Welcome to Austrian luxury. Hotel Sacher, while it is known to be a exquisite property stay with locations in both Vienna and Salzburg, it is most known for its original Sacher-Torte, which they tout as the world’s most famous chocolate cake with a recipe that has remained a well-kept secret since 1832. More than 360,000 pieces are produced by hand every year and for more than 180 years they have been spread with apricot jam, iced and wrapped in exactly the same way. The Original Sacher-Torte tastes best with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream and a cup of Original Sacher coffee or tea. Yum!!
The rooms are lush, whether you go for a Junior Suite, a Deluxe Junior Suite or a what they refer to as the Doppelzimmer Double (first photo below). Hotel Sacher has an illustrious history and is known to be a bit of an institution in the heart of central Vienna. They have elegant belle époque influence inside their rooms, with 149 rooms and suites to choose from, all of which features modern amenities, cutting-edge technology and old world luxurious decor throughout.
Below, the Deluxe Junior Suite Daphne.
A junior suite.
Deliciousness extends beyond the decor and the history of course. The hotel has a number of different restaurants to choose from as well as its traditionally classic cafe, which is a great option for lunch and of course to order their famous cake and a cuppa coffee. Below are some of the options just so you can get an idea of its luxurious elegance and commitment to old world charm every step of the way. Meandering from room-to-room is a wonderful thing to do upon first arrival.
Sacher’s legendary Blaue Bar is the place to go for an aperitif, to meet friends before the opera, or have a drink after dinner. It is richly decorated with dark blue brocade walls, crystal chandeliers and lushly upholstered couches, creating a snug, cosy atmosphere that brings to mind the bohemian, intellectual Vienna of the early twentieth century.
Restaurant Rote Bar offers Viennese specialities in an elegant and stylish restaurant where you can either sit in the black and white floor-tiled glass conservatory facing the Opera House or in the grand, dark red damask dining room with large oil paintings and crystal chandeliers. The windows of the conservatory are folded away in summer to make a large open terrace that is perfect for an al fresco lunch and sitting out on warm evenings. They also offer live piano music in the evenings to add to the warmth of the ambiance and overall decor.
Anna Sacher Restaurant, which is named after the legendary grande-dame of the hotel, the Anna Sacher Restaurant. Its style is decadent and luxurious, decorated with rich green walls and dark wood paneling with Lobmeyr crystal chandeliers and paintings by Anton Faistauer. The menu showcases traditional local ingredients with chef Werner Pichlmaier’s light, contemporary style. The restaurant also features a superb list of Austrian and international wines.
Sacher Cafe, which is more casual and where I had wine, tea and a delicious healthy lunch with the hotel’s head of marketing one afternoon. Café Sacher Vienna offers the perfect chance to sample a typical Viennese coffee-house atmosphere and – of course – to treat yourself to a slice of the legendary Original Sacher-Torte, pictured below. The Café Sacher, directly opposite the Opera House, is a popular meeting place in the center of Vienna. The windows of the conservatory fold away in the summer to make an open terrace that is the perfect place to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Obviously we sat inside during my last visit since it was October and too cool to be outdoors.
You can go for a scrumptious fresh salad which you can get with your meat of choice, or a combo. I opted for both chicken and shrimp to keep it light and healthy.
OR, you can choose a more traditional Austrian dish – the below is the Eiernockerl, which is a seasonal specialty. It is made of little spaetzle with mushrooms and scrambled egg. Oh so delish!
Sacher’s classic chocolate cake, which you can also purchase to bring home with you as well – definitely recommended — a definite two thumbs up! For foodie lovers, be sure to read my Vienna Top Food Picks & Top Restaurants in Vienna post for inspiration.