Almhof Schneider

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The Hotel Almhof Schneider is one of the rare family owned and run 5*****S winter sport hotels in the world. Spanning four generations, it has been in the family since 1451 and run as a hotel since 1929. From a traditional mountain farmhouse of genuine villager to a cosmopolite meeting point amidst the Arlberg massif. The Almhof Schneider has 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 embraces a discreet luxury, one still feels that it is a family business where the sense of being a friend of the family is very much alive.

A really stunning hotel 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.

The resorts convenient position in the village, slightly off the main road and at the foot of the beautiful Schlegelkopf Mountain, allows guests to spend their vacation in peace, meander into the center, put their skis outside the front door enjoying the cross country track, walks, the skating rink and the toboggan run. Everything is within close range.

Alpine fir paneling, 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 love of the owners to their house can be felt every time.

The hotel offers two awarded restaurants, the opulent “Wunderkammer” for a more private experience, and the casual yet elegant “Restaurant im Almhof Schneider” meet different expectations. Both insist on the charm of Alpine simplicity, impeccable and attentive service, and dining fine enough to attract discerning locals alongside hotel guests, again and again. Also at Almhof’s new daily bar and smoker’s lounge with antique billiard table some of the finest hospitality in the Alps can be experienced.

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.

With its brand new Spa the Almhof Schneider now lives up to the highest expectation of its loyal international crowd. Deeply based in tradition the inspiration for the concept of the new Spa is more drawn from antiquity and its wealth of knowledge and experience in bathing than from trends of recent decades. After bathing, unwind in the relaxation room or fireplace salon, where you can curl up on a pillowy couch as crackling flames emit enveloping warmth. In addition to the classic bathing facilities, our spa is now equipped with a fitness room and a room for Yoga, Pilates, Antara, TRX, and much more. In the cosmetic room, enjoy the Biologique Recherche methodology’s facial methods and detoxifying body care treatments, as well as goodies from Nectarome and Royal Fern. Treatment rooms with two resident massage therapists complete the offering. Throughout the spa, Aesop products are used beginning with Austria’s first Aesop kiosk at its entrance. The new SPA leaves little to be desired.

Even at the Almhof Schneider, younger guests might not want to ski every day. For them, Almhof offers a few well-appointed diversions that, sigh of relief, come with adult supervision.

For younger children, a spacious playroom is packed with dress-up clothes, games, and other activities and keeps the most curious kids happy, busy, and always attended to. Teenagers can hang out in a vast, somewhat hidden space, this clubroom is kitted out with wall-to-wall Persian rugs, huge pouf seats, and a Playstation room. And at the end of a day on the slopes or enjoying Lech, children don’t have to be bored by their parents’ long dinners; Almhof offers a children’s table in the library where kids can meet each other, eat at their own pace, and just be kids.

Location

Winter vacation at the Almhof Schneider in Lech 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. The Arlberg is one of the world’s top ski resorts with 305 km of slopes, 200 km of variations, and 87 modern lifts in Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Now, it’s also Austria’s largest interconnected ski area and the fifth largest ski area in the world. Around Lech and Zürs non skiers can enjoy 40 km of prepared winter hiking trails. 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.

Contacts

Tannberg 59
6764 Lech am Arlberg, (Austria)
info@almhof.at | almhof.at

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The new Almhof Spa

After many years, the eagerly-awaited Almhof Spa is finally finished! In 2016 the Almhof was turned upside down to make way for a generous, light-flooded, and spacious zone for treatments, exercise, and utter relaxation.

With its brand new Spa the Almhof Schneider now lives up to the highest expectation of its loyal international crowd. Deeply based in tradition the inspiration for the concept of the new Spa is more drawn from antiquity and its wealth of knowledge and experience in bathing than from trends of recent decades. They’ve replaced the ancient hypocausts with modern, precisely controlled radiant heating in the walls and floors. But they only apply modern technology to achieve the qualities of the ancient baths. For the full bathing experience, take advantage of the temperature and humidity and proceed through the rooms in the recommended order. In the materials, they have remained true to the existing swimming pool, choosing bush-hammered and sanded Austrian limestone. This textural, soothing material was used surfaces exposed to water, while those expected to remain dry—floors, ceilings, and walls—are made of oak. After bathing, unwind in the relaxation room or fireplace salon, where you can curl up on a pillowy couch as crackling flames emit enveloping warmth.

In addition to the classic bathing facilities, this spa is now equipped with a fitness room and a room for Yoga, Pilates, Antara, TRX, and much more. In the cosmetic room, enjoy the Biologique Recherche methodology’s facial methods and detoxifying body care treatments, as well as goodies from Nectarome and Royal Fern. Treatment rooms with two resident massage therapists complete the offering. Throughout the spa, Aesop products are used beginning with Austria’s first Aesop kiosk at its entrance. The new SPA leaves little to be desired.

Value for Money

Double rooms from Euro 770,00 in low seasons; and from Euro 1.270,00 in high. Mentioned rates are per room and day including half board (breakfast and dinner), VAT, local taxes, roomservice, free Wi-Fi, Children’s care and the use of the hotel’s spa.

Family-friendly?

