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In a grand Arlberg mountain setting, rests the charming alpine hamlet of Lech. Until the end of the 19th Century Lech spent the winters cut off from the outside world, and the traditional village look remains - indeed most of the best places to stay in Lech are very alpine traditional on the outside, though some have had fairly modern makeovers inside. Pretty and popular, Lech is the kind of place you're likely to see Bentleys with snow chains.
Lech's traditional look is complemented by the old chalet style of many of the hotels - and the fact that the streets do get quite snowy. The sunny position is another draw, and from the top of the slopes there are some breathtaking views. So this is a great place to come for photography enthusiasts.
There are good ski schools and plenty of sunshine. And the snow record is excellent, one of the best in Austria. Between them, Lech, and its twin resort Zurs, have something to suit every kind of skier. Zurs has the nursery slopes, but Lech has a good assortment of gentler pistes, and there's plenty of pistes to challenge intermediate skiers, and off-piste options for the more adventurous.
- For a wonderful, traditional alpine experience, you can't go past the Hotel Arlberg. It's a five star luxury chalet right in the centre of town, and one of the best places to stay in Lech if you're looking for a ski-in ski-out location with fur throws, wood panelling, open fires and antlers. If you're picky about your tipple it will also tick all the boxes - they have a wine list with around a thousand choices.
- The Hotel Monzabon is a good option if any of your party is learning to ski: it's right in the centre of town, beside the ski school, cable car and ski lifts. This is a traditional mountain hotel, so there's plenty of bare wood and roaring fires. There are family sized apartments, which have a self catering option, but if you get hungry on the slopes opt for their half board, which includes five course suppers.
Lech with a Family
- The Hotel Sandhof is a traditional family run chalet with rooms, suites and apartments, and cosy public areas. Add to this the location, close to the pistes in the centre of town, and you have one of the best places to stay in Lech for families. This is another appetite friendly hotel, with a good restaurant serving five course menus.
- The Hotel Stulzis is great for families on a budget. Its's got three stars worth of exposed wood and whitewashed decor, and it's centrally located, just three minutes from the lifts and the centre of town. As well as a choice of rooms they have one apartment, which sleeps four.
Lech on a Budget
While it's got a reputation for attracting wealthy skiers, there are still affordable options in Lech. The bus between Lech and Zurs is free and there are also free buses to the St. Anton and Alpe Rauz areas.
- With rooms starting from £126 per night, the Hotel Staefeli is one of the best places to stay in Lech if you're watching your wallet. You're saving money on the location - which is just outside town - not the accommodation, which is four star. The decor is comfortable and elegant, and there's a wellness centre. There's also a kid's play room and an apartment which sleeps up to seven.
This was the favourite ski resort of Diana, Princess of Wales. And some of the seats in the cable car are heated.
- If you want to be pampered, Kristiania Lech, with its bath butlers, book butlers and ski valets is one of the best places to stay in Lech. You're right in the centre of town, and just five minutes from the slopes, yet the views from the terrace, are gorgeous and unsullied. Each of the 29 rooms has its own decor and personality, there's a fine dining restaurant specialising in Austria food, and they're also prepared to welcome your pets.
- The Almhof Schneider has a charming blend of contemporary luxury and traditional alpine chic, making it ideal if you're looking for a super high end skiing holiday. There's an excellent restaurant, wonderful oil paintings, a vast wine cellar and a very good spa. And room rates also include access to the spa and half board, so, while it's expensive, this is probably one of the best places to stay in Lech for foodies.
Lech out of season
Because of the excellent snowfall - the average is around 8 metres - plus good grooming and snowmaking facilities, Lech's ski season often lasts into April. But out of season this area makes for a spectacular backdrop for hiking.
- If you're looking for somewhere perfect in every season, one of the best places to stay in Lech is its traditional treasure, the Gasthof Post. It's been owned by the same family for the past 75 years, so they can advise on all the most scenic hikes. The outdoor pool is heated, so you can use it all year round, and it's filled with lovely wooden panelling, painted furniture and antiques.
Best Hotels in Lech
Pension Fortuna 14 rooms from $51Lech
A charming traditional property with gorgeous mountain views. Cosy wood panelled rooms with private balconies. Homely Austrian cuisine served in the restaurant. A sauna provides a space for some post-activity indulgence. Numerous activities to keep all entertained year-round. A lovely alpine spot.Skiing - Acess to an enormous resort with 94 ski lifts and cable cars in one ski-pass.Active Holiday - A plethora of activities to choose from with something to keep everyone busy.Value chic - Incredible value, especially in the summer monthsViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Haldenhof 23 rooms from $93Lech
A luxury hotel with an enviable position just a few minutes walk from the lifts. Chic rooms feature open fireplaces, pine clad walls, crisp white linen and private terraces. A cosy restaurant serves hearty regional cuisine. The spa will ease away any post-activity aches and pains. Alpine perfection.Active Holiday - Well located for accessing Alpine activities plus numerous facilities to help unwind post a day in the mountains.Skiing - Lech provides pistes for all abilities and the hotel is placed walking distance from two lifts.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Romantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Lechtaler Hof 18 rooms from $154Lech (Warth am Arlberg)
A charming 4 star hotel in the Warth-Schröcken Ski Area. The spacious Alpine rooms offer plush bedding and beautiful mountain views. With suites available and ski-to-door access it's a great choice for family ski trips. Make the most of the extensive spa facilities and the excellent restaurant.Total relaxation - The Alpen Spa includes a Finnish sauna, Roman and Turkish steam baths, an infrared cabin, and massage treatmentsFamilies - With suites available and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, it's a great choice for family tripsActive Holiday - Swim in the indoor pool, go skiing and hiking nearby or rent a bikeFishing - There is plenty of local fishing to take advantage of
Hotel Staefeli 14 rooms from $171Lech
A great Four Star hotel just outside Lech. Contemporary elegant rooms, suites and apartments with all the modern gadgetry and private balconies. Excellent wellness centre and restaurant. A very comfortable choice for all skiers.SkiingGroupsFamiliesActive Holiday
Hotel Stulzis 16 rooms from $258Lech
An excellent three star option for families or groups of friends on more of a budget. Traditional and charming with all the facilities necessary for a ski holiday. Wooden and white rooms and one apartment, lovely restaurant, and spa. Friendly and family-run.Skiing - 3 minutes from the lifts and village centre, right beside the Madloch ski slope.Hills & mountainsActive HolidayValue chic
Der Berghof 57 rooms from $263Lech
This family friendly chalet, with direct access to the slopes, is great for all ages. Spacious rooms are decorated in a country style with alpine accents and private balconies. A hearty, continental breakfast is served and dinner is available. There is a heated pool and spa to rest weary ski legs.Skiing - Located at the end of 'The White Ring' Lech has runs for all abilities.Great walks - In the summer months, as the snow melts away, Lech is a hiker's paradise.Kayaking - On lake Rufikopf makes for an energetic day out.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Gasthof Post 37 rooms from $286Lech
Traditional family run luxury hotel with plenty of wooden panelling, hunting trophies and antiques. Brand new "Badehaus" spa with outdoor heated panoramic pool & wide range of treatments, plus Michelin starred dining in the Post Stuben.SkiingSwimming Pool - Heated Outdoor Pool with Views and Indoor PoolGreat walks - Both winter and summer hiking from the door.SpaRecommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Sandhof 30 rooms from $286Lech
Traditional family-run chalet with rooms, suites and apartments. Cosy living areas with fireplaces, excellent restaurant serving 5 course menus, and spa. Rooms all in wood with big comfy beds. A great choice for families, groups, or couples on a skiing trip.Skiing - Very close to the pistes in the centre of the villageHills & mountainsActive HolidayViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Monzabon 29 rooms from $309Lech
A traditional hotel with its own ice rink, excellent restaurant, and extensive spa. Bedrooms and apartments (sleep 4) all in wood with big comfy beds, private balconies and authentic elements. A great choice for families and groups.Skiing - Located right next to the ski school meeting point, cable car and ski lifts.Hills & mountainsFoodiesActive Holiday
Hotel Fernsicht 17 rooms from $329Lech
A charming traditional lodge situated in a quiet spot on the edge of Lech. Comfortable contemporary rooms are simple in design and boast sink-in-to beds and large modern bathrooms. Classic Austrian dishes served in the cosy restaurant. A spoiling spa for après ski relaxation. Alpine perfection.Active Holiday - The Alps on your doorstep and an indulgent spa to ease away any aches and pains from the day's activities.Skiing - Situated just two minutes from the nearest lift. The resort offers pistes to suit all abilities.Views - Great views from hotel
BurgVital Resort 53 rooms from $355Lech (Oberlech 568)
Close to the centre of Lech with ski-to-door access this luxury hotel provides spacious and comfortable accommodation with fireplaces and private balconies. Wooden decor combined with contemporary furnishings creates an air of style. There's an award winning restaurant and a luxurious spa on-site.Spa breaks - Here the apres is as important as the ski! With indoor pool, steam room, Ayurvedic therapies there are plenty of ways to unwindFoodies - A Gault Millau awarded restaurant on-site serves International and Austrian cuisine, made from locally sourced ingredientsBack to Nature - Surrounded by lovely views of the mountains, this hotel is close to natureGreat walks - Discover 350 km of hiking paths and be enchanted by the majestic mountain scenery
Hotel & Gasthof Rotewand from $407Lech
Winter or summer Gasthof Rotewand in the chocolate box hamlet of Zug just outside Lech is an idyllic place to stay. Exteriors are traditional & rooms contemporary. Activities for all the family: skiing, cross country, sleigh rides and walking. Warm Austrian hospitality, good food, pool and spaRestaurant - Contemporary hotel restaurant plus a cosy and traditional A La Carte restaurant with speciality five course gourmet menuFamilies - Family orientated plenty of activites from tobogganing, sleigh ridges, nature walks and snowboardingSkiing - Ski in ski out - right next door to the Zugerberg chairlift.Great walks - Stunning situation in the mountains with superb walkingRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Goldener Berg 40 rooms from $444Lech
A charming lodge boasting 360° mountain views. Simple, traditionally inspired rooms feature crisp white linen, parquet flooring and pine furniture. A choice of three restaurants and a wine bar for evening entertainment. Plenty of organised activities for children. A great choice for families.Active Holiday - With the surrounding mountain views tempting you outdoors this is the ideal spot to get out into the great outdoors.Families - A team of staff to help babysit and entertain children so both you and your kids will have a great time.Skiing - Direct access to the Arlberg Ski Area.Fishing - Gorgeous tranquil spots for fly fishing during the summer.
Kristiania Lech 29 rooms from $486Lech
Understated luxury in a "Heidi meets Calvin Klein" sort of way. Great location in the heart of Lech, just minutes from the slopes. Extra touches include ski valets and bath butlers. Excellent Austrian cuisine accompanied by a vast wine cellar.Skiing - Just five minutes from the slopes of LechViews - Wonderful views over Lech and the AlpsRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Arlberg 52 rooms from $535Lech
Five Star chalet luxury in central Lech. Seamless tradition with authentic Alpine motifs - antlers, bear skins, fireplaces, wooden beamed ceilings. Contemporary bedrooms and suites with private balconies, fur throws, leather armchairs and paintings. Excellent restaurant and spa. Mountain luxury.Skiing - Ski in, ski out locationViews - Great views from hotelHills & mountainsActive Holiday
Almhof Schneider 53 rooms from $708Lech
A luxury chalet in central Lech at the foot of the slopes. Designer chic bedrooms and suites retain traditional elements - antler lamps, faux fireplaces, oil paintings. Fantastic restaurant and wine cellar, excellent spa, and access to all the best sports facilities. A high-end skiing holiday.Skiing - Ski in, ski out locationHills & mountainsActive HolidayFoodies
Hotel Aurelio 19 rooms from $2377Lech
A super-luxury chalet and spa located right on the slopes. Well proportioned contemporary rooms with floor to ceiling windows opening onto epic mountain views. The bathrooms are something of ones dreams. A world-class spa to ease all those aches and pains and exemplary Austrian cuisine.Spa breaks - A stunning spa featuring saunas, salt steam rooms, herbal baths, cooling down experiences, a snow atrium and a vitality bar.Active Holiday - With the Alps on your doorstep there's a veritable plethora of activities to partake in.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Kiwi Collection