The Check In
It was snowing outside. Okay pause. Yes it was basically May and there was snow. A lot of it too. Being from LA, I was beyond excited to see snow, but Oliver and our taxi driver on the other hand were a little more than annoyed at the weather. Also, yes we took a 5 minute taxi ride across town, which was probably not even a mile, because it was snowing haha. Anyways, let's get back to it.
It was snowing when we arrived so I was definitely happy to step into Goldener Hirsch. The very first thing I noticed was its very traditional Austrian charm. Love at first sight! I usually gravitate more towards modern and sleek designs, but Goldener Hirsch was immediately so warm and cosy that I fell head right over heels for it the moment I stepped in.
We were pleasantly welcomed by the front desk staff, given our key, and personally escorted up to our "Festival Wing" room. Our escort pointed out some key things about the hotel, including my favorite: when and where breakfast would be served. As we walked through the halls I thought, "wow this place is way bigger than it looks". I later came to find out that the hotel is not 1 but actually 4 buildings connected. Looks can be deceiving!
And then a small flight of stairs and a quick elevator ride later we find ourselves in our room.
Words cannot describe and pictures cannot capture how amazingly unique the room was. Everything was in a very traditional Austrian style, verified first by my personal Austrian tour guide, Oliver, and later by the lovely Ms. Verena from Goldener Hirsch. The decor of the room became even more special when I found out the next morning that every single piece of furniture in every single room in the hotel was handpicked by Countess Harriet Walderdoff who took over hotel operations in 1939. You can definitely feel the love and see the detail that was put into each furniture piece. Also, our room was designed in pink, which I absolutely adored!
Like I said before our room was a "Festival Wing" room so it was definitely quite big. The "Festival Wing" rooms are the most spacious rooms in the hotel, ranging from 33 to 48 square meters. We had a comfortable couch area equipped with a TV, of course, and a bed that was larger than life. Or larger than me, definitely. I could completely sprawl out on it and still not cover even half of the bed! It's safe to say that I slept very well at Goldener Hirsch.
Out of all the amazing details of the room, my favorite part had to be the view or maybe the bathroom marble or the traditional woodwork. Okay, really I can't decide! Being in the Festival Wing our room had a great view of the Großes Festspielhaus, which looked even prettier dusted in the recent snow. And the bathroom was huge! Bigger than my entire flat in London, that's for sure. You could have a party in there I swear. And the wood in the room. It really takes your breath away, especially if you're like me and are from California where things built in the 1950s and even the 1980s are labeled as historical. Wooden beams, wooden wardrobe, wooden table, wooden headboard, and a wooden vanity. All of these made me feel like I took a time machine back to 1407. America wasn't even close to existing yet. Okay, maybe not that far back but I was definitely feeling some Sound of Music vibes.