Dates back to: 1876
Starting nightly rate: $400
Celebrity guests: Queen Elizabeth II, John F. Kennedy, Grace Kelly, John Lennon
Directly across the street from Vienna’s famed State Opera house, the Hotel Sacher is one of the most historic hotels in Austria, and has contributed greatly to the city’s culture with the invention of the Sacher-Torte.
Prince von Metternich requested this cake made of chocolate and apricot jam, and it fell upon the shoulders of a 16-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher, to create the special treat. His creation has remained a symbol of the city since its delivery in 1832.
The Sacher family went on to create the esteemed Hotel Sacher in 1876, where it remains in the family to this day. Decorated with subtle Baroque accents, it boasts 86 rooms and 63 suites, with roof-terrace suites available.
A street-facing restaurant and bakery sell the still-handmade Sacher-Tortes, with more than 350,000 shipped around the world annually. Still the epitome of luxury, the Hotel Sacher is within steps of Vienna’s most historic attractions.