The view of the Salzach River from the room at Motel One

Sleep: Salzburg

Salzburg has some beautiful places to stay – thanks to its abundance of architectural gems – however, finding one that won’t break the bank for merely a weekend away can be a challenge.

Salzburg is split into the ‘old’ town and the ‘new’, with most people opting to stay in the heart of the old town. Although the old town is where you are most likely to feel like you are living in a Sound of Music set 24/7, here’s where I’m going to shock you: you don’t need to stay there – save your hard-earned euros for some extra beers and Julie Andrews paraphernalia instead.

Salzach River in Salzburg

Salzburg is such a small city (in fact, in the UK we would probably call it a town) and is more than walkable, which means that unless you are staying out in the mountains of the Salzkammergut, then the old town is likely to be a short stroll away. Your mode of arrival transport is going to influence where you stay outside the old town because if you have the option of a car then the possibilities are significantly more. As I travelled to Salzburg by train and arrived at night, I prioritised proximity to the train station, to allow for ease of arrival and departure (nobody likes trundling their cases behind them as they search for their hotel in the dark, or as they run to catch the train home).

My choice: Motel-One Salzburg-Mirabell. Don’t be put off by the “Motel” part of the name, this is most definitely a hotel. A 10 minute-walk from the train station, 8-minute walk to the stunning Mirabell gardens and a pleasant 15-minute stroll along the river into the centre of old town, Motel-One Salzburg-Mirabell really does adhere to the old adage of “location, location, location”. And what’s more, it’s positioned right on the edge of the river – which leave’s you wondering how room prices can possibly start from as little as 69 Euros a night. But, they do.

The horse in the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg

The interiors are testament to Motel One being a German-owned chain – cleanliness reigns supreme. Modern decor lovers won’t be disappointed either, from the moment of stepping into the lobby visitors are met with clean lines, splashes of bright colours and an overall minimalist feel.It’s essentially a design hotel, but one without the hefty per night price tag usually associated with this categorisation.

Of course, if you are looking for traditional character this is not the place to find it. I’m a believer though that local tradition and culture are rarely found in a hotel room and therefore, where you stay should tick the following boxes and the rest should be forgotten: a convenient location which is also safe for solo travellers, clean rooms and interiors, an optional breakfast for those days you don’t feel like traipsing around before finding a spot, helpful staff, and a comfortable bed. Motel One certainly meets all of these criteria with its 24hr reception, reasonably priced optional breakfast buffet, spotless rooms, and big, soft beds.

It goes one step further too – did I mention that most rooms have a view of the river so you can start your day soaking up those stunning Salzburg views?

The view of the Salzach River from the room at Motel One

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a breakfast voucher as a thank you for my review, post-publication. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.


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