The luxury 5 star-Superior Hotel Aurelio Lech has set a new standard in contemporary alpine style and quiet sophistication, just on the slopes above the centre of Lech. An outstanding ski-in/ski-out hotel presented in traditional wooden chalet form and then subtly tuned to the 21st century. Built in 2008, this privately owned hotel is made up of three alpine-style buildings and it has an ideal location because it is perfectly situated right on the famous “Schlegelkopf-Piste”. Aurelio Lech is luxurious but relaxed; contemporary, but firmly embedded in its Austrian roots. The interiors of Aurelio Lech are decorated with traditional touches that reflect the alpine heritage of the Vorarlberg region but it is the feeling of warmth that permeates throughout Aurelio Lech, which creates its charming, relaxed atmosphere and makes guests want to return year after year.
This boutique hotel has just 18 rooms and suites comprised in three buildings, the hotel itself and the Clubhouse. Both can be rented en bloc, thus blurring the lines between the luxury chalet and boutique hotel markets. Rooms and suites are individually presented following the design ethos for the Aurelio Lech, that is to say respecting the alpine heritage of the Vorarlberg, whilst sympathetically and elegantly applying a contemporary focus to their furnishing and finishes. All their bedrooms and suites are individually designed and while each is sympathetic to the heritage of the local alpine region, the décor is contemporary and elegant. French and African natural fabrics complement stylish Asian wooden furniture, creating a look that is fresh, clean and sophisticated, as well as feeling more like home than a hotel and as well as every luxury you might expect to find at this level of accommodation, including a balcony with mountain views, all rooms are equipped with latest internet technology and multi-media entertainment systems as well as exclusive amenities and toiletries products.
The gourmet cuisine at Restaurant Aurelio’s comes highly recommended, with a menu that skilfully blends traditional and modern Austrian recipes with international dishes. The Restaurant Aurelio’s, awarded with 3 Hauben Gault Millau, proposes extravagant creations, modern interpreted menus and traditional Austrian dishes. The Licca Lounge is the perfect place to have a cocktail or aperitif in a comfortable atmosphere. The wine list and the cellar’s collection of brandies are especially noteworthy, and whether you opt for the elegant dining room or the sun-kissed outdoor terrace, your dining experience is certain to be memorable. The hotel’s sun deck, situated right next to the world famous Schlegelkopf-slope, offers a wide range of traditional Austrian and international dishes.
The Aurelio Clubhouse is part of beautifully chic ski and spa lodge Aurelio Lech. It stands separately from the lodge but is linked via a subterranean tunnel, guaranteeing total privacy while at the same time easy access to the main hotel’s facilities. Perfect for corporates or big family gatherings. The attached chalet is basically its own private chalet, and it is supremely stylish. The look is hugely tasteful modern mountain chic, with everything on a vast scale, tremendous living room with overstuffed sofas, an immense chandelier, dining area with endless table and lots of space and a library. There are six individually designed double bedrooms and two junior suites, providing space for up to 16 people in total. The feel is modern chic bright and light, with bleached wooden walls, and pure white, cream and beige colour schemes. Some of the bathrooms have a cool alpine feel, incorporating light coloured tiling and wall-covering mirrors, and others have a warmer, cabin feel, with wooden walls and marble finishes.
As you would expect also the Aurelio takes its relaxation and fitness pretty seriously. A superb 23 metre indoor pool sets the tone for exquisitely presented contemporary leisure facilities. The SPA at Aurelio Lech pampers body and mind. Their holistic Day SPA offers exclusive treatments, a modern fitness centre complete with the latest equipment and a personal coach, several indoor pools including an activity pool, an extensive thermal suite and a tranquil meditation centre.
The service here is of the highest order and hardly surprising given the staff to guest ratio. Situated at the heart of the Arlberg region, this wonderful mountain hotel makes an ideal venue for luxury family holidays in the Austrian Alps. Whether you want to enjoy snow sports in the winter or mountain adventures in the summer, this delightful establishment is a great choice all year round. A warm welcome awaits from the first moment you arrive, and you will immediately feel at home in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel.
Top Deluxe Room
These rooms at the heart of the main building are 55 sqm and have balconies with view over the beautiful mountains and Lech. Large windows fill the rooms with light and beautiful views. All Top Deluxe Double Rooms are individually designed and the décor is contemporary and elegant. They are equipped with the latest Internet technology, multi-media entertainment systems, flat screen TVs, DVD/CD player and iPod/iPad docking station.
The two Aurelio Suites are spacious, one-bedroom suites that contain 110 sqm of living space and views. These king bedded suites also feature a living room and bedroom, ample closet space and a stylish bathroom. Tastefully and individually decorated, their look is fresh, clean and sophisticated, as well as feeling more like home than a hotel. Each suite has a balcony and large windows which fill the room with light and beautiful views. They are equipped with the latest Internet technology, multi-media entertainment systems, flat screen TVs, DVD/CD player and iPod/iPad docking station.