Even at the Almhof Schneider, younger guests might not want to ski every day. For them, Almhof offers a few well-appointed diversions that, sigh of relief, come with adult supervision. For younger children, a spacious playroom is packed with dress-up clothes, games, and other activities and keeps the most curious kids happy, busy, and always attended to. Also the on-site cinema is an attractive place for hanging out and watching a movie together with other kids. Teenagers can hang out in a vast, somewhat hidden space situated near the bridge between hotel and garage, this clubroom is kitted out with wall-to-wall Persian rugs, huge pouf seats, and a Playstation room. And at the end of a day on the slopes or enjoying Lech, children don’t have to be bored by their parents’ long dinners; Almhof offers a children’s table in the library where kids can meet each other, eat at their own pace, and just be kids.

Its own history

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. Almhof’s history of hospitality began with its first guests in 1929, Gerold’s great-grandfather Wilhelm and grandfather Leopold transformed part of the farmhouse into guestrooms. The atmosphere was more rustic and athletic back then, and remained so for several decades. Spanning four generations, 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.

Gerold and Katia are now Almhof’s primary hosts. Back in the mid-1990s, they first recognized the need to make another generational shift and meld an international contemporary approach with the hotel’s long Alpine tradition. Gerold spent his childhood here and later studied philosophy in Vienna; Katia is an architect and former child actress. Both had big ideas of how to set the stage for the family property’s future.

Awards

Gault Millau:

Josef Neulinger “Sommelier des Jahres 2018“ – Check it out the Award

Fallstaff:

2017 – Auszeichnung in der neuen Kategorie: “Bestes Hotelrestaurant” – Check it out the Award
2013 – Auszeichnung “Goldene Kaffeebohne” – Check it out the Award

World Luxury Hotel Awards:

2017 – Auszeichnung “World Luxury Hotel Award Winner 2017” – Check it out the Award
2016 – Auszeichnung zum „Luxury Mountain Resort 2016“

Connoisseur Circle:

2016 – “Hotel des Monats November” – Check it out the Award
2016 – Die besten 222 Hotels Österreichs – “2. Platz in der Kategorie Winterhotels” – Check it out the Award

Golden Panther Award:

2017 – Auszeichnung zur “Hotel/Spa National – Ikone des Jahres” – Check it out the Award

Gourmet Guide

Falstaff:

2017 – 96/100 Punkte Restaurant im Almhof Schneider – Check it out the mention
2017 –  95/100 Punkte Wunderkammer im Almhof Schneider – Check it out the mention

A la Carte:

2018 – 94/100 Punkte Restaurant im Almhof Schneider – Check it out the mention
2018 – 86/100 Punkte Restaurant Wunderkammer – Check it out the mention
2017 – 94/100 Punkte Restaurant im Almhof Schneider
2017 – 85/100 Punkte Restaurant Wunderkammer

The World of fine Wine:

2017 – 2/3 Sternen für die Weinkarte – Check it out the mention
2016 – 3/3 Sternen für die Weinkarte – eine von nur drei in Österreich – Check it out the mention
2015 – 3/3 Sternen für die Weinkarte – eine von nur drei in Österreich – Check it out the mention

Gault Millau:

2018 – 15/20 Punkte Restaurant im Almhof Schneider – Check it out the mention
2018 – 13/20 Punkte Wunderkammer im Almhof Schneider – Check it out the mention
2017 – 15/20 Punkte Restaurant im Almhof Schneider
2017 14/20 Punkte Wunderkammer im Almhof Schneider

When to go?

The Arlberg Region is great for winter sports. Top of the list: skiing of course. The Arlberg is one of the world’s top ski resorts with 305 km of slopes, 200 km of variations, and 87 modern lifts in Tyrol and Vorarlberg. Now, it’s also Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, and the fifth largest ski area in the world. From the cradle of Alpine skiing, the Arlberg grew into one of the world’s top ski resorts and winter holiday destinations for European royalty. This is due to the fact that from day one, Arlberg has lost none of its aura for skiers. Just like then, it stands for the passion for skiing, perfectly prepared and challenging slopes, legendary off-piste areas, a breathtaking mountain panorama, and exceptional hospitality hardly matched in Austria or beyond. 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, sunbathing terraces, festivals and sports events come on the scene to mark the end of winter.

Our Special Readings

A winter wonderland called Lech/Zürs

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.

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The Eldorado for freeriding

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.

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Special City Guide: Lech Am Arlberg

Founded in the 14th century by émigrés from the Valais district of Switzerland, Lech am Arlberg still has its original Pfarrkirche (parish church) from that era. This archetype of a snug alpine ski village is practically joined to Oberlech, a satellite resort a little farther up the mountain. Lech stands at 1,440m; Oberlech is at 1,710m. Zürs is more fashionable, but Lech has its own claim to fame: It played host to Prince Charles and his future wife, Princess Diana. Despite its reputation as a ski resort, Lech offers some great warm-weather activities, too. In summer, visitors come here to tour the Upper Lech Valley, which stretches for 56km to a scenic valley between the Lechtal and the Allgäu Alps.

Set in the upper regions of the Arlberg Pass, Lech has no railway connections. Visitors are best advised to take the train to the rail stations at either end of the Arlberg Tunnel and then transfer to a bus that winds its way up the mountain passes to Lech. Passengers from either Vorarlberg or Tyrol should get off at Langen am Arlberg, the closest station to Lech. All Zurich-Vienna express trains stop here. From Mid-June to mid-September, Lech offers an Activ-Inclusiv Program. As part of this program, any hotel guest in Lech gains automatic free access to the five cable cars that run in the summer, tennis courts, and the indoor pool. Daily guided hikes covering 5 to 11km are also included in the program.

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