The Kristiania Lech is a traditional ski chalet on the exterior, but the interior reveals a renowned contemporary art collection and individually designed rooms focused on the artwork. Othmar and Irmgard Schneider opened the boutique property in 1968, and it has always felt more like a private residence than a hotel. It features 29 unique guestrooms and suites, gourmet cuisine and genuine Austrian hospitality. It is located in Lech in Austria’s Arlberg Region, renowned for skiing with 170 miles of groomed trails descending to seven nearby towns connected by shuttle buses.
Standing in a league of its own, the Kristiania Lech boutique hotel is ideally located on the southern hilltop of the village of Lech, a short stroll from the gondolas and the exclusive shops of this elegant alpine resort. With its walls abundant with mementos of the owner’s, Othmar Schneider’s triumphant skiing career and every niche of the hotel filled with famous contemporary works of art and regional antique and classic furnishings, the Kristiania Lech could understandably be taken for a museum. Since opening its doors, art has played an integral part in the history of this boutique hotel. The history of Kristiania Lech starts from 1952 when Othmar Schneider brought a gold medal for the slalom and a silver medal for Alpine skiing back with him to Lech from the Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. He went on to pursue an international career as a ski school director in Boyne-Mountain, Michigan, and at Portillio in Chile. On his return to Lech, he built the Kristiania up into one of the leading addresses in Lech. At the Kristiania, the foremost aim has been to offer a comfortable home to winter guests accompanied by individuality, lifestyle and privacy. Personal style and unique charm are the distinctive attributes of Kristiania. The philosophy of the art of living naturally focuses on the guest. Austrian hospitality, impeccable personal service and a convivial atmosphere are all equally important.
Pampering their Guests is a tradition at the Kristiania Lech. They privilege attentive service and refined cuisine with its roots in Austrian traditions. The Kristiania à la carte restaurant, with its canopied cooking range, makes the ideal setting for classical fine dining while the Kaminzimmer with its open fireplace is designed for casual dining and relaxed get togethers. It is possible to enjoy the art of their chef and the treasures of their cellar while following events in the village or on the piste as though from the private box.
The hotel is located within easy reach of the centre, at a 5 minute walking distance from the ski slopes, next to the cross-country ski track en route to Zug, overlooking Lech with a marvelous view of the Alps. Lech, the cradle of modern skiing, is one of the world’s best-known ski regions. Yet it has kept the charm of a classical winter sports resort. Preservation of the natural landscape and village character are features which set Lech apart today from most other ski resorts. Although Lech keeps pace with the growing demands of its friends, it still knows how to preserve the charm of its original character.
The Single Rooms offer a classic elegance furnished with antiques and fine art. The rooms are situated on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor and feature village or mountain views, complimentary wifi and Kristiania amenities. They range from 18-25 sq. metres with a queen bed, on request we can reserve a room with a balcony or an interconnecting room to a Double Room, Junior Suite or Suite.
Custom designed Double Rooms combine elegant furnishing with antiques and fine art. The rooms range from 25-30 sq. metres and are equipped with Kristiania amenities, complimentary wifi, one double or two single beds with a breathtaking view over the Austrian Alps or Lech village.
Spacious rooms with a distinctive Austrian accent, where the centrepiece is an elegant display of original contemporary art. The Junior Suites range between 35-40 sq. metres. and feature either one double or two single beds, complimentary wifi and Kristiania amenities. On request we can reserve a room with a balcony or an interconnecting room to a Single, Double room or to the Duplex Suite.
Suites are located on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors and offer a breathtaking view of the high peaks of the Alps or the pictoresque village of Lech. They feature a double bed and have a size of 50 sq. metres, complimentary wifi and Kristiania amenities are also included.
Located on the second floor, the Alpine Suite features a working fireplace with magnificent views over the of the high peaks surrounding the valley. This 60 sq. metres contemporary suite is warmly decorated with antiques,original contemporary art featuring a king size bed dressed in fine Egyptian linens with a handcrafted headboard and Austrian cashmere comforters.
Penthouse Suite situated on the top floor with absolutely unique views over Lech, offering accommodation for up to four guest. The 100sqm expansive suite features a separate living and dining area and is tastefully appointed with antiques,original contemporary art and lighting. It has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. For the ultimate luxury, book the Penthouse Suite interconnecting to a Junior Suite.
The Ski Concierge will enable Guests to fully customize their entire vacation itinerary, from conception to booking. This process begins in advance of the guests’ arrival by phone, fax or email and continues when the Ski Concierge meets arriving guests at the hotel. The Ski Concierge will be able to book an entire ski vacation based upon the individual needs of Guests whether it is simply a two-night stay with lift tickets and a private ski guide or a seven-night stay with ski schools, lift tickets, equipment rentals and transportation for an entire family.
Each morning, Ski Butlers greet Guests in the lobby or boot room with the late-breaking snow and weather conditions and offer tips to get you ready to schuss through champagne powder snow. Guests of the Kristiania Lech don’t have to worry about toting their gear back to their room as each skier is assigned a convenient indoor locker at Strolz. Lockers include boot dryers, shelves and plenty of space for your skis and snowboard.
