Hotel Kristiania Lech
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Review: A Snowy Escape at Hotel Kristiania in Lech

Most of us skiers are now thinking about where’s next for this year’s ski trip. Well, if Austria is on your agenda, this fabulous family-owned boutique, Hotel Kristiania in Lech is the utmost chic Austrian escape…

The 29-room elegant boutique hotel located in Austria’s chic Arlberg region, owned by Austria’s first alpine Olympic Gold medal winner, Othmar Schneider, is a must for your next skiing holiday.

We have stayed in many luxury ski hotels and chalets, yet I always go back to this one, it’s simply a beautiful escape like no other.

Offering the same charm and atmosphere of a private home, Hotel Kristiania in Lech is transforming the traditional mountain break with an unconventional alpine twist, where novel ideas match with contemporary art, fine gastronomy and local cultural experiences.

Hotel Kristiania Lech

Located in the much-loved Arlberg region, the hotel is family-run and owned business. Boasting a traditional chocolate box façade with the sense of a private and cosy home, the interiors reveal an eclectic mix of antiques, contemporary artwork, rich fabrics and decorative lighting, lending the hotel a very different ambience than many others in the alps.

Lech is considered some of the best mountain terrain in all of Europe. With a reputation for perfect snow conditions all through the winter season and lush fields in the summer, guests can look forward to exploring the infinite sweeping runs and trails throughout Lech, Oberlech and Zürs, with easy access connecting into St Anton and the rest of Arlberg, providing adventurous possibilities suited for all levels.

For art lovers, Hotel Kristiania houses a spectacular collection of curated pieces. It includes more than 200 paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by both emerging and established artists. These are from the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Max Cole, Max Bill and Sam Francis.

Hotel Kristiania Lech

Hotel Kristiania in Lech – Simply Outstanding

As part of their stay, guests are also invited to experience the Höhenflug gallery. It’s a specially curated exhibition in collaboration with Austrian art gallery, Sturm & Schober Vienna. Quirkily located in the hotel’s transformed garage space, designed to support and bring together the local community.

The Bedrooms are all different. No two rooms are the same and it’s the individual touches in the rooms and suites that really inspire you.

In the rooms you will find chiselled woods, delicate tapestries and tribal designs of Africa. Or skim across the vases, spicy colour cues and Zen layout of Asia. Or stroke your chin in wonder as you admire the art and the view.

This is not a room or a suite, it’s an experience that touches your senses and your spirit! The food offering is outstanding from the refined Das Restaurant, or the relaxed and cosy fireside setting of Kaminzimmer, to fun outdoor picnics – complete with views of the Vorarlberg Alps, Moroccan rugs, fur blankets and a warming fire pit.

After a long day on the slopes, I love going onto the terrace to cosy up with a hot chocolate. With over 7,000 bottles of mature wine in the traditional cellar, guests will never suffer through a lack of choice. It’s a haven for wine lovers.

This gorgeous hidden hangout for those in the know, with only 29 individually designed rooms and suites, is a must-visit for anyone looking for a great ski location and luxury off the slopes.

Snowy Paradise

Hotel Kristiania Lech

Hotel Kristiania offers guests a smorgasbord of experiences with butlers to take care of every need. From starlit cinema screenings, meditative forest retreats, ice fishing, deer watching, and even dedicated Dog Butlers and Reading Butlers to source guest’s favourite books.

At Kristiania, everything feels possible. It’s an experience beyond conventional. A delicious dinner with friends, a little refreshment at lunchtime or enjoying the afternoon sun with coffee and cake. The village has it all on offer. Not to forget the amazing ski huts on the mountains for your mountain lunch.