Reed Travel Features
SALZBURG, Austria -- Schlosshotels, a group of 34 castle and
manor house hotels in Austria, Italy and Slovenia, promotes its
members as properties with "unique character and offering guests
something special." Visits to the Hotel Altstadt here and the
Schloss Haunsperg in the nearby village of Oberalm, certainly lived
up to those accolades.
Upon arrival at Schloss Haunsperg, a 14th century square
stucco-covered structure with two towers and a Baroque chapel,
guests are greeted at the door by one or both of its proprietors,
Georg and Erika-Therese Gernerth. The manor accommodates up to 23
guests in eight rooms and suites. The largest suite is the size of
an apartment with two bedrooms and a sitting room and the smallest
room is larger than many hotel rooms. Each bedroom is individual in
size, shape and decor and appointed with antiques and oil
The entire home is filled with interesting pieces such as a
stunning sideboard dating to the 1700s in one of the breakfast
rooms. The centerpiece of the manor is the music room with a
Bosendorfer grand piano and bookshelves lined with volumes in
several languages dating from the 1600s .
Next door to the manor is a delightful Baroque chapel that was
built in the late 1300s. About 30 frescoes adorn the chapel walls
and in front a small alter appears to be marble, but it is actually
constructed of wood with a faux marble finish. The structure is
topped by a belfry with a bell that dates from 1570.
Clients who want to watching television won't be able to do so
here, but the property does have a tennis court and golf, horseback
riding and all the attractions of Salzburg are available
The Gernerths will assist their guests with everything from
dinner reservations or concert tickets to finding a baby sitter,
and both love to sit and chat with visitors. It is no wonder the
property has been frequented by such famous guests as conductor
Located in the city's center, the Hotel Altstadt in Salzburg is
a Radisson SAS property but a far cry from being a carbon-copy
chain hotel. Although the hotel doesn't quite fit under the
categories of manor house or castle, it is best-described as an
understated palace hotel.
Formerly the historical Hollbrau Inn, one of the oldest
buildings in Salzburg, the property was completely renovated and
opened as the Altstadt in 1992. As early as the 1400s, the site was
home to a brewery. Today, each room is individually designed,
furnished with antiques and offers views of the Salzach River, the
Kapuziner Kloster monastery, the lanes of old town and a
The crown jewel of the hotel is the Kaiser Suite, an ideal
choice for honeymooners or those looking for a romanic getaway. The
vast space is accented by stone archways, wooden beams and opulent
decor, including such pieces as an antique rocking horse. The
property also features an elegant restaurant and conference and
banquet facilities for up to 60 people.
Rates, per night, double, start at about $260 through December.
Rates at Schloss Haunsperg start at around $68 per person, per
night. Founded in 1965, Schlosshotels can be booked in the U.S. by
calling B.Z.B. International at (954) 436-2910 or (800) 365-3346;
fax (954) 436-3302. The group can be reached in Salzburg at
(011)43-662 846-825; fax: (011) 43-662 846-826.