Austria is famed for its vast alpine skiing, you know “The Alps”. Beautiful mountain villages with snow-laden wooden chalets for lodging and lively après ski awaiting your return after vast alpine exploring. Here are a few of the top ski hotels in the Austrian Alps, four and five star places to stay located right on the slopes. Why you must ski Austria….
St Anton’s Valluga Hotel is four star, in the famous ski village of St Anton, the heart of Austria’s largest ski resort – The Arlberg. Valluga is close to town, stylish and full-service, with a complimentary guest shuttle to the ski lifts, a Spa, half-board with full breakfast buffet and four-course dinner. Our modern alpine suite had a balcony offering mountain views, and a spacious en suite bath. With inviting social spaces, a cozy cocktail lounge and living room with games and billiards, you can really relax at Valluga. or you can to St Anton’s shops and popular après ski. Valluga Hotel is Scandinavian, with just enough luxury, and I love the ski room lockers (hint). See our St Anton review and Top chalets for dining and après ski in The Arlberg.
Hotel Bergkristall Oberlech is lofty luxury on Austria’s ski slopes, 1,600 meters (over 5,000′) in the charming car-free village of Oberlech in the Arlberg ski region. Bergkristall’s elegant four-star hotel is operated beautifully by 9th generation Corinthian innkeepers. Arrive by Lech’s Cable car and enjoy true ski in-ski out and a relaxing mountain holiday. Bergkristall’s dining room, sun terrace and chic bar are popular with skiers, and the cuisine is legendary in this valley – known for the freshest fish in the Arlberg.
In Stuben, the heart of Austria’s Arlberg skiing, Fuxbau and the Arlberg Lodges are lovely modern alpine – with guest rooms in the village, or spacious condo units up on the hillside with sensational views. A Wellness Spa with sauna and steam room, ski room with boot dryers, and a hearty breakfast are among the amenities for all the guests. Fuxbau also happens to be one of the best restaurants in The Arlberg. Stuben is delightfully small and charming versus larger more cosmopolitan ski villages of St Anton and Lech, which you can easily reach via The Arlberg’s 88 lifts and 305 kilometer trail network.
Schlosshotel in Fiss is five-star elegance in Austria’s Alps. This grand slope side “castle” in the vast family-friendly ski resort of Serfaus Fiss Ladis is akin to a luxury cruise ship – a ski in ski out alpine version. Schlosshotel is elegantly decorated, with an immensely posh spa of indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs. Evenings, relax in the elegant bar and lounge, dine in the stately gourmet dining room at your reserved table, then sleep under a fluffy duvet in your suite with a balcony.
Kitzbuhel’s Hotel Rasmushof is The place to stay in Kitzbühel, at the base of the slopes right next to the Hahnenkamm finish line. This stunning chalet is steps to the lifts, Kitzbühel’s historic village, the best après ski and shopping. The Raisch family of innkeeper includes the great granddaughter of the first man to ski Kitzbüheler Horn in 1893. The ski hotel is lovely, with a spa, beautiful bar and dining room with views of the slopes, a ski room, and suites with traditional chalet balconies. See our Kitzbühel ski review and Kitzbühel ski photos.
Der Berghof in Lech is in the romantic ritzy ski village of Lech. This beautiful 4-star Lech hotel offers guest traditional alpine furnishings throughout the warm inviting lounge and lobby bar, fine dining for dinner and breakfast buffet in an elegant Dining room, plus a full service Bergquell Spa downstairs. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated, with modern baths, WiFi, media ports, TV, many offer balconies with slope views. Der Berghof has a ski room steps from an elevator to the gondola that reaches Lech’s amazing ski terrain connecting to Austria’s largest ski resort – The Arlberg with 88 lifts.
Ischgl in Austria’s Paznaun region is known for its modern ski lifts, lively après ski and numerous posh five-star hotels in the lively ski village. Hotel Post, Fliana, Silvretta and Schlosshotel have great in-town locations, close to Ischgl’s ski lifts, accessed by elevators and moving walkways, and steps to Ischgl’s legendary après ski bars, top restaurants and chic ski shops.
Where to stay when you learn how to say Obergurgl… Hotel The Crystal Obergurgl is the best hotel in Obergurgl, a fantastic ski resort near Solden Austria. This 4-star slopeside modern hotel features modern mountain- view rooms with balconies – especially in the newer East Wing. Also slope side is the expansive Crystal Spa with indoor and outdoor pool, adult nude Sauna, steam room, fitness facilities, and a full Beauty Spa. The Hotel Crystal has a beautiful Crystal Bar for après ski and evening cocktails, and an elegant dining room serving multi-course dinner and breakfast buffet. A ski shop with equipment rental, boot dryer and ski storage is just steps from the Fetskoglbahn lift and the fun ski slopes of Obergurgl Hochgurgl.
Where to stay après ski in Solden? Hotel Bergland is the best hotel in Solden’s ski village. This 4-star lifestyle hotel greets guest with a lobby waterfall that changes color. Everything in the modern hotel, built in 2010, is tasteful and posh. Designer rooms offer views of town from floor to ceiling windows. The Berlgand’s rooftop Sky Spa with outdoor Jacuzzi, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness equipment, and Spa treatments is the perfect end to your Solden ski day. The elegant dining room serves local dishes a la carte and a bountiful breakfast buffet. The ski and boot storage plus full service ski shop is downstairs, right next to the Zentrum Shuttle lift to Solden ski slopes. See our Solden ski review and photos.
Hotel Innsbruck – If you like urban skiing, a city atmosphere for après ski, with Innsbruck’s nine ski resorts easily reached in a half hour drive, part of the Olympic Ski World pass, the Hotel Innsbruck is ideal. With a ski room, parking elevator, rooftop spa, and a choice location on the Inns River (hence Inns-bruck’s name) with mountain views of Nordkette’s ski slopes, you can walk to their ski slope or the free ski bus to Stubaier Glacier, Kühtai, Axamer Lizum, Patscherkofel. From Hotel Innsbruck, you are steps to Innsbruck’s old village, shopping at Swarovski and Bogner, historic sites, the great 360-bar, and classic Austrian dining from this top ski hotel in the heart of Innsbruck.
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