Located in Austria’s Arlberg region just five minutes from the slopes, the village of Lech seems to stand still in time, and hotel Kristiania Lech offers a glimpse of the past. Founded by 1952 Oslo Winter Olympic Slalom gold medalist Othmar Schneider, the hotel is now overseen by his daughter, Gertrud. The rustic property is not only a stylish Alpine getaway, but also a culinary destination. From the warm atmosphere of the Kaminzimmer, a reception area with fireplace and chess set, to the lounge and restaurants, there’s a relaxed sort of opulence that makes Kristiania both homey and luxurious.
Rooms have a warm, cozy ambience, perfect for resting after an active day in the snow. Individually styled rooms mix modern and rustic flair, some with a vintage 1950s or ’60s feel, though never feeling dated. The hotel is only open during ski season (December–April) and fills up early, so book well in advance.
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The mountain village of Lech am Arlberg has long been a winter sports destination, but anyone can enjoy the charming architecture and snow-capped Alpine peaks. The area is relaxed, unspoiled, and great for getting in touch with nature. Ask the concierge to make a dinner reservation at Haus No. 8, and for après ski, hit up Schneggarei.
Need to Know
Rooms: 20 rooms, 9 suites. From $620, including breakfast and dinner. Check-in: 5 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Reservations are required at the grand, gastronomical restaurant Otto Wagner. French cuisine is served by candlelight with mountain views at Kristiania Classic. Traditional regional cuisine is on offer at Kristiania Austrian. Spa and gym details:The hotel has a small spa with sauna and hot tub.
Who it's for: Nature and winter sports enthusiasts looking for a unique, culinary- focused getaway. Our favorite rooms: The rich colors and modern-meets-rustic flair of Junior Suite room 14 make it especially inviting. Unique excursions: Ask the hotel about arranging a horse-drawn sleigh ride or an Arabian picnic in the snow.