While a former fifteenth-century inn might seem an odd choice for a hot hotel list, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch is proof that being hot is not just about being new. Made up of medieval townhouses just minutes from Mozart's original home, this lodging continues to be a favorite with visiting bigwigs, especially those attending the Salzburg Festival. As many a 21st-century decorator knows, kitsch is back with a vengeance, and that puts this hotel ahead of the game. Its lobby is hung with antlers, and its guest rooms, furnished with alpine-style pieces, retain a quirky Old World charm. The house restaurants, which serve Austrian cuisine and a superb selection of local wines, are creatively situated in buildings that once served as blacksmith and goldsmith shops.