Luxury Hotels

Austria’s luxury Sacher hotels experience seamless transition, again

The Gürtler family’s Sacher empire has grown its luxury stature since it was first founded, and today’s change passes without interruption.  Incoming operational boss is Andreas Keese, left above, who takes over from 32-year veteran, the ever-young Reiner Heilmann.

The two ultra-luxury Sacher hotels, in Vienna and Salzburg, plus all the cafés and production and global dispatch of Sachertorte chocolate gateaux, are today run by Alexandra Gürtler Winkler and her brother Georg Gürtler.

Austria’s hotels re-open today, Friday 29 May, 2020. Hotel Sacher Wien is cleverly selling its 152 bedrooms not only for overnight stays but, also, for private dining venues. Girlahead last stayed at Hotel Sacher Wien in #106-108, the Wiener Philharmonic Suite, in the south-west corner of the hotel overlooking Kartnerstrasse and the Opera House. The suite had original 1874 parquet flooring, and a magnificent 1920s tiled stove that Alexandra Winkler says is one of her favourite pieces in the entire hotel (you also have, what bliss, a bathroom with heated floor and an electric rail, and a Geberit washlet toilet). Girlahead then took the train to Salzburg, where suite 426 at Hotel Sacher Salzburg also had a heated bathroom floor, and rail, plus a view, from the terrace, directly down across the Salzach River to the Old City.  Both hotels, by the way, have delicious Time For Chocolate toiletries.