The Boot Butler relieves skiers of their boots after a day on the slopes. He takes care of equipment, stores the skis and boots overnight, and makes sure the boots are warm and dry for another day on the slopes.
The Ski Nanny program is designed to introduce three-year olds and up to the fun and excitement of skiing and being outdoors in the winter. The Ski Nanny is available to all Guests whose children are participating in the Lech Ski School. Each day, the Ski Nanny is available to accompany and transport children to ski school on time, help them with their gear, while allowing parents to still make first tracks on the mountain. At the end of the day, the Ski Nanny meets the children at ski school and returns them to the Kristiania Lech, where they may stay in the Lounge for complimentary munchies and hot chocolate.
The Reading Butler
There is nothing like reading a good book on vacation, some may even say it is a ritual. It was even reported that President Obama planned on reading five books on his weeklong family summer vacation. However, what if your crazed and don’t have time to stop by the bookstore or library and the airport newsstand doesn’t have your favorite author on hand? Also, who wants to pack heavy books in their already cramped luggage? The Reading Butler doesn’t only secure your favorite “must read”, but can find the most gripping reading materials in a variety of languages to satisfy even the most avid reader. The guest’s personal selection of reading materials is delivered to the room upon arrival. Over and above, if you’re too tired after a long day on the slopes, the Reading Butler will read to the guest an option the Kristiania Lech is happy to provide.
The Bath Butler
Fatigued from a long day on the slopes? The Bath Butler provides private pampering at its best, without leaving the hotel room, Guests can now indulge in a personal, intimate bubble bath spa experience, by simply choosing from a selection of baths prepared specifically for them, depending on their mood and at their convenience. A spa therapist prepares a warm bubble bath in preparation of your arrival while the bathroom is lit with aromatic candles adding to this holistic sensory experience.
Guests who are traveling with their dogs can give their best friends a relaxing vacation on their own. The pet program includes a comfortable doggie bed, as well as designer food and water bowls with placemat, and an exclusive pet amenity kit with a personal welcome note by Kristiania Lech’s own golden retrievers Bruno and Arthur and freshly baked Kristinia Lech Dog Treats. Directors of Doggy Relations, Bruno and Arthur offer special maps of local trails and other dog-friendly-habitats around the area, information on dog sitting and walking services, veterinarian offices and pet boutiques.
The wine cellar at the Kristiania Lech is Irmgard Schneider’s pride and joy. Here more than 300 labels in 7,000 bottles are stored and mature in the rock below the building: a rich choice of superb Austrian wines is in the admirable company of international classics like Château Lafitte Rothschild, Puligny-Montrachet, Brunello Biondi Santi, Tignanello and Sassicaia.
The Seventies SPA
“Best of award of excellence 2012” – awarded by Wine Spectator
“Best Hotel of the World 2009/2010” – awarded by Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Auenfeldjet, a dream come true:
Hannes Schneider, who was born in Stuben am Arlberg, revolutionised the technique of skiing with the Arlberg school; in 1937, Austrias first T-bar lift was constructed in Zürs, and the Galzigbahn in St. Anton was the first cable-car designed for winter operation. Such pioneers and innovation ensured that the region became known as the cradle of alpine skiing far beyond the countrys boundaries. A new chapter in the history of this innovation’s written in the 2013/14 winter season: with the Auenfeldjet, a prime example of a gentle connection between two skiing areas. The idea of linking the skiing areas of Lech Zürs and Warth-Schröcken is not new, because already back in 1972 the Vorarlberger Nachrichten newspaper published a report on the long-proposed lift link between Lech and Saloberkopf: A chairlift is to run towards Lech, starting at around the Auenfeld pass, via the Gaisbühlalm to the upper station of the Weibermahd lift, which will create a link between Bregenzerwald and Lech/Zürs. The new Auenfeldjet 41 years later, the dream is becoming reality: the Lech Zürs and Warth-Schröcken skiing areas will be linked via the Auenfeld and a dream will come true.
Enhancing the range of winter sport facilities enormously while keeping interference with nature to a minimun. The Auenfeldjet links two skiing areas, thus creating the largest skiing area in Vorarlberg with a total of 47 ski lifts and cable-cars and 190 kilometres of piste. When including St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben, which can be reached via Lech Zurs, the range of facilities is even larger with 94 lifts and cable cars and 340 kilometres of piste. This places the Arlberg on a par with the largest skiing resorts in the world and increases the diversity for all winter sports enthusiasts. The linked skiing areas of Lech Zurs and Warth-Schrocken offer slopes with a variety of special qualities for the more ambitious skier as well as for those who are on the piste for the fun of skiing. Skiers from Warth-Schrocken can now also complete the legendary White Ring and can reach St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben. Winter sports enthusiasts from Lech Zurs can now travel all the way to Schrocken via the Saloberkopf and Lake Korber as well as to Warth via the base of the Warther Horn. This means that skiers and snowboarders on the Arlberg have access to numerous deep snow slopes as well prepared pistes. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy this wide range of facilities given the area’s extremely reliable snow conditions.
