"Modernized, beautiful hotel in historic location"
I just got back from my stay, and Hotel Elefant was great. First off, it is in a wonderful location. It is in the heart of old town Salzburg, steps away from Getreidegasse, the main squares, and the Cathedral. With a location like that, in an old building, I am usually willing to accept some other faults, but I did not have to here. For instance, understanding that the hotel was old, I expected it to be comfortable, but have some historical "quirks" like hot water or AC issues. What I found was a beautifully appointed, modernized room, with an elevator, ample outlets in my room, a safe, minibar, and hairdryer, along with a very modern bathroom (with good hot water and water pressure). It was immaculately clean, the AC worked great, and there were plenty of towels restocked daily. I had a beautiful view of the fortress from my window. In addition, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. They gave me info on tours and directions to the fortress, helped me schedule a cab to the airport when I was leaving, and generally were helpful with suggestions of activities and restaurants. They also had their own restaurant downstairs which was very good. My only negative comment is that it was a bit expensive for a single, but I was paying music festival season prices, so that is to be expected.
I would definitely stay again. Highly recommended!