It's hard to write a short and concise review of this hotel because what makes it the best are all the little and large details.
But first, read my review on SKI ARLBERG (under Arlberg attractions) and you will get the impression of what this hotel is like.
What makes this hotel the best in Lech (and probably in the entire Arlberg region) is the combination of all the following - and probably some things I take for granted and/or have forgotten:
LOCATION: right in the centre of the perfect little ski village, on the river. Literally ski-in, ski-out (if there is adequate snow) and very close to the lifts. Good south exposure. This location could not be better.
ROOMS: immaculate classical Austrian alpine decor with just the right touch of modernity and sophistication. Bathrooms in the better rooms are absolutely heavenly and wonderfully functional. Outstanding housekeeping (thanks Rosie).
FOOD: simply heavenly ! With 4 dining areas, there is something for everyone and the quality of the food is superb. The wine list is extensive and if you want a real treat, ask to see the super wine cellar. The set 6-course dinners in the main dining room are different nightly, delicious and beautifully presented. La Fenice is the gourmet Italien restaurant and is highly rated. The Stube is a fantastic fondue experience, the likes of which is hard to find anywhere and the host, Willi, is a master (ask for the special apricot-plum schnapps at the end of your meal). The Terrace is incomparable on a sunny warm day and serves wonderful daytime fare. And more-than-hearty breakfasts are just the perfect way to start a ski day, whether one takes them in the dining room or room service.
FACILITIES: extensive ! The Senses Spa is world class. The fitness room is small but excellent. The indoor pool is quite a good size and the perfect temperature. Indoor parking (free) is a major bonus and one which few if any other hotels have - with valet service if you wish. The outdoor hot-tub is a boon to apres-ski soreness. A children's playroom and supervised program is available. The Bar is cozy with the best barman in the country (if not the world), Wolfgang. The ski room is perfect. An on-site small shop has wonderful clothing and merchandise of a unique nature.
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF: this is the key. The Schneider family has been running this place for over 50 years and it just keeps getting better and better. They do not rest on their laurels. They are extremely hands-on and omnipresent. They are the consumate innkeepers in every way. They treat guests like family. Hannes and Christiane will go the extra mile to satisfy a guest's wishes. And the staff are dedicated and loyal professionals who exemplify their leaders' qualities; everyone, from the porters (these guys are terrific) to the dining room staff to the chambermaids to the front desk staff (special thanks to Michael) are polite, warm. friendly and take their jobs very seriously. Service is the credo here and one really feels it.
It is hard to find faults in this hotel. Some will complain about small or petty things such as the smoking in the Bar - but a rigid nonsmoking policy is enforced in all other public areas and in the rooms.
If you are a first time visitor, know that this is NOT a Hilton, but rather exquisite jewel of an Austrian alpine boutique hotel which caters to skiers and nonskiers alike.
Although we have never been there in the summer, it sounds and looks like a perfect mountain retreat for those who enjoy summer alpine activities.
Finally, as I always say, you get what you pay for and compared to other exclusive luxury hotels in the world, the Hotel Arlberg offers a huge bang for your buck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family run Hotel Arlberg is located in the heart of Lech and lets you feel like coming home immediately. The warmth and friendliness of both, the host family Schneider and their staff is unsurpassed, not to mention the first class service. During summer you can enjoy the spacious sun terrace, the outdoor pool with amazing views around Lech as well as our local mountain - the Omeshorn. In winter all cable cars are within walking distance, so one can explore the world famous ski resort easily. With the senses spa you will find an exclusive spa area that will fulfill your highest expectations. Let yourself be spoiled culinarily in our dining room, at the traditional Stube or at the a la carte restaurant La Fenice. We are looking forward to welcoming you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arlberg Hotel Lech