The 5-star Superior Hotel Almhof Schneider is quietly positioned in Lech but still close enough to walk to the centre and the skilifts or to ski from the front door. Owned by the Schneider family since the 15thcentury and run as a hotel since 1929 the Almhof is a true Arlberg original. A really stunning hotel built in traditional Vorarlberg chalet style with an interior that pays homage to its heritage, whilst at the same time celebrating a more modern interpretation of the use of natural materials from the region and of straight forward functional alpine design, well executed. From a traditional mountain farmhouse of genuine villager to a cosmopolite meeting point amidst the Arlberg massif. The family business runs the former small hotel now in the fourth generation since 1929 and with her the hotel has grown as well. Everything, which contributes to the special atmosphere of this place, is traditionally for the region, ranging from the antique alpine wardrobe to the management, the love of the owners to their house can be felt everytime.
Alpine fir panelling, limestone and walnut are just some of these materials, crafted into exquisite form with excellent workmanship. This clever use of timber and stone, set with well chosen antique furniture, smart warm fabrics and open fire places, creates a calm elegance and a comfortable ambiance that make the Almhof so special. The hotel offers a relaxed and warm atmosphere, with a great restaurant, après ski bar and some of the finest hospitality in the Alps.
Just 18 rooms and 35 suites represent the accommodation at the Almhof. All spacious and individually furnished and finished following the design ethos of the hotel. Some with balcony, all ensuite with Wi-fi, flatscreen TV and multimedia. All rooms are equipped with love to the detail and a great variety of natural materials such as wooden furniture and stone-made accessories. Most of the rooms and suites have all been recently renovated offering the discerning skier the very best of Alpine refinement.
Excellent fresh cuisine and stunning contemporary SPA facilities complete this stylish and comfortable accommodation offering in the heart of the Arlberg ski area. An American bar, two restaurants, the Wunderkammer and the Restaurant im Almhof Schneider, make for a pleasant evening’s exploration of all that is fresh and good about contemporary alpine and Austrian cuisine. From a stunning contemporary indoor pool to the steam bath or one of its saunas, the SPA at the Almhof leaves little to be desired. A relaxation room, fully equipped gym, treatment rooms with two resident massage therapists complete the offering.
The Almhof surprises. Viewed first from the outside, every Guest thinks he is going to get a traditional very comfortable Vorarlberg hotel. Lech is located 1450 meters above the sea level. A small village on a plateau amidst the Arlberg massif, surrounded by the mountain peaks and the village has remained small and exquisite, despite its worldwide fame. A typical ancient mountain village which, having endured alpine hardships over centuries, has developed into one of the most desirable yet exclusive destinations for wintersports. The hotel Almhof Schneider is situated in a convenient position, somewhat off the main road and at the foot of the Schlegelkopf mountain. Here each Guest can enjoy the vacation in peace, without a car, walking into the centre, putting on their skis outside the front door, enjoying the cross country track, walks, the skating rink and the toboggan run. Everything is within close range. Children can explore the area themselves and then parents can spend a carefree holiday without the concern of them coming to any harm.
Rooms & Suites
In the 18 rooms and 35 suites each Guest is bathed in a sense of comfort and will experience a quality of living enhanced by the the timber and stones of the region and the simple and functional forms of alpine architecture. Panelling of alpine fir, oiled walnut, Salzburg limestone, open fire places, antique alpine furniture and handmade beds: designed with a great passion for detail and crafted by a handful of companies who have been working with them for years. The love of detail and the subtle variety is apparent everywhere. It is a blend of traditional and contemporary styles but always with the emphasis on the perfection of workmanship and the use of genuine and superior traditional materials.
In contrast to ice and snow you can indulge in special winter treats of the steam bath, a visit to one of the saunas, swim in the indoor pool and stretch out in the relaxation room or in the solarium. There is a fully equipped gymnasium, two resident masseur and several personal trainers on demand.
Cinema & Puppet Theatre
The Cinema and Puppet theatre is not only being used by the little ones because the creative team enjoy to show their professional work to everyone just to foster in spectator the sense of beauty.
Children are essential to the hotel. Many of them have been coming to the Almhof since their childhood. They go skiing together or tobogganing and explore the snow by themselves. Or they amuse themselves in the playroom and the home cinema where they are professionally looked after so that their parents can enjoy their holiday, too.
Meeting and Conference
The architect Katia Polletin has converted an old barn into a novel institution called “Allmeinde -Common Grounds”. Learning, art, architecture and debate have been given a venue in the village. Avant-garde architecture is discussed with alpine building traditions. Artists, theorists and authors are invited to spend time in this multicultural centre in order to study in depth the past, present and contribute to the future of the alpine culture. The Allmeinde is a place of contemplation, for meetings and events which can cater for up to 50 people and is equipped with state of the art conference and light technology.
A very rare and huge exclusive garden enhance this historical property located in Lech Am Arlberg in one of the most elegant area in town.
It is a ski lodge, a return to the roots of alpine building tradition. Located close to where you take the ski lift to the pistes in the morning and to where you arrive after a day of skiing, you can warm and refresh yourself or socialise “apres-ski”. In the evenings the Schneggarei is a free and the Restaurant and Bar serving refined country style food and pizzas baked in a wood fired oven.
“Nominee as Austria’s Best Ski Hotel 2014” – awarded by World Ski Awards
“1 Toque” – for the restaurant awarded by Gault&Millau
“Winner Goldene Kafeebohne 2014” – awarded by Falstaff TripAdvisor
The history of Almhof Schneider:
For many the Almhof Schneider is more than just a hotel. For centuries the Almhof has been a modest mountain farm house in the remote valley of the Lech river. The story of their family in Lech goes back to the year 1451 and the earliest days of there being a settlement. Spanning four generations, since 1929 they have accommodated Guests from all over the world who are made to feel at home and have become regular visitors returning year after year. Whilst the hotel has grown and embraced a discreet luxury one still feels that it is a family business where the sense of being a personal friend of the family is very much alive.
When to go:
The Arlberg Region is not only great for winter sports it also offers great activities in the other 3 seasons. Top of the list: skiing of course. This combines the slopes of Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Anton, St. Christoph, Oberlech, Warth, Schröcken, Pettneu and Klösterle/Sonnenkopf into one of the world’s most diverse ski regions and one where snow is virtually guaranteed, by the way. In January, a number of skiers attempts the world’s longest distance ski race, The White Ring, charging up 5.500 mt of ascent and down 22 km of slopes. In Spring, as the thick blanket of snow slowly begins to melt, days get longer and several offers, festivals and sports events come on the scene to mark the end of winter. In Summer the pristine nature will be your personal training ground, right at your doorstep. A visit in summer also means more traditional festivities and sports events with modern film, music and art festivals all around the region. From end of September to November, higher regions of the Alps are preparing for winter. Days shorten, temperatures drop and the cattle return from the Alpine meadows before the snow falls. For the Arlberg villages this means some much-needed calm. This quieter season is also an excellent time for hiking.
Restaurant im Almhof Schneider
The cuisine of Restaurant im Almhof Schneider follow different concepts, meet different expectations, but insist on the charm of simplicity and the quality of the primary product. Its focus is on the thoughtful care of the guest and serving a refined, contemporary alpine and Austrian cuisine. Both kitchen and cellar trust selected producers, assemble the best possible ingredients that can be found in the region. Refined cuisine with old-Austrian roots, in the restaurant one can be spoilt by the culinary delights. Genuine hospitality, alpine atmosphere and service at the highest level, all guests enjoy the Restaurant im Almhof Schneider.
Clear commitment to the good old kitchen: Sunday roast, schnitzel and boiled beef on Almhof level in venerable wooden rooms and with appropriate selection of fine wines. Its focus is on the thoughtful care of the guest and serving a refined, contemporary alpine and Austrian cuisine. Both kitchen and cellar trust selected producers, assemble the best possible ingredients that can be found in the region.
The Almhof Schneider boasts an American Bar to suit each mood. It offers a range of premium Champagnes and a selection of exceptional wines. The American Bar offers you space to sit and relax with friends where to enjoy fantastic views, excellent cocktails, tasty snacks and much more.
The “Klösterle” is located in one of the most beautiful ancient farmhouses which has become a legend in the area. Managed by Mrs. Lore Schneider, this first class restaurant serves only 35 guest and has a limited but exquisite menu offering local homemade delicacies. It is a popular destination arrived at after a romantic horse sleigh ride or after a picturesque walk through the snow covered woods along the winding river that runs through Lech.
Winter vacation at the Almhof Schneider means to enjoy the mountain world, covered in deep snow, magnificent downhill skiing or hiking through pristine snow landscapes, fascinating pistes, cross country skiing tours, ice skating, curling, sleighing and snow shoeing are only a few of the many attractions. Around Lech and Zürs non skiers can enjoy 40 km of prepared winter hiking trails. While summer holidays at the Almhof Schneider is to discover the special attraction of Lech. There are no limits to sports and cultural activities. Enjoy a ride on mountain bike or improve the swing on the 18 hole golf course of Braz in the vicinity.
