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We took the direct bus from Berchtesgaden main station to Salzburg after breakfast at Hotel Bavaria. It cost 4.80€ per person and took about an hour to get to Salzburg. I booked the hotel for 4,800 SPG points and $90 before Starwood raised its cash and points price. Paid rates for the Sheraton Salzburg were about 300€ at the time so I think we got a pretty great deal.
The bus dropped us off across the street from Sheraton Salzburg and we walked through the park to get to the hotel. The Sheraton Salzburg is right outside the Mirabell Gardens where the Sound of Music was filmed. The location was not in old town Salzburg, but an easy 5-10 minute walk away.
We arrived to our hotel around 1PM and tried to check into the hotel. The Sheraton Salzburg is rated as a 5 star hotel. The lobby looked rather dated, but maybe that is just the style of the hotel. We were glad that we were able to check in early and the front desk mentioned that we would be upgraded to a deluxe room with a garden patio due to my Starwood Gold status. I heard great things about the club lounge here, so I asked if it’s possible to get access. The front desk responded that it would cost 12,000 SPG points, which is definitely not worth it. #firstworldproblems.
Our room was on the 2nd floor, which was the ground floor of the garden as the hotel slopes down. We were delighted to arrive at a newly renovated room. The appliances and fixtures seemed brand new and swanky, contrary to the lobby decor. The bathroom had a rain shower, dual vanity, and high end toiletries.
We enjoyed the outdoor patio because I could do some work outside while admiring the scenery. Also at night, we could sit outside and have a few drinks and snacks. The weather at night was perfect, but the weather during the day was fairly hot.
We spent most of our time exploring Salzburg. Salzburg is a very pedistrian friendly city and we were able to walk everywhere besides the Hellbrun Trick Fountains. The atmosphere is awesome because there are always people singing, dancing, and playing music. The main sites we visited were Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Hellbrun Trick Fountains. I won’t go into too many details, but you can see my pictures below.
We had a traditional Austrian meal at night that was excellent at Triangel. I ate a wiener schnitzel (not the fast food restaurant) and the wife had some sort of fish. We also tried the German pancake soup, which was not bad. I went with my favorite beer that I discovered during this trip, Erdinger Weissbier. This restaurant is the only restaurant in Europe that serves free water for us Americans.
The Sheraton Salzburg was probably the nicest hotel we stayed at all trip. At 12,000 SPG points a night, I definitely think it’s a great deal. I know not everyone will want to venture out to Austria, but we definitely saw some of the most beautiful mountains. We enjoyed walking around Salzburg and soaking in the atmosphere. It reminded me a bit of Florence because it was very pedestrian friendly and relaxed. Hope everyone can use their points and miles because life is short!