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.
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 from UK credit cards (August 2021)
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 usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can apply here.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)