Founded in 1399, the historic Hotel Stein of Salzburg reopens after a major renovation.
A legendary hotel in the heart of Salzburg, which was known as an inn in the middle Ages, has already had a long, eventful history. Now after two years of extensive renovations, Hotel Stein opened again just last year.
Salzburg, according to some, is the most Mediterranean influenced city north of the Alps. For good reason too, seeing that Italian influence in Salzburg began in the 16th century, for at that time, Venetian architect Vincenzo Scamozzi was commissioned with the planning of a new city layout. In cooperation with his successor Santino Solari, the city obtained the look for which it is world-famous today – a sunny touch of Italy and the spirit that’s unique to Salzburg in all of Austria.
This is what forms the theme for the new interiors and style in the hotel. With the innovative concept Salzburg meets Venice, Hotel Stein emphasises the connection between these two cities of culture.
The hotel’s location is quite prime since right from its doors, a short walk away, visitors can explore Salzburg’s many cultural treasures: attractions such as Mirabell Palace, the Mozart Museum, the famous Getreidegasse and much more are within easy reach of this luxury hotel. The Salzburg Festival (from Easter Festival to Whitsun Festival to Summer Festival) and the Christkindlmarkt are also within walking distance of the Hotel Stein.
Lighting fixtures and glass works of art and exquisite materials of the world-famous textile producer Rubelli decorate the interior of the property. A harmonious aesthetic between modern art and contemporary design, the decor masterfully sets the stage for the historic substance of the hotel and creates luxurious, room-defining accents.
“Salzburg meets Venice”, the theme that guides the interior of the hotel highlights the strong cultural and artistic connection between the two cities, achieved through the skilful use of colours and the presence of great photographs by Luigi Caputo, photographer and Italian artist who lives in Salzburg, and who has interpreted the beauty of both.
The crowning glory of the hotel’s décor is by Barovier & Toso – a magnificent seven-story installation, in the middle of the grand staircase, a cascade of blue glass that catches the eye with its blaze of reflections.
But the “signature piece” of the hotel is the Cà Rezzonico chandelier, a classic Venetian chandelier reinterpreted in a two-dimensional format: flat instead of circular, it is exposed as a picture in four pieces – unique pieces – on the windows of the ground floor, on the banks of the Salzach river, to cheer the tourists and residents alike.
The hotel also includes many lamps and chandeliers from the Samurai, Marta, Ran, Manhattan, Taif and Izmir collections.
An exclusive scent wafts throughout the entire Salzburg luxury hotel. Details such as terry cloth that one would find only on luxury yachts, Coffee pods with the hotel’s own coffee brand, and an assortment of natural cosmetics by cult brand Saint Charles make for the unique ambience.
Part of Salzburg’s luxury hotel is, therefore, a rooftop restaurant that reveals a panoramic view from the 7th floor towards the old town of Salzburg. The former Stein Terrace became the modern and exclusive rooftop restaurant Seven Senses that also presents with a stunning view of the city.
A visit to Salzburg is as much about a visit to The Stein as it is to the glorious city.