Tansy Kaschak

Hotel Arlberg

  • Where:
  • Why:To feast on some pure alpine nature
  • When:Summer 2021
  • Who:Tansy, Prerna and Tchai
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Hotel Arlberg Nestled in the heart of Lech since 1956, Hotel Arlberg now runs under the guidance of a passionate third generation of young hoteliers

Nestled in the heart of Lech since 1956, Hotel Arlberg now runs under the guidance of a passionate third generation of young hoteliers

Hotel Arlberg Benjamin Schneider, grandson of the hotel founder, and his husband Patrick Krummenacher have an inspiring drive for hospitality. Prerna, Tchai and I loved spending time with them and hearing about all the plans to future-proof their family legacy

Benjamin Schneider, grandson of the hotel founder, and his husband Patrick Krummenacher have an inspiring drive for hospitality. Prerna, Tchai and I loved spending time with them and hearing about all the plans to future-proof their family legacy

Hotel Arlberg Fondue feast at Stuba restaurant

Fondue feast at Stuba restaurant

Hotel Arlberg Patrick and Benjamin are diligent in their search for the best Austrian wine, but are also innovating with low proof liquor alternatives

Patrick and Benjamin are diligent in their search for the best Austrian wine, but are also innovating with low proof liquor alternatives

Hotel Arlberg After a few glasses, Tchai is ready for bed...

After a few glasses, Tchai is ready for bed...

Hotel Arlberg ... that is so comfortable he got up ready and steady for all the adventures ahead

... that is so comfortable he got up ready and steady for all the adventures ahead

Hotel Arlberg But, first things first: a delicious breakfast with this view

But, first things first: a delicious breakfast with this view

Hotel Arlberg Right across the street from the hotel there is a cable car station to take us to a chair lift and up the mountain we go

Right across the street from the hotel there is a cable car station to take us to a chair lift and up the mountain we go

Hotel Arlberg The area is known for its prime slopes and it's said that, while other European winter destinations are famous for their social scenes, if you are serious about skiing, Lech-Zuers is the place to go. Come in summer to hike and bike, it is as beautiful as it gets

The area is known for its prime slopes and it's said that, while other European winter destinations are famous for their social scenes, if you are serious about skiing, Lech-Zuers is the place to go. Come in summer to hike and bike, it is as beautiful as it gets

Hotel Arlberg Approaching Skyspace Lech, by American artist James Turrel, which was crowdfunded by the local community

Approaching Skyspace Lech, by American artist James Turrel, which was crowdfunded by the local community

Hotel Arlberg It is hard to capture in a picture the experience that Skyspace is. Needless to say it is a must go. And super quick access from the hotel

It is hard to capture in a picture the experience that Skyspace is. Needless to say it is a must go. And super quick access from the hotel

Hotel Arlberg The one sculpture left of a 100-piece installation the artist Antony Gormley placed in these mountains from August 2010 to April 2012

The one sculpture left of a 100-piece installation the artist Antony Gormley placed in these mountains from August 2010 to April 2012

Hotel Arlberg Back to our room, a lofty 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Family Suite with fireplace and balcony overlooking the mountains

Back to our room, a lofty 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Family Suite with fireplace and balcony overlooking the mountains

Hotel Arlberg Steam and spa time is a big part of the mountaineer culture and Arlberg amazes with their offer. This is a massaging horizontal shower we never heard about before

Steam and spa time is a big part of the mountaineer culture and Arlberg amazes with their offer. This is a massaging horizontal shower we never heard about before

Hotel Arlberg Sleek, spacious, über comfortable bathroom. Extra points to the Japanese toilet seat

Sleek, spacious, über comfortable bathroom. Extra points to the Japanese toilet seat

Hotel Arlberg We loved visiting in summer but can only imagine how great this steamy pool might be when the snow takes the landscape over

We loved visiting in summer but can only imagine how great this steamy pool might be when the snow takes the landscape over

Hotel Arlberg You know you're up to something special when the royals are habitués...

