This was my first skiing holiday and I viewed it with some trepidation as I am not the most athletic person and dislike the cold. However, my partner has had two new knees in the last 18 months and was keen to try them out by resuming his excellent skiing skills on the slopes.
He has stayed at the Lux Alpinae hotel before so we received a very warm welcome from the very start. We arrived by train from Innsbruck and phoned the Hotel when we arrived in St Anton and they sent a mini bus to pick us up and take us to the Lux Alpinae, which arrived after only 5 minutes. The Hotel offer a transfer service and the mini bus driver, Elias, seemed to be available at a minute's notice. It was like having our own private chauffeur our whole stay!
The hotel owners, Alexander and Sabine, greeted us warmly like old friends ( even though my partner had stayed there before, I had not but they made me feel incredibly welcome).
Our room was wonderful and the windows are floor to ceiling across the whole width of the room so we had the most amazing view of the Rendl. The bathroom also is all glass, however there are slatted blinds so you have the choice whether to sit it the bath and admire the view, or not! There is under floor heating in all of the rooms so we were never cold.
We went to hire our skis for the following day, that afternoon and hired them from Jennewein near the bus station. The staff there were absolute excellent and they measured my feet ( just like Clarks for kiddies shoes!) and checked my height and weight to ensure that my boots and skis were a perfect fit. I also hired a helmet too as sometimes winter sports holiday insurance does not cover you if you do not wear one.
We then rang the hotel and Elias and mini bus duly came back and picked us up and returned us to the hotel.
The hotel bar is manned by an Australian named John who can mix any cocktail you can dream up and is very friendly as indeed are all of the restaurant staff. The food in the Hotel is most definitely 5 star and I couldn't fault it once. Dinner is a 6 course affair with a 3 course starter including soup and salad, then a choice of 3 main dishes, then a choice of 2 desserts and finally a cheese board, if you can manage it! The chef, Andi,could most definately give any of our celebrity chefs a run for their money!
Breakfast is a buffet affair but eggs and bacon are cooked to order. Once again the staff could not have been more attentive.
As it was my first time skiing, I opted for private lessons with another friend and this was most definately the right way forward as we had an excellent teacher,Franz, who was patience personified. From dreading the whole experience, I absolutely loved it. We only had 3 hour lessons each day which was slightly shorter than the 4 and half hour lessons we would have had if we had joined a larger group, but we had much more attention so progressed quite quickly.
The hotel has a spa which consists of an exercise room, sauna, steam room and outside jacuzzi which normally opens from 4 pm - 8 pm but after our first exhausting day skiing they quite happily opened it at 3pm for us.
St Anton's shops are incredibly expensive so do make sure you don't need to buy any skiing gear there, however the restaurants and bars did not seem to pricey. The restaurants at the top of the Rendl were quite reasonable although it was 5 euros for a hot chocolate if you had a drink from the outside bar.
Having said this, I cannot fault our break or the Lux Alpinae and definitely will be returning next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A holiday in St. Anton without the deer antlers. With a gigantic Alpine backdrop and one of the most famous skiing areas in the world outside. With urban flair and unintrusive hospitality indoors. With extraordinary architecture and the kind of food you’d get at a cool, hip restaurant. Glass, steel, fairfaced concrete. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lux Alpinae Hotel
- Hotel Lux Alpinae Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg