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.