Skiing – The world renowned Arlberg, “the Cradle of Skiing”, with 97 lifts, 340 km of prepared pistes and 200 km deep snow off-piste slopes is located on the doorstep of Almhof Schneider. Lech Zürs is known around the globe as a deep powder snow Dorado and the Snowpark Lech is the perfect alternative in this freeride paradise. On an area of 3.6 hectares 20 obstacles subdivided into an easy, medium and pro line offer a lot of fun and diversity.
Hiking – It means discovering nature as a curing source of relaxation and calm away from any rush. The stunning mountain world around Lech is a large hiking paradise with more than 350 km of marked trails. Autumn is the ideal season for very special mountain experiences. Shadows are getting longer and the summer heat is replaced by clear air with an exceptional visibility. This is the high season for hiking and tours. Enjoy the beginning colours of the Alpine flora moving towards the summer. It is possible to discover exotic orchids, stony fossils, start on a journey back in time, get to know the healing strengths of Alpine herbs or follow the Lech river back to its source. The well thought through infrastructure with cable ways, chairlifts and the excursion bus does not leave any wishes unfulfilled. Anyone can easily reach the starting points and come back home to the Almhof Schneider from many locations without a car.
Outdoor Sports – With ten newly designed jogging and Nordic walking trails with different degrees of difficulty Lech Zürs offers everything that makes a runner’s heart beat more rapidly. A proprietary guiding system shows you the healthy way. In and around the sport.park.lech there are many additional possibilities for sports, playing, excitement. As gym, tennis, soccer and so on.
Kids Leisure – Under the motto “Kids Active” Lech offers a diverse, exciting summer programme with whole-day care by trained hosts. During winter the Kids Club Lech-Zürs-Oberlech takes care of kids and their skiing skills in different performance and age categories.
Enjoy deep alpine powder snow in the Eldorado for freeriding. You can live the dream of freeriding in Lech Zurs am Arlberg. Glistening powder snow, endless deep snow runs, blue sky and the feeling of freedom. When you are first to make tracks in the pristine deep snow, a look behind at the fresh tracks in the snow fills you with contentment and you want to keep on coming back or, even better, to stay right there in the Almhof Schneider Hotel. It 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 in Lech am Arlberg.
In the snow-online.de ski resorts checklist 2008/2009, Lech Zurs am Arlberg took first place in the “Best Freeride Opportunities” category. 200 kilometeres of deep Alpine powder snow runs speak fro themselves – guaranteed snow until the end of April and the offer of heli-skiing won over the testers. But that’s not surprising, because at a height of 1.720 mt Zurs is the Mecca for off-piste Alpine skiing. Accompanied by the best trained ski guides and with the right equipment, you can experience short ascents and long downhill runs in a unique way. These perfect conditions for freeriding produced their local world-famous freeriding professional Lorraine Huber. Since 2012, she has been an official partner of Lech Zurs am Arlberg and can often be found here in her home resort, the Eldorado of freeriding. […]
Welcome to the winter wonderland! World-famous hospitality, tradition and sophisticated tranquillity have been attracting winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world for at least a century to this Eldorado of winter sport. Ski Area Lech/Zürs lies between 1.450 and 2.450 metres above sea level and is one of the distinguished circle of 12 locations dubbed “Best of the Alps”. But it’s not only those with sporting ambitions who get their money’s worth in this heavenly winter landscape, because there is also something on hand for walkers, gourmets and culture lovers in the winter season. The Arlberg is not a mountain but rather a pass which connects the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Winter sports enthusiasts require only a single lift pass for the entire region.
The Arlberg Card gives its holders access to a snowy paradise with 85 mountain railways and lifts, 276 km of ski-runs and 180 km of deep powder runs. Heated lift chairs add a luxurious touch to the cold wintery days. Free ski buses shuttle guests between the individual resorts. Sun terraces invites you to enjoy a spot of après-ski and indulge in a variety of other activities such as ice skating, curling, ice-carting, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, winter hiking and sleigh rides, all of which are guaranteed to make the winter holiday an experience for the whole family.
There is also some incredibly glamorous shopping possible in this area. Lech am Arlberg has a moderate array of 30 or so shops, with a smaller choice in nearby Zug and Zürs. The resort is a favourite with royalty. Diana, the Princess of Wales brought William and Harry here to learn to ski. And King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the King of Jordan are also regulars. […]