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.
Kristiania à la Carte
Classic yet seductive elegance. The elegance of Austrian cuisine taken to perfection. In the three dining rooms of the Kristiania à la carte restaurant you will be pampered according to all the rules of Austrian hospitality. The stylish setting is provided by an exclusive private collection of international art while you enjoy discrete elegance and an incomparable view over Lech and the Arlberg.
Authentic. In a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere in front of an open fireplace. A culinary experience is in store for the guests. Fine selected dishes made from first class products present you with an Alpine gourmet fairytale. The matching wines are available to create a best combination between food and beverage.
Bar & Lounge
The Bar in the Kristiania is entertainment with style. The Bar and Lounge feature a unique view over the Rote Wand, a carefully matched interior in the typical Kristiania style with a Steinway grand piano and a unique sun terrace. The Bar and Lounge are the meeting place for cocktails before and after dinner with small creative delicacies from the kitchen.
Winter vacation at the Kristiania 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 Kristiania 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 nearby to Kristiania 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 Kristinia 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.
Once past the threshold of the front door, it is evident that Irmgard Schneider’s keen eye for design and attention to color created an environment that dazzles visitors, offering a stunning series of sights and experiences. Her love of modern contemporary art is also apparent throughout the hotel, with the intention to acknowledge the potential for fine art in the home. For nearly four decades, Mrs. Schneider’s philosophy has been simple “the Kristiania Lech should be a cultural hub where one can co-exist amongst the art.”. Mrs. Schneider’s passion for collecting was inspired by her mother’s love of art which she is passing on to her daughters, Gertrud and Susanne. Collecting can be as great a passion and as powerful a creative process as the creation of art. Today, the Kristiania Lech’s collection consists of more than 200 contemporary paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by both emerging and established artists such as Max Cole, Roy Lichtenstein, Max Bill and Sam Francis. The works reflect the artist’s vision, while illuminating some of the most significant movements in contemporary art including Conceptual, Pop Art, Concrete Art, Abstract Expressionism to name a few.
The Kristiania Lech is so serious about its stunning art that it transformed the main dining room into a gallery that rival those of major metropolitan cities and impress even the most prestigious collectors. The hotel’s dining room, divided into three sections, showcases a rotating collection of stunning antiquities and original art from contemporary artists including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and mixed media. The elegant Rote Bar lies toward the rear of the building, where a glamorous après-ski scene unfolds each evening. The soft crimson color walls, custom-designed silk draperies, warm velvet couches, Viennese Jugendstil, handcrafted wooden Italian lamps and original vivacious artwork fill the walls. A painting by Sam Francis, renowned for his bright, striking images based on key principles of abstraction and expressionism, hangs in The Rote Bar. His works can be found in such prestigious venues as the Museum of Modern Art and Tate Gallery. […]
Lech am Arlberg, the small alpine village will be a delightful surprise for the everyone visiting Switzerland and Austria. A two and half hour scenic drive on the Arlberg Express Bus from the Zurich Airport unfolds the brilliant panorama that it offers. Interestingly, it was founded in 14th century by the Walser migrants from of one of the Swiss cantons. The majestic peaks, the crystal clear lakes and the quaint architecture are simply captivating. Skiers across the world know it as the premier sky resort frequented by the rich and famous like Princess Diana, the royals of Holland and Jordan and the actor Tom Cruise. Such is the charm of this place that even the non-skiers fall for it and enjoy in the horse drawn sleigh rides, walking in the woods, visit the 14th cent. St. Nicholas Church and visit a small museum that displays the lifestyle of the medieval days.
Alpine skiing is a major priority in Lech/Zuers am Arlberg. For centuries Arlberg has been famous for being the “cradle of Alpine skiing” and casts a spell over enthuasiastic skiers year after year, winter after winter. Because Arlberg is where tradition and modernity meet. A ski resort with the very highest standards of comfort and 340 km of adventurous runs makes skiers’ hearts beat faster and guarantees a relaxed and varied skiing holiday in the heart of Arlberg. Around 300 Hotels, hotel garnis, Bed & Breakfast establishments and holiday apartments will make the holiday in Lech/Zuers am Arlberg an unforgettable experience. Both in winter and in summer, whether you are staying in a cosy family guest house or an exclusive luxury hotel, like the Kristiania Lech, you will find friendly and enthusiastic hosts everywhere, who all have the same goals of pampering you and surprinsing you during the stay. Talking of Kristiania Lech, it is more than a hotel, more than a destination, Kristiania Lech is a contemporary lifestyle of the finest caliber and design. Thoughtful modern design is evident as soon as you enter Kristiania Lech’s doors, with inspired pieces of art including more than 200 paintings, sculptures, original prints, and tapestries. The 29 guest rooms and suites are individually decorated with warm color palates, custom fabrics, and handcrafted furnishings. Homemade chocolates, a complimentary mini bar and wireless internet access are a few of the luxury touches, and the genuine European hospitality of Kristiania’s staff is felt in every detail. […]