The Best Hotels to Book in Lech, Austria

The Kristiania is a flamboyant and cosy hotel in Lech, Austria
The Kristiania is a flamboyant and cosy hotel in Lech, Austria | Courtesy of Kristiania Lech / Expedia
Stuart Kenny

Upgrade your ski trip by booking into one of these top hotels in Lech am Arlberg, the most exclusive ski resort in Austria.

Lech, a village in the Arlberg ski area, is as beautiful as it is opulent. The river Lech runs through the town centre, past the church of St Nicholas, which has a 33-metre (108ft) tower topped by an iconic squash-shaped dome, making the town a real winter wonderland. The slopes are snow sure and the skiing extensive, with 305km (190 miles) of pistes. The resort is well known for attracting royalty and celebrities, and the hotels are of a standard to match that clientele.

1. Hotel Haldenhof

Hotel

Cosy room at Hotel Haldenhof with a large bed and two armchairs
Courtesy of Hotel Haldenhof / Expedia

The Schwärzler family runs Hotel Haldenhof and has been involved in not only the running of hotels in Lech but the growth of the village itself, for over 50 years. Hubert and Isolde Schwärzler laid the foundation stone of the Haldenhof back in October 1968, and the family is in its third generation of hoteliers now. Today, the hotel mixes the style of an English country house with warm, spacious and luxurious bedrooms and superb hospitality.

2. Hotel Almhof Schneider

Hotel, Luxury, Ski Chalet

Dining room at Hotel Almhof Schneider with chairs and a set table with candles
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The Almhof is a luxury Lech ski hotel whose attention to detail and refined grandeur don’t sacrifice the personal touch. Run by the Schneider family, who can trace its history in Lech back to 1451, the Almhof has grown into a five-star offering with one of Austria’s best wine lists and a mouth-watering gastronomy (the kaiserschmarrn here is hard to beat), while maintaining the feel that you’re staying with a family friend.

3. Haus Schrofenstein

Ski Chalet, Guesthouse

Exterior of Haus Schrofenstein, a white building adorned with flowers set against a forested hill
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Arrive at Haus Schrofenstein, and you’ll find the pretty white B&B weighed down by a thick layer of snow covering the roof and the wooden cladding of the terrace. Inside, it’s old-fashioned but incredibly homely, and rooms don’t lack for space or comfort. One big plus is the location – the B&B is only 400 metres (1,312ft) from the Oberlechbahn cable car. Start your day with breakfast at Haus Schrofenstein, and end it relaxing back in the sauna.

4. Kristiania Lech

Hotel, Ski Chalet

Small, wood-panelled room at Kristiania Lech featuring a bed with a teal throw and an armchair
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The Kristiania was originally opened by Olympic gold medalist Othmar Schneider and is now run by Othmar’s daughter Gertrud. It’s one of the more flamboyant hotels in Lech. There are no standardised rooms or dimensions. Each of the 29 bedrooms is inspired by the Grand Tour – a trip around Europe undertaken by young travellers in the 17th century. The bars, lounges and restaurants are equally individual, culminating in an artistic, curated space that you can truly call boutique.

5. Hotel Arlberg Stuben

Hotel

Light room at Arlberg Stuben with a bed and wallpaper featuring dandelion clocks
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Alexandra Lassnig has been running the Arlberg Stuben for over two decades. It’s a spot where tradition meets modern innovation. The hotel is actually in Stuben rather than Lech, on a scenic, exposed little spot on the mountain. There are an outdoor Jacuzzi and a natural swimming pond used for curling in winter. To ski in Lech, grab the ski bus to Zürs. The Albonabahn cable car will get you directly to St Anton, which is connected to the Lech ski area.

6. Hotel Sandhof

Hotel, Ski Chalet

Large room at Hotel Sandhof with a wooden floor, a bed and a sofa
Courtesy of Hotel Sandhof / Expedia

Back in the centre of Lech, the Prodinger family runs the 28-room Hotel Sandhof. The smaller rooms are cosy, with wooden furnishings and warm lighting. The larger suites are incredibly stylish, in a traditional Austrian sense. There’s a family-friendly feel, and the hotel will organise babysitters if parents fancy a romantic dinner. Speaking of food, in the kitchen, chef Florian Grill is an expert in Vorarlberg specialities and vegetarian delicacies.

7. Alpina Lech

Hotel, Ski Chalet

Exterior of Haus Alpina, a wooden building set among trees and snow
Courtesy of Haus Alpina / Expedia

Just before the main hub of Lech, you’ll find Alpina Lech, a stunning, traditional wooden house with six double rooms, one suite and three apartments. The guest living room is as cosy as it gets, with a roaring open fireplace and comfy couches. However, the heart of Alpina is the 250-year old Stube restaurant, where Frau Milka serves up yoghurt from Lech farms, cheese from the Bregenzerwald, bread from Lech bakeries and fish caught and smoked in nearby Zug. A true home from home.

8. Bentleys House

Boutique Hotel, Ski Chalet

Cosy room at Bentleys House with wood-panelled walls, sofas and a dining table and chairs
Courtesy of Bentleys House / Expedia

An old house drawn, quartered and renovated, you can book one of the four chalets that make up the five-star Bentleys House and range from 87sqm (936sqf) to 145sqm (1,561sqf) – or the whole thing. Each chalet has style in spades. Some have their own sauna, others a panoramic balcony and fireplace. All have a kitchen and access to the spa and pool area. Breakfast is served each morning, and fridges can be filled with wine or champagne before arrival on request.

9. Skilodge Oberlech

Hotel, Lodge, Ski Chalet

Room at Ski Lodge Oberlech with a bed, wood-panelled walls, a fur rug and a view of snowy hills
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Up above the town of Lech, you’ll find the car-free resort of Oberlech. Here, you’ll find Skilodge Oberlech at 1,650m (5,413ft), a ski-in, ski-out mountain hut. The ten stylish bedrooms use wood, stone and berry tones to create a cosy alpine aesthetic. All have a balcony and views of the mountains. Breakfast is served on the panoramic top floor, a delightful spot, where wooden walls and a slanting roof are met with simple, stylish furniture.

10. Hotel Auriga Lech

Hotel, Ski Chalet

Wood-panelled room at Hotel Auriga Lech with twin beds, sofa and flowers on a coffee table
Courtesy of Hotel Auriga Lech / Booking.com

Alexandra and Ingo Strolz run the Auriga, a hotel in the centre of Lech, with the largest spa in the area that measures 1,125 sqm (12,109sqf). The Strolz family has been running the hotel for over 20 years now and put a focus on sound design, considered lighting, an exclusive wine cellar and heartfelt hospitality. The Rüfikopf cable car is a 3-minute walk away, and, once your day on the slopes is done, the pool, sauna, steam bath and more await.

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