinguished hotels.
Notable personalities like John F. Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II have walked the halls of this Vienna institution. It was here that John Lennon and Yoko Ono introduced “Bagism” to the press while inside a giant bag, an event chronicled in the Beatles’ “Ballad of John and Yoko.” The belle epoque–influenced rooms are a symbol of elegance and comfort in this legendary hotel. With two restaurants, two bars, and the illustrious Café Sacher, it’s possible to enjoy the timeless charm even without being a hotel guest. And be sure to enjoy the famous torte—it’s an essential Vienna treat.
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While Hotel Sacher is definitely a luxurious Viennese institution, it’s not alone. The whole First District oozes classic Vienna with the marvels of the Habsburg Empire. The hotel stands at the junction of the Albertina and the Vienna State Opera. While the least populated of the districts with around 17,000 residents, the area is nonetheless desirable: an address here is on par with being nobility.
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Rooms: 149 rooms and suites. From $490. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The emerald-green walls and Lobmeyr chandeliers of Restaurant Annamake for an opulent dining experience, with a menu of modern Austrian and international flavors. Classic Viennese specialties like wiener schnitzel are the foundation at Restaurant Rote Bar, where you can dine in the dark red dining room or glass conservatory. While the small and contemporary Sacher Eck is nice for drinks, it’s best to go for the historic charm of the Blaue Bar (drinks) or Café Sacher(desserts). Spa and gym details:Guests have access to both a fitness center and a spa.
Who it's for: Luxury travelers who relish an elegant experience in a legendary hotel. Our favorite rooms: While for the decor alone the simple elegance of a one- or two-bedroom suite is preferred, waking up with a view over the city from the Penthouse Presidential Suite is spectacular. Plan to eat well: Make reservations for dinner at Anna (closed Mondays) and Rote Bar before your stay.