On our recent trip to Europe we spent two nights and one full day exploring Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg was quaint and charming and full of beautiful scenery everywhere you looked. Though it was a somewhat last minute, blind addition to our trip since we really knew nothing about the town, it ended up being one of my favorite stops and one of my new favorite European cities. I’d highly recommend building in a few days in Salzburg if you’re in Austria or Germany. It was less than a two hour drive from Munich and train tickets were under $20 last I checked. It’d be possible to do as a day trip, but then you’d miss out on the chance to stay at the amazing Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt.
We redeemed 44,000 Club Carlson points for two nights in the Hotel Altstadt, thanks to the bonus award night with the Club Carlson Visa card from US Bank. Probably the best thing about the property is it’s location–right in the heart of the old city. There are plenty of cute shops, restaurants and historic sites within a few minutes walking distance. I will say though that trying to find the hotel via car in the dark was a bit tricky, as the GPS directions tried to lead us to the back entrance on a pedestrian only alley. The hotel is right along the river, and is a pink building with ‘Hotel Altstadt’ and only a very small plaque identifying it as a Radisson Blu property. The river made it quite easy to always find our way back to the hotel when we were exploring on foot the next day.
The website says there is valet parking and on-site parking underground, neither of which we found to be true. I was trying to ask the doorman for valet and he kept telling me no, though the check-in agent did eventually say that they would park the car for us for 29 Euro a night, but that she’d recommend us just driving it down a few blocks away to a self-park lot for 15 Euro. There was a bar, restaurant and small coffee shop in the hotel, but they were all pricey so we choose to walk down the street to other pubs and cafes.
There was free wifi in all of our rooms. I was quite impressed with the size of our room for a European hotel. We had a large window with beautiful views of the river, and an interesting little hallway with a closet on one end and a small desk and minibar area on the other. The room was much bigger than any of our others during the trip, and even had a large bathroom with both a bathtub a shower, and of course a bidet.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Alstadt is housed in a renovated building that dates back to 1377 and was formerly one of the city’s oldest inns. There are 49 rooms and 13 suites. We had a great stay at this hotel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to burn some Club Carlson points!