Schloss Mönchstein $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
In high season, Salzburg's quaint Alstadt can grow as jammed and noisy as Times Square, and that makes Schloss M;nchstein an appealing escape. Situated just above the old town on its own miniature mountain, surrounded by leafy M;nchsberg Park, the gabled, yellow Schloss, which once played host to Catherine the Great, is all hushed exclusivity, and patrician enough to eschew passing trends. Although renovated in 2003, the 24 guestrooms mix rococo and Biedermeier, oriental rugs and random tchotchkes, though they don't need too much of a theme when their big picture windows offer photogenic views of Salzburg. That same panorama can be seen everywhere: From the hotel's lush restaurant, which recently added an extended terrace overlooking the Mirabell Castle; from the 16th-century chapel on site; and from the Orangery Apollo conservatory bar, where you can toast the towers of Salzburg.