First know that UNESCO World Heritage Salzburg is very expensive because of its popularity. With over 5.5 million visitors each year, why wouldn’t it be? It really frosted my rear end (pardon me) that we had to pay almost as much for a one-star hotel in Salzburg as we did for a three-star hotel in Saalbach that included dinner. If you are willing to stay outside the main city, there are less expensive hotel rates but most people want to stay close to the ancient sights in exquisite, fairy-tale looking Salzburg.
After browsing choices for days on Booking.com (on the sidebar of this page), I chose Hotel Schwarzes Rossl located in a historic building (originally an Inn in 1507 although the building was destroyed during World War II), a half block from where Mozart’s family lived, at the foot of Kapuzinerberg, close to Mirabell Palace and a five-minute walk across the Salzach River into the old city. Rates were: 104 Euro for twin with WC, 84 Euro for twin without WC and all rates include breakfast served at the cafe next door; cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, juice, rolls, coffee and tea. The cafe also has delicious ice cream; our daily go-to.