Aurelio Clubhouse provides all the sophistication and comfort of a world-class hotel combined with the ambience and elegance of a private home. Chic and contemporary on a vast scale. The Aurelio Clubhouse offers a spectacular central drawing room, large bedrooms and expansive spa. The generous living room with fireplace invites for some cosy hours with family and friends. Especially after an exciting ski day, the living room offers the perfect place for relaxation and to recall the ski day. The Aurelio Clubhouse is equipped with an own library with over 2.000 international books and coffee table books and is the perfect place for recreation. The six comfort double rooms and 2 Junior Suites include everything you need and satisfy all your desires. The rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, minibar, Hi-Fi surround-sound, multimedia entertainment system and the exclusive toiletries products. The designed SPA-area, exclusively and only for guests in the Aurelio Clubhouse, features a 18 mt long indoor-pool, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, massage rooms, and a chill out area with cinema and surround sound. The Aurelio Clubhouse boasts of a spacious balcony and an own terrace, both with the unique view over the alpine village of Lech and to the world-famous “Schlegelkopf”-slope. In the private dining room is served a comprehensive breakfast and a dinner with traditional and modern Austrian specialties as well as international dishes.
After a day on the mountain, nothing could be more inviting than the SPA at Aurelio Lech. The superb facilities at this five-star-superior wellness centre include several indoor pools, an extensive thermal suite and a tranquil meditation centre. A menu of exclusive spa and beauty treatments for body and mind. The innovative Aurelio SPA features exclusive treatments as well as sauna, aroma steam bath, herbal baths, multi-sensory shower, acoustic-experience pool, jacuzzi, 23 meter indoor activity pool and relaxing aresas with vital bar.
The fitness club is fully equipped with modern cardio and weight machines (cross trainer, ergometer, cycle, weights) and offers personal trainers, who will design personal fitness programmes for guests for a small extra charge.
Meeting and Events
The Aurelio Lech is an elegant hideaway for executives and managers, where successful leaders can relax and enjoy their well-earned recognition and reward. The top-modern business equipment contains the latest meeting equipment and free Wi-Fi access around the whole area. Besides one of the best ski and snowboard-resorts and hiking-areas or simply one of the most beautiful places of Europe, a wide range of different entertainment awaits you, concerts, ski-shows, the Aurelio SPA, cultural excursions and shopping, excursions and so on. The Aurelio Lech is an excellently managed and very special boutique hotel; if you are planning an incentives, a team of experts is happy to help you to create a memorable and unforgettable event at the Aurelio Lech.
“Austria’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2016” – awarded by World Ski Awards
“3 Hauben Gault Millau” for Restaurant Aurelio – awarded by Gault Millau Guide 2016
“Design Hotel of the Year 2016” – awarded by Connoisseur Circle
“Luxury Chalet of the Year 2016” – awarded by Luxury Travel Awards
“Austria’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2015” – awarded by World Ski Awards
“Austria’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014” – awarded by World Ski Awards
“3 Hauben Gault Millau” for Restaurant Aurelio – awarded by Gault Millau Guide 2014
“Austria’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2013” – awarded by World Ski Awards
The unique trio of Aurelio Team:
The hotel keeps three alpacas on hand, Hiero, Domingo and Yaki that they are part of the Aurelio team. The trio is looking forward to walk through the winter wonderland of Lech together with the guests. In fact those guests who express an interest can enjoy a bespoke hike with these animals to one of several amazing picnic locations, where the mountains reach above and the sky is unbelievably blue.
To experience the unique adventure you do not have to be guest staying at the Aurelio Hotel. Tours with Alpacas can be booked at the Aurelio Reception and at the “Meet & Greet” kids will get to know the Alpacas, hold their halter and take pictures. Lech is famous for endless kilometers of perfectly groomed slopes, but walking through the winter wonderland together with Hiero, Domingo and Yaki is an excellent alternative for young and old!
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.
The intimate award winning restaurant Aurelio’s (3 Hauben Gault Millau 2015 and 2016) offers fine dining with traditional and modern Austrian and of course international cuisine. The wine list consists of various rarities and vintagewines. For solar adorers their terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the sun surrounded by the snowcapped mountain-skyline.
The comfortable Licca Lounge awaits every Guest in front of the fire place. Inviting huge sofas and cosy arm chairs inspire to spend quality time and chat after a long day out skiing in front of the open fire place. It is the perfect place to have a cocktail or aperitif in a comfortable atmosphere. Some of the in-house stored Brandys and Armagnacs are older than 100 years.
