A Relais & Chateaux Hotel just above the internationally renowned ski resort of Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Austria, the charming five-star Tennerhof offers old-school Alpine charm with the service and comfort of a luxury hotel. From the exposed beams, antique armoire, and fireplace in the Junior Suite to the bright and airy Kaiser Suite Franz Josef, each room has its own character, complete with mounted antlers, handmade furniture, and a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Since 1929, this former 17th-century farmhouse has been owned by the Von Pasquali family, who loving refurbished it. The classic Tyrolean wood architecture is enchanting, and the Alpine views intoxicating. In summer, the gardens are exquisite amid the backdrop of the Alps, while winters mean cozy fires between visits to the slopes or shopping in the town.
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Medieval Kitzbühel has retained its Old World traditions while still being modern enough to please the jet-set crowd. Horse-drawn carriages take visitors through its cramped streets on shopping trips, on romantic between-the-slopes interludes, or to the casino. While skiing makes winter a popular time of year, summers are great for golf, hiking, Nordic walking, and swimming in nearby Lake Schwarzsee.
Need to Know
Rooms: 40 rooms and suites. From $338. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Kupferstube ranks as one of the best restaurants in the region. Vegetables and fruit are grown right behind the hotel, and the chef uses mainly meats from local organic farms. Dairy products are delivered daily from a nearby farm. Spa and gym details:The Spa de Charme has an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, and plenty of restorative spa treatments.
Who it's for: Winter sports enthusiasts, foodies, and families. Our favorite rooms: Deluxe Room 9 is one of the oldest, with furniture dating back to 1416. The vintage Alpine woodwork and green ceramic tile stove make it arguably the most charming place to stay. Après advice: Ask the concierge to share his picks for the best après ski spots in town.