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Salzburg: Hotel Wolf-Dietrich

Wolf-Dietrich-Street, Phone: 662.871275

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Reviewed by: trekcapri from CA, review #2298

When: November 2006

The hotel Wolf-Dietrich is situated in the city center, on a quiet street a few steps from the pedestrian zone.

Breakfast Buffet Setting, photo by Trekcapri

I am a female solo traveler and I wanted to revisit Salzburg, Austria to spend five days exploring its major sights with a day trip to the beautiful town of Hallstat. When I travel I prefer to find a comfortable and centrally located hotel that allows me to walk to the City’s major sights and is close to public transportation. The Hotel Wolf-Dietrich was a perfect selection for me; I found it by reading the Hotel reviews here on Slow Travel. It was highly recommended by Kaydee.

Arrival: I arrived in Salzburg by train. From the train station I shared a taxi ride with another solo traveler I met along the way. The hotel was only about 7 minutes away and the taxi fare was about 6 euros.

The hotel is in a great location. It is a 10 minute walk away to reach the Old City Center through the Linzergasse. There is a small market conveniently located just around the corner and down the street from the hotel. And right across the market is a bank with an ATM machine. There are little shops and restaurants located on the pedestrian zone street. You are also only 10 minutes away from the old city center where there are more shops, restaurants and a wine bar. Only a few blocks away is the Maribell Gardens and the main bus stop. Here I was able to catch the bus to the train station and to go to the airport to get my rental car for my day trip to Hallstat. The surroundings of the hotel felt comfortable; I always felt safe walking around the town and returning to the hotel late at night.

As a solo traveler I reserved a single room. My room was located on the second floor (the hotel has a lift/elevator). The space was average for a single room. There was a twin bed, closets, writing table and a TV with a DVD player. Although I never used it, it was nice to know that I had the option. There was a also minibar refrigerator. The room felt comfortable and cozy. The bathroom was also average in size for a single room. It was not overly spacious but it wasn't cramped either.

My room was located on the second floor and although my room overlooked the small street below it was very quiet at night. I thought the rooms were well insulated and I did not hear my neighbors.

The hotel has an Electronic Card Key to the rooms, which was a nice modern feature and very convenient. This allowed you to take your room key with you and not have to drop it off and pick it up at the front desk each time you left the hotel.

Free Internet was available in the front lobby.

The Buffet Breakfast is included in the hotel rate and was probably one of the best that I had on my entire trip. The selection consisted of hot & cold cereal, lots of cheese and cold cuts, eggs, bacon, fruit, and a nice selection of bread and really delicious pastries. And the coffee was excellent. The breakfast room staff was very friendly and extremely polite. The breakfast room was so clean and elegant and it even had a nice fireplace.

I paid low season rates and thought the value was great. The hotel has a 3 star rating. They were not on the website so I booked my room directly with the hotel and had no problems at check in.

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. They booked the "Sound of Music Tour" for me and also reserved my car rental for my day trip to Hallstat.

I highly recommend a stay here. If I were to re-visit Salzburg, I would not hesitate to stay here again.

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1213

When: Multiple stays

An intimate and elegant hotel on the right bank of the Salzach River... a ten minute walk to the old town. Our favorite hotel!!

We've stayed at the Hotel Wolf-Dietrich three times, and I'm sure we'll return every couple of years. We first stayed at the hotel for three nights in October 1997, then returned for Christmas 1999 (five nights) and Christmas 2003 (four nights). Salzburg is a wonderful place to spend Christmas, by the way!

The hotel is on the Right Bank of the Salzach River, just off the Linzergasse, a busy and interesting pedestrian shopping street that runs down to the river. It's a ten minute walk from the hotel to the more touristy Old Town. The hotel is named after the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who ruled the city in the late 16th century and is given credit for much of its development. The archbishop is actually buried in a beautiful mausoleum just around the corner from the hotel, in the cemetery of St. Sebastian church on the Linzergasse. (Mozart's wife and father are also buried in the cemetary... worth a visit!)

The hotel offers a variety of rooms in its main building and another building right across the street. The last two years we requested a small suite with a living room and a cozy bedroom. The couch could be made into a single bed for our daughter. This gave us a little more space to spread out for a multi-day stay, especially at Christmas. We put up a little tree in our room, purchased at the Christmas market across the river. The hotel asked only that we not use real candles!

The rooms are nicely decorated and there are a variety of options available. There are two suites with Mozart themes that we peeked at... very unusual! I couldn't imagine staying in one of those suites, but the other rooms seem to be very tasteful and elegant. Our bathroom was very clean with everything we needed.

This hotel is somewhat unique because it has an indoor pool in its lower level. They also do offer some special services for families, so it's a good place for families to stay. (For example, they have VCR players in at least some of the rooms and an assortment of movies to borrow.) The guests seem a mix of English-speaking tourists, tourists from other European countries, and business people.

Breakfast is included and is a typical Austrian buffet of breads, meats, cheeses, cereals, and some fruits. The hotel serves only organic products. There is a restaurant that we've eaten at a couple of times. There are lots of really good places to eat all over Salzburg.

The staff is extremely helpful. They will work with you to make reservations for various musical events and tours; in fact, they will assist with this before your arrival via e-mail. There's an internet station (no charge) available for the use of guests, just off the lobby.

Since our first stay, we've received an annual Christmas card from the hotel owner...

Salzburg is a wonderful place, and we think this hotel is too. Prices vary based on the season, but we think it is very convenient. Parking is available nearby, but at an additional charge. You will not need your car in Salzburg (it is very much a walking city), but a car does allow you to make a day trip or two out to the surrounding countryside.

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