Channeling Julie Andrews in Austria
March 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven Katie K visits Austria...in her mind. Enjoy.
The recent teases of springy weather have me in a Julie Andrews sort of mood. (I’ll tell you one thing: If my neighborhood had more — er, any — grassy hills, I would spend a lot less time blogging, and a lot more time running around singing about how, you know, alive it all is.) But rather than fantasizing about my frolics on faux hills, I’d rather let my mind drift straight to the source — specifically, the Hotel Schloss Fuschl in Austria.
Overlooking Lake Fuschl, one of 76 lakes in the Salzkammergut region east of Salzburg, the luxe chateau was built in 1450 as a hunting lodge where the Archbishops of Salzburg summered but it earned its immortality by playing a cameo role in the Sound of Music.
But Schloss Fuschl is more than just a pretty castle and fun name to say. It’s a Leading Hotel of the World, for one thing, and the hotel’s spacious spa evokes the spa tradition that the lake area was famous for in its 19th-century heyday (according to National Geographic Traveler) but with a modern take: a mosaic-tiled indoor pool, steam bath, sauna, fitness area, outdoor Jacuzzi.
And! According to the website: “We will be delighted to whisk you off into the glorious Salzkammergut landscape in one of our fleet of Rolls-Royces or choose your personal favorite to drive one by yourself.” Yes, please.