The Hotel Gotthard is a family-run hotel in the charming Austrian town of Lech am Arlberg. This charming hotel has been run by the Walch family since 1931 and is currently in the hands of Clemens and Nicole, who got it in 2000, masterfully and completely renovated, transforming it from a classic bed & breakfast to a delightful 4-star superior hotel.
The hotel’s decor perfectly combines both modern and traditional Alpine influences. The 50 rooms and suites are all cozy and highly comfortable. All furnished in Alpine style that perfectly recalls the panorama surrounding the hotel but rather the whole of Lech am Arlberg. All the rooms have a common element which is the atmosphere of being in a real family ambience. They are equipped with every kind of comfort and services such as flat screen TV, wi.fi. free but also wooden balconies with chairs to enjoy the spectacular mountain views.
Breakfast at the Hotel Gotthard is the perfect start to any day thanks to delicacies such as fresh bread, homemade jams and butter, cheese, eggs and yoghurt from the region. Even the desserts and cakes served at the Cafè Gotthard are exclusively home-made as well as a home-brewed beer. In fact Omes beer, which takes its name from the mountain of Lech, Omeshorn, is produced by the Walch family directly at the new in-house “brewery”.
At the Hotel’s Lecher Stube there’s a selection of international and regional dishes that will satisfy every taste. With wood-paneled ceilings, patterned curtains and Kachelofen tile heating, the Austrians would describe the restaurant as gemütlich, a term that recalls a relaxing and traditional atmosphere. Among the dishes offered there are: the Tafelspitz (a traditional Austrian dish with boiled beef and horseradish), spinach gnocchi and fondue and the famous Wiener Schnitzel. Not forgetting the Kaiserschmarrn (grated pancake served with apple sauce and a sprinkling of icing sugar) which was the favorite dessert of the Austrian emperor Franz Josef I, and is among the most delicious things to eat after a busy day in the mountains.
Guests of the Hotel Gotthard can enjoy relaxing moments at Wellness & Spa area. There are several options to choose from such as a swim in the pool, a relaxing herbal steam bath or a warm bio or Finnish sauna perfect to relieve the back muscles. To complete the area, the relaxation room or a pleasant massage will be the healthy touch ideal for relaxing and regenerating.
The host, Clemens Walch, is the founder and president of the Golfclub Lech and is looking forward to welcoming golfers to the Hotel Gotthard. In fact, the new 9-hole golf course is a treat for Lech am Arlberg, the highest place in Austria where you can play golf. It also offers a 3-hole golf academy, a driving range and a bunker for practicing, all just 200 meters away from the hotel. In addition to golf, guests of the Hotel Gotthard can rent bicycles, ski and hiking equipments, and much more. Whether in summer or winter, the Hotel Gotthard is without a doubt synonymous of well-being and relaxation and anyone who visits this hotel is pleasantly surprised by the incredible charm of this family-run hotel, which has grown and evolved from generation to generation.
Winter vacation at the Hotel Gotthard 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 Hotel Gotthard is to discover the special attraction of Lech am Arlberg. 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 9-hole golf course of Hotel Gotthard.
The Hotel Gotthard is situated in a convenient position, to enjoy the beauties of Lech am Arlberg. 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.
Indoor & Outdoor Activities
Several indoor and outdoor activities will create unforgettable experiences during your vacation at Hotel Gotthard. Surrender to the many diverse yet discreet activity options. From active to passive, morning till night, there’s something to suit everyone. Your biggest decision of the holiday may be whether to relax by the pools or whizz to fantastic adventures. Check it out this list:
– Sauna area & indoor swimming pool
– House special massages and treatments
– An experience for the senses – Culinary of the hotel – don’t miss the Chef’s recommendation, Café Gotthard – the confectioner
– Old Bakery & in-house brewery – promote the brewery tour
– Reference the hotel own holiday packages (auf die Urlaubspauschalen hinweisen)
– The Skiing and Snowboarding expierence in Lech
– Cross-country slopes and the winter hiking routes
– The extensive leisure offer of Lech
– Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snow-shoe hiking, sledging, ice skating, horse-drwan sleigh rides and much more in the winter playground of Lech
– Recommendation of a special restaurant, bar, club
– Recommendation of a partner company such as a ski rental service
– Recommendation of the Weißer Ring – The Alpine rings of Lech am Arlberg
– Advent market in the region
– Exkursion in the region
Value for Money
Double rooms are from Euro 163,00 in high season; and from Euro 87,00 in low season. The mentioned rates are per day and including a royal breakfast buffet with fresh bread and pastry from their own bakery. In Addition, free Wi-Fi, bathrobe, slippers, use of the wellness area, the indoor pool, the sauna and fitness room are included as well. Guest can also enjoy the sports lounge with billiard table, table tennis and dart machine. For the little guests they created a play room without electronic machines. For all sports enthusiasts they provide a heated ski locker for each room and a sale the ski passes directly in the hotel, so that each guest can start immediately with the slope fun.
Access for guests with disabilities?
They have rooms available for guests with disabilities. It is important to inform the hotel team about your disability in advance, otherwise they can’t guarantee the availability of room.
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8 reasons to choose Lech am Arlberg
I discovered Lech as a destination for my ski-holidays some years ago, and it’s the resort where I keep coming back. Lech perfectly blends tradition and modernity. I have documented Lech’s changes in the past and his fascinating character has remained reassuringly constant; rigid planning laws that meant that expansion and development are virtually non-existent (in the 1980s the local council decreed that only the locals could own land in the village), but at the same time, the resort embraced modernity without beating edge: the first heated chairlift in the world was installed in Lech in 2004. But this said I wanted to collect the eight reasons why I keep coming back:
#1 Snow certainty
The village of Lech has an altitude of 1450 meters, and most of the skiing is between 1500 and 2000 meters, which means that it is unlikely that there is lack of snow in the winter months. In January 2014, Lech was one of the few Austrian resorts with sufficient snowfall. While the virtual guarantee of abundant snow is virtually a blessing in every respect, pure volume can cause logistical problems. One year, as we were traveling from Zurich airport by car with my family, the Arlberg and Flexen passes were closed and we were forced to stay in Feldkirch for one night. In 2012, while we were in St Christoph, two meters of snow fell in just 24 hours. Our friends (visiting Lech for dinner) were stuck for two days because the road was closed on Friday evening, and then reopened on Sunday afternoons. Such road closures are rare, however, they typically occur only a handful of times in a decade.
The downside of the snow volume is undoubtedly the many off-piste possibilities in Lech. Over the years I came here, I constantly discovered a new and unexplored territory. Hiring a guide is highly recommended, since most of them are local and know the area intimately. What’s more, the type of guest Lech tends to attract is not, in general, interested in waking up at dawn to line up for the first pass, so fresh tracks on the snow are easy to find if you’re passionate.
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.
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.