Hospitality Runs in the Family
A tradition of family-run hotels is part of what makes Austria special. Typically involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel, often personally attending to guests, these families take great pride in their properties and go above and beyond to make each guest feel welcome. Whether in one family for three generations or a succession of doting families through the centuries, each of these hotels has a story to tell.
The Hotel Sacher in Vienna was established in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the famous Original Sacher-Torte. In the Guertler family since 1934, the five-star hotel enchants guests with gracious hospitality and impeccable service in the heart of the capital. Luxurious guest rooms and suites feature fine antiques, original art work and rich textiles.Opened in 1866, the equally elegant Hotel Sacher in Salzburg recently underwent a major refurbishment. All 111 rooms and suites feature original paintings, antiques, exquisite rugs and silk wallpaper. With its riverside terrace, the Sacher Bar is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The oldest hotel in Vienna, the Stefanie has been perfecting the art of hospitality for more than 400 years. The Schick family’s collection of art and antiques, some dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, evoke the spirit of the past amid refined modern decor. Guests are treated to Viennese dishes and wines in the imperial ballroom and, during summer, in the charming courtyard garden.
In an idyllic town on the outskirts of Salzburg, Austria’s oldest family-run hotel radiates warmth and charm nurtured over seven centuries. The 73 simply modern rooms feature natural wood complemented by vibrant colors and breathtaking mountain views. Throughout the property, from the Horizon spa to the tree-shaded restaurant garden, an air of romance reigns.
An exclusive five-star property, the Hotel Gasthof Post has been family-owned for eight decades. The Relais & Châteaux hotel’s loving attention to detail can be seen throughout the 48 grand guest rooms with local antiques and artistically tiled baths, the award-winning restaurants, and the spa with heated outdoor pool and spectacular panoramic views.
This sophisticated alpine hotel is a tranquil retreat with a modern edge. A member of the Healing Hotels of the World, the Goldener Berg is known for treating both guests and the pristine landscape with great care. The Alpin Spa specializes in holistic treatments enhanced by the hotel’s own natural “Almstern” products. Boasting one of Austria’s largest wine cellars, the hotel restaurants—including the Alter Goldener Berg that dates back to 1430—place a focus on local ingredients.
Just off the slopes in the heart of the Arlberg ski region, the Sporthotel Lorünser has been welcoming outdoor enthusiasts with true Austrian Gemütlichkeit since 1927. The Jochum family sees to it that each guest feels pampered, whether on the slopeside sun terrace or in the wellness center’s hot tub, sauna and river-motion pool.