Hotel prices were relatively expensive for the weekdays I planned to be in the city of Salzburg with many properties at $150 USD and higher. After evaluating my options, I chose to book a Wyndham Rewards GoFast reward stay at Ramada Salzburg City Centre for 3,000 points + 52 EUR per night. The lowest published room rate was 93 EUR and I consider saving 41 EUR for 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points a good value redemption. Saving $46 is a redemption value over $15 per 1,000 points and members can buy 5,000 points in Wyndham Rewards per calendar year for $55. I have not purchased any points in Wyndham Rewards this year, so I will be able to replace 5,000 points before the end of 2016 for $55.
Ramada Salzburg City Centre and Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Center are both located by the city train station for convenient access. This was a location I found highly desirable when I arrived from Vienna in Salzburg by train at 4pm in the afternoon during a heavy rainstorm. The hotel was only 50 meters outside the train station doors.
In many cities the train station is a slummy place to be located. Salzburg is a city that impressed me with its cleanliness and the area around the train station was no different. Another convenience of the train station was a Spar market where I was able to pick up some food and beer after checking into the hotel and go back to my room for the evening, since the rain did not let up that night.
Ramada Salzburg City Centre ranks #26 of 138 hotels in Salzburg on TripAdvisor and is categorized as a 4-star hotel. I was not slumming it with this hotel choice. Wyndham Grand ranks #26. There are several high ranked Starwood Hotels, which all had comparably high room rates. Sheraton Grand Salzburg ranks #11 and was over 150 EUR. I stopped by that hotel. Classy place. The other Starwood Hotels are even higher priced or not in city center. Crowne Plaza ranks #15, another hotel I walked by, but did not visit. Sheraton and Crowne Plaza were only about a ten minute walk from the Ramada and train station. Radisson Blu Altstadt Salzburg has a great location beside the river and near Mozart’s birthplace residence museum, but a category 6 at 50,000 Club Carlson points.
Ramada Salzburg City Centre in photo center beside Salzburg Hauptbahnhof train station.
The room was a small standard room, but perfectly fine for me as a solo traveler. The only thing I used and needed in the room was the bed, desk and bathroom.
My room was 505 on the 5th floor. The room view looked out over some lower shopping center type building and high-rise apartment buildings about 100 meters away. The view was urban. There were probably mountains to be seen if the weather had not been primarily low clouds for my stay. I never saw blue sky during the two days I stayed in Salzburg, however I did get a few hours to walk around snapping photos when there was no rain. Salzburg is relatively compact for the tourist sites in the city centre. I took two three-hour walks around the city and walked many of the main areas twice on both sides of the river around the majority of museums and castle.
5th Floor hallway window views from Ramada Salzburg
View over Salzburg train station from Ramada elevator foyer windows.
Ramada Salzburg Fitness Center and Spa
The fitness center is on Floor 2. The equipment looked in good condition and there were spa rooms for massages. Also a sauna, but it was being cleaned when I went to check it out.
Ramada Salzburg Lobby
This was a quick in and out of Salzburg for me with only 38 hours in the city and hard rain falling for most of that time. Finally I got to use my Goretex rain pants I had packed and kept in my luggage for ten glorious sunny days in Slovakia. I was actually delighted that I was staying at the Ramada for its convenience to the train station upon arrival. The city buses to all points of Salzburg and German border towns depart from the plaza directly outside the train station and Ramada hotel. The second morning at 6am I walked out of the Ramada and directly onto the #2 bus for Salzburg Airport in less than 1 minute. The bus fare for the 20 minute ride to the airport was 2.60 EUR.
For readers interested in American brand foods, there is a McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks surrounding the hotel. I found a better grocery market than the train station about ten minutes walk away from the Ramada, but it closed at 6pm. The train station market was open to 10pm I think. I will be writing an article on what I saw in Salzburg in the next day or two.
All in all, a good and convenient hotel and location for a quick stop in Salzburg, Austria.
Ramada Salzburg lobby has a small counter bar (3.90 EUR for 0.5 l beer) and a lobby computer station. There is a top floor restaurant advertising its great views in the elevator poster, but I never bothered going up to see the space considering the low clouds covered most of the hilltops during my stay.
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