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SAS ALTSTADT HOTEL
We booked at the Radisson SAS Altstadt Hotel the first time not knowing what we would be getting into. It turns out, however, that had made the right decision!
Each room in this hotel is different but each is wonderful with luxurious comforters on each bed and rich wood beams. I'm told that this building dates back to the 1300s.
On our first visit to the hotel we had taken a train from Munich to Salzburg and when the cab dropped us off, I was worried. There was a small sign and a handful of steps leading up to a drab looking wall, which was the street entrance to the Altstadt. The lobby was small and unpromising but the inn keeper that night couldn't have been any more friendly. We got the room key and headed up to the room. What a treat it was seeing it for the first time.
I phoned down to the inn keeper and asked her if she had any suggestions for dinner. We had flown into Munich earlier in the day and were kind of tired and didn't want to go far. She suggested a place called Zum Mohren just a couple of doors down. She instructed us to leave the hotel through the back door to get there.
We "cleaned up" and headed out the back door. What we saw was incredible. Heading just outside of this back door put us in the heart of the old part of the city with cobblestone walkways and numerous little shops.
If you like to ski this hotel puts you right in the heart of some of the best skiing in the Alps. The hotel has a "Ski Vision" channel that shows live pictures of nearly all resorts in the region complete with information on weather, snow pack, etc.
One of my favorite things about being in Europe is hearing all the revelers heading home early in the morning. It's not enough to wake you up but if you have the window open, you can hear happy and loaded people heading back home.
Some might not consider this a great hotel. It doesn't have a real restaurant, just a small complimentary breakfast buffet featuring the usual items you'd find in Europe like coffee, juices, fruit, cured meats, cheeses, rolls and cereal. It certainly has no swimming pool and I'm not sure whether it has any business facilities (we didn't require the use of any during our stays here). But this is a charming hotel with, as I mentioned, unique rooms. When we checked in with our kids a mild argument broke out over who would get which room! Some are huge others are small but very nicely done.
This is a unique hotel and one we highly
recommend during your stay in this fairy tale city.