You know you're up to something special when the royals are habitués...

Hotel Arlberg And if even your pooch gets some royal treatment... You know you've found your place!

And if even your pooch gets some royal treatment... You know you've found your place!

Highs & Lows

  • The location is remarkable. In the heart of town, right by the river, overlooking the mountains. Already the drive over is spectacular.

  • Intimate family style hospitality goes above and beyond to meet guests' needs. They know how to make you feel special.

  • The daily steam and spa, before and after outdoor activities. We can't wait to return in winter, change gears and do it all over again.

  • The commitment Arlberg has to their staff and their community is truly inspiring. The main reason why they keep the hotel open all year round is to keep their team onboard, ensuring their wellbeing and also the hotel's high level of service.

  • The combination of the pure mountain air and great beds equals epic sleep.

  • The hotel may be historical but the bathrooms' comfort and design are as current as it can be.

  • The proximity to Skyspace Lech by James Turrell. There is something deeply moving about the simplicity of framing the sky and letting our eyes navigate the different states of perception the change of light throughout the day can bring. The space can also be visit at dusk and down for a colored light show — which we highly recommend. Our trip was partially plan to discover this place.

  • The décor is mainly winter holiday and could use a little summer edit.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Alpine Resort

  • Vibe

    Extra plush and cozy family style

  • Location

    In the heart of the village

  • Rooms

    51

  • Arrival Experience

    Third generation owner and hosts greeted us on arrival and helped us with our bags. You don’t get a more personal experience than that

  • Future Forward

    Inspiring commitment to community and industry. Despite being a clearly seasonal destination, the hotel stays open year round to retain their loyal team members and preserve the continuity of their service style. Gifted with pure glacier water that you can drink straight from any tap, so no need for bottled water. Except for some plastic bottles at the gym and hiking trips. We look forward to seeing an evolution to reusable bottles throughout the property

  • Music

    Pop

  • Year Opened

    1956

  • Designed By

    Originally Grandad Schneider, with add-ons throughout the decades. Currently being updated by Benjamin and Patrick

  • Health & Wellness

    Outdoor and indoor heated pools, Susanne Kaufman spa and facilities, gym, huge offer of outdoor activities. Winter being a ski destination, the summer is heaven for hiking, biking, foraging and forest yoga

  • Food

    Three dining spaces with classical Austrian fare, yet the kitchen adapted really well to plant based and gluten free guests. When the sun is shining, breakfast on the terrace with imposing mountain views is memorable. Stube restaurant, a local reference for fondue, has evolved to serve eight variations including Asian style Shabu Shabu

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    You must meet Wolfgang Winter, who has managed the bar for 12 years. Don’t forget to ask for his signature concoction, the Mr. Winter tea, you don’t want to upset him. An extensive wine list with passionate staff and a great local selection. During the holiday season the lobby bar is the epicentre of Lech’s apres-ski, with annual black-tie parties and all

  • Minibar & Retail

    Standard minibar selection, and an eclectic gift store. Additional Suzanne Kaufman products and Hanro loungewear available at the spa

  • Accessibility

    There are rooms accessible for those with disabilities

  • Pet Friendly

    The hotel not only welcomes but encourages guests to bring their beloved 'hunds' with them. Soft beds and treats galore

  • Children

    Yes, it’s a family affair with generations returning each year

  • Price

    Super luxe and a 7-night minimum stay in high season

  • Tel.

    +43 5583 2134-0

  • Website

    Visit website

Hotel Arlberg

Hotel Arlberg

FAMILIE KOMMERZIALRAT JOHANN SCHNEIDER TANNBERG 187 6764 LECH AM BERG

Skyspace by James Turrell

Skyspace by James Turrell

Skyspace Lech, Lech, Austria

Jakob & Ethel im Klösterle

Jakob & Ethel im Klösterle

Jakob & Ethel im Klösterle

Get on your Sound of Music

Get on your Sound of Music

Dorf 2, 6764 Lech, Austria

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