Destination Guide


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With its small-town charm and hospitable locals, Lech is one of Europe’s friendliest ski towns. Its remote location on the western edge of Austria lends an air of exclusivity, an element further enhanced by a suite of small luxury hotels and the well-heeled visitors and families that return to them annually. This is the kind of place where visitors develop beloved traditions from skiing circuits to fondue dinner rituals, making it perfect for families looking for a getaway with great outdoor activities. With cable cars and gondolas connecting its ski trails to nearby towns like Zurs and St. Christoph, Lech has access to a huge ski terrain even though the town delivers small-town intimacy. What you won’t find is a rowdy après ski scene. For that, you will need to head over to St. Anton or St. Christoph.


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Exterior - View at Night - Almhof Schneider, Lech, Austria

Almhof Schneider

A family favorite located on the fringe of town, the Almhof Schneider combines warm service with seriously sophisticated cosseting and stylish design. In fact, many in town refer to the Almhof Schneider as Lech’s unofficial Four Seasons hotel since it lays on the pampering details and attracts the area’s most demanding and glamorous travelers. Its ski in/ski out location adds to its sense of exclusivity as guests can glide straight in and out of the hotel ski lounge.

The friendly owner, Frau Hannelore Schneider, makes her rounds at the restaurant every night, chatting for a few minutes at each table and discussing the news of the day. Her son and daughter-in-law are both architects and keep the property in tip-top condition, with regular updates to sleek décor and thoughtful amenities. Each year a new element is added, be it a swanky billiards room, clubby wine cellar or communal library/work room. Its restaurants, which are among the town’s most modern and attractive, have a glamorous see-and-be-seen atmosphere as well as delicious food.

The 53 rooms feature light wood–paneled walls, neutral furnishing in soft creams and greys, decorative candles and fur throws. While the hotel has many family-friendly amenities, adults can hit the gym or luxuriate après-ski in the spa, as their children are occupied sledding or watching a film in the screening room. The Schneider, as it is called by regulars, may be a bit fancy for most locals taste, but it is beloved by many well-heeled families from around the world who consider it their mountain home away from home.

Suite at Hotel Arlberg, Lech, Austria

Hotel Arlberg

Hannes Schneider, the owner of Hotel Arlberg, has said, “we are not running a hotel, but a household.” Perhaps that is why nearly eighty percent of guests are repeat visitors. The Schneider family laid the foundations for the hotel more than 50 years ago, and they take immense pride in the property, making all guests feel very welcome.

The owners’ passion for their Austrian heritage is evident in the hotel’s aesthetic. Each of the property’s 52 rooms is bursting with traditional flair, with taxidermy, mounted antlers, needlepoint pillows, fur throws and other Alpine accessories adorning the rooms and suiting the mountain retreat perfectly.

The most luxurious accommodations are the twelve Jagdhof suites, which tastefully mix old world and modern aesthetics to feel traditional but with all the current amenities. Also on property are several restaurants, ranging from the casual bar to the Italian-influenced La Felice, the pampering Senses Spa, and indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

**Insider Tip:**A car hobbyist, Hannes Schneider can arrange different modern and classic car tours for summer guests.

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