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The Goldener Hirsch hotel in Salzburg launches its new 600 year-old look

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If you are planning a trip to Salzburg, the good news is that the Hotel Goldener Hirsch – part of the The Luxury Collection from Marriott – has just completed a full-scale renovation.

If you’ve never been to Salzburg then you may not be aware of the Goldener Hirsch and its position in the city.  It is one of only a very small number of hotels in the old town.  Astonishingly, it has operated as a hotel since 1407.  That is not a typo.

Goldener Hirsch Salzburg Marriott Bonvoy

All 70 rooms and suites, as well as the common areas, have been restored.  To quote:

“The hotel’s sixty-four guestrooms and six suites have long been characterized by the building’s unique architecture, adding a sense of individuality to each space. The renovation however has seamlessly balanced old with new. The solid wood flooring is offset by a palette of cornflower blue and antique white whilst traditional, hand-printed fabrics are used in rugs, curtains and cushion covers, all produced by local designer, Jordis. Guests will find the 15th century guesthouse reimagined with every modern convenience and latest technology integrated seamlessly into each living space. The en-suite bathrooms are generous spaces where deep marble baths and heritage bronze fittings meet rainfall showers and porcelain fixtures.”

The hotel website is here.  It is a Category 7 redemption, which means that reward nights costs 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000 points per night depending on season.

If the idea of staying in a higgledy-piggledy 600 year old room does not appeal – and the hotel is directly in the main tourist area – Salzburg also has one of the best Sheraton hotels in Europe just a few minutes from the old town.  This is one of only a handful of Sheraton’s globally to have the ‘Sheraton Grand’ title.

The Sheraton Grand website is here.  As a Category 5 hotel, a redemption costs 30,000 to 40,000 Bonvoy points per night.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (February 2023)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 bonus points and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (69)

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  • Waddle says:

    I’ve read that Amex IT hasn’t been the most infallible since the recent rules change and some bonuses have been slipping through the cracks after 6 months rather than 24 for reapplications. I’m looking to get a BAPP again before the new year and knew I wasn’t going to get a bonus anyway due to the 24 month rule but if there is a possibility I may get one by some glitch should I wait another few months or so after 6 months have passed and chance it? I cancelled my BAPP end of July ish.

    • aDifferentSimon says:

      didn’t work for me after 7 months, I got a “thank you for your continued interest in amex” letter. Nothing after I met the spend requirement which I did just in case!
      I set up a new online account with a different email address but the IT is slightly more advanced than that!

    • memesweeper says:

      Amex IT worked fine for me with my recent SPG application. That’s now my ‘keeper’ Amex. I think I’m done with chasing sign up bonuses, at least on personal cards. For my business I have the new BA Accelerating card but the annual bonus at £ 20,000 spend is too high so that will be cancelled after the sign-up hits.

  • Matt says:

    O/T BA Amex – collect 1 bonus avios for every £4 spent until 27th December. Has everyone got that or is it personalised?

    • Russ says:

      Just me who thinks 1 extra avios at Christmas is a bit stingy? Not exactly “Ho-Ho-Ho’ more “Ha-Ha-Ha’ perhaps.

    • Harry T says:

      I received an email about it today and the offer is now appearing in the app.

    • ankomonkey says:

      I’ve had the e-mail, my wife hasn’t (yet).

    • Joe says:

      An you clarify this – not had email – just in app.

      Says 1 extra point for £4 spend – not 1 extra point for every £4 spent.

      Which is correct – obviously big difference for large spends.


  • Lady London says:

    Good wind-up.

    • Lady London says:

      That’s for Shoestring’s idea of leaving a handbag on your 3rd bar stool seat :-). Everyone will think you’re lying and a brave drunk one might challenge you.

  • Lauralashes says:

    Often had the boxes at the O2, sound quality not great. Also atmosphere is rather detached and if you see others in other boxes they are stuffy. Save your points is my unsolicited opinion.

    • Rob says:

      It depends on your approach to concerts. If you’re a hardcore fan then you really don’t want to be in the box, I agree. If you’re a middle aged bloke who is happy to pass the evening listening to Fleetwood Mac in comfort then it’s great 🙂

      Far more mixed crowd in the Marriott box, however, because people are voluntarily buying the seats for points due to their interest in the band. It isn’t like a law firm inviting various key contacts, all of whom will end up being white middle-aged men by default.

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