Hotel Zur Post is one of those attractive small, family run Gasthaus hotels that you find all over Austria and proved to be a comfortable base for a few day’s sightseeing in Salzburg. After we’d driven a couple of hours from Munich airport to arrive at Salzburg we were thanking our lucky stars that we had the Sat Nav that enabled us to find Hotel Zur Post perfectly easily on one of the roads leading into the old town.
On our arrival we parked at the side of the hotel in a small car parking area adjoining an area of garden and checked in with the English speaking receptionist who pointed us to our room and offered us help with any sightseeing information that we might need. We were directed to our family room on the first floor, which was very pleasant, but as it overlooked a road at the front with a steady stream of traffic, we decided to request a different room that might be quieter.
Luckily another family room was available in a house set back from the road which was separate from the main hotel building. This one had a spacious double room overlooking the small area of garden and a smaller single room that you walked through that was perfect for our teenage son. The fittings were perhaps not quite as smart in the first room but the location suited us much better and we had a very good night’s sleep here.
The large double bedroom was traditionally furnished with a wood and padded leather headboard, dark wood furniture and blue and cream striped curtains. There was a large mirrored wardrobe with enough space to store a month’s worth of clothes let alone the contents of our carry on luggage. The smaller room contained a cream leather sofa that matched the headboard and similar smart but traditional style of furnishing. While I was not being wowed by the style factor of Hotel Zur Post, it was definitely a very spacious, clean and comfortable room to use as a base for sightseeing in Salzburg.
The bathroom was a strange mixture of old fashioned toilet fitting and shower and a modern green glass sink that looked as if it had been fitted more recently, in an attempt to spruce up the bathroom. It wasn’t that stylish but it was all very clean and functional.
At the entrance desk, the receptionist was only too willing to help us with the different sightseeing possibilities, whipping out the tourist map and marking any place that were of interest. She advised us to get the bus into the old town just on the other side of the street from the hotel and was able to sell us the Salzburg card which we could use to gain free entry to all the main sites in Salzburg as well as for free public transport. With it we got a booklet with an extremely long list of things we could use the Salzburg card for, and a quick bit of pricing told me that so long as you could cover a couple of attractions per day plus a ride into town, then it would give us good value. Because we only had one full day in Salzburg, I went for the 24 hr pass for €22 per adult, but the 48 hr pass would have given even better overall value at €30 per adult providing you enjoy sightseeing. However, if your idea of fun is to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by then you probably wouldn’t get your money’s worth.
After we’d settled in to our room , we decided to set off to find Hangar 7, a free motor and aeronautical museum that we’d heard also served great food, Better still, on consulting the map, we found that we could easily walk there from Hotel Zur Post, along the canal and past some fields and residential areas. We had an enjoyable couple of hours looking around at all the Formula 1 racing cars and vintage planes and then lounged around in the Mayday bar tasting the exotic fruit smoothies. I was intrigued by the Smart Food concept and decided to order the Brainfood set menu as my evening meal with three courses prettily served in tall glasses. My husband and son, however were looking forward to their hearty dinner at Gasthaus Kuglof nearby, as it had been highly recommended by the hotel, and so we walked just down the road from Hangar 7, for some traditional Austrian food, while I kept them company with a salad.
The next morning we made the most of the good breakfast at Hotel Zur Post with the typical buffet of cold meats, cheese, eggs, pastries and rolls and a good range of different teas and fresh coffee. Where our bedroom was rather traditional in style, the breakfast room was cheerful and modern with brightly coloured abstract paintings on the wall.
In terms of public areas, Hotel Zur Post is fairly limited with no public sitting area that I could find. I believe that the breakfast room was available for guests to use, but the door was shut when we passed by later in the day. However, there was free internet access through a cable in our bedroom and wifi in the breakfast room although I didn’t really get the opportunity to test it out over breakfast.
As we were out of the hotel all day sightseeing, the lack of sitting areas did not worry us at all. I’d say that Hotel Zur Post would be an ideal hotel to stay in Salzburg if you were touring Austria by car and wanted a hotel where you could park without any worries, as I imagine it would be quite difficult to take a car into the old town area of Salzburg, let alone find parking. The Hotel is a 15 minute bus ride into the heart of the old town and the bus is on a frequent schedule so you won’t have to wait for long, although those that like to get back to their hotel in the middle of the day for a break might prefer to stay in the old town itself.
Hotel Zur Post is ideal for…
a great base for sightseeing in Salzburg, for those arriving by car for business or leisure, getting away from the bustle of the old town, couples and families, very helpful staff.
Hotel Zur Post is not for you if…
you are a style seeker, want to be in the heart of the sightseeing action, need a restaurant, bar or sitting area within the hotel itself or are looking for nightlife or to meet other travellers.
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