Winter vacation at the Aurelio 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. Around Lech and Zürs non skiers can enjoy 40 km of prepared winter hiking trails. While summer holidays at the Aurelio Lech is to discover the special attraction of Lech. Go for long and short walks with experienced mountain guides, enjoy cheese spätzle in the mountain hut “Formarin” or have breakfast in the heart of blooming summer meadows. 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 Aurelio Lech. 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 Aurelio Lech 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.
No speedy descents, no desire for infinite altitude records. Cross-country skiers find their very own haven in wintry Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Kilometre after kilometre the trails are winding through the snow-covered landscape of Zürs, Oberlech and the Zugertal, inviting them to indulge in their sport, to glide rhythmically through the wintry scenery, to enjoy this most natural of winter sports at the foot of impressive mountain summits. Cross-country skiing on the Arlberg is much more than a mere alternative. The high plateau has everything to offer that aficionados of the narrow skis are looking for, and much more. Be it serious endurance sport or a laid-back experience of nature they are after.
Where to stay
The Aurelio Lech is an unique 5-star-superior-hotel which offers every imaginable service and comfort you can expect from a distinguished hotel, combined with the atmosphere and elegance of a private retreat. Built in 2008 the Aurelio Lech is a luxury boutique Hotel, directly located in the center of the Lech am Arlberg, on the Schlegelkopf ski-run, offering ski-in / ski-out. Each of the 18 individual rooms has access to a spacious balcony with stunning mountain views. Kick off the boots, dine on traditional and modern Austrian cuisine at the elegant Aurelio’s restaurant. For harried alpine muscles, the Aurelio Spa is heaven: sauna cabins, aroma salt steam rooms, herbal baths or just relax in the tranquil meditation centre. For an after-spa treat, indulge yourself further: sip a 100-year-old Armagnac as you get lost in the deep cushions around the open fire in the Licca Lounge.
A network of more than thirty kilometres of trails awaits the cross-country community in Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Perfectly groomed and covering all degrees of difficulty these trails promise pure crosscountry skiing bliss. The jewel in the crown no doubt is the Zuger trail which leads from Lech through the Zugertal all the way to the Tannlägeralpe. In Zürs, too, cross-country skiers need not go far to indulge in their favourite sport amidst a spectacular scenery.
For pleasure seekers
The great advantage of cross-country skiing, also high up on the Arlberg, is the free choice of speed. It is not nature nor the mountains or trails that determine the speed; it is the athletes themselves who decide. This is probably what turns this sport into one of the most contemplative of all winter pastimes and makes it so very interesting, so unique. The equipment you need is simple, and fairly inexpensive to obtain. Before you know it you are off to enjoy the winter in its purest form. Be it Zürs or the Zugertal, the trails around Lech Zürs am Arlberg lend completely new perspectives on the cold season in the Alps. Surrounded by the enchanting calm of the snow-covered meadows, nature here displays itself as the perfect stage for members of the cross-country community. One aspect that plays a key role for the pleasure seekers among them is that there is hardly another winter or endurance sport that combines physical exercise and meditative serenity in such a perfect manner. Once you start gliding, you will cover kilometre after kilometre of trails, gaining fascinating insights into the Alpine winter along the way. It is not just the exertion that counts here, it is the overall experience of a sporting exercise amid an overwhelming scenery.
For the ambitious
Yet the sport of cross-country skiing by no means should be reduced to the mere enjoyment of the winter magic. The snowy landscape, yesterday providing peaceful pleasure, may today be the setting for one of the most challenging winter sports of all. This is the case not least at all because the area around Lech Zürs am Arlberg boasts perfect trails both for those adhering to the classical style and for those preferring the skating technique. All those looking for cross-country bliss will, in any case, find what they need. And as it is up to the athletes themselves to determine their speed, the switch from laid-back winter hiking to a serious endurance workout is no problem at all.
However, this great winter sport is not reserved just for professionals and experts. Cross-country skiing is also perfectly suited for winter sport beginners of all ages. A few pointers from the Lech Zürs cross-country experts will suffice, and first-timers too are free to enjoy the trails in all their variety and beauty. Even more so as there is one particular option besides the classical style and the skating technique that is especially suited for cross-country novices. Ski hiking, that is cross-country skiing on special, more comfortable skis, must be the ideal way of covering the first kilometres on snow, not just for beginners. This most relaxed form of cross-country fun is equally suited for stamina training at the start of the season as well as for the true pleasure seekers.
Every time you step out on the snowy trails, all these options and characteristics are experienced, making crosscountry skiing a very special winter pastime. What matters here, be it for professionals or beginners, ambitious or laid-back athletes, is the combination of nature experience, exercise and peace. It is a unique source of energy for body and mind.