Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Hotel Schmelzhof Lech
The Schmelzhof, run by the Strolz family, who have been in Lech for several centuries, is a place defined by its warmth and soul. It is a true family affair: Robert and Gitti take the reins, with their son Arthur presiding over the bar and restaurant and even ‘Grossmutter’ taking your coffee order in the morning. This multigenerational passion and generosity keep their guests returning year after year to Schmelzhof.Check availability
- The rooms at the Schmelzhof range from basic doubles to the vast Schneeflocken suite. One of the best options is the Atelier rooms, which mix style, value, and mountain-facing terraces with felt-clad sleigh beds, cozy sofas, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms and suites are individually furnished with great attention to detail.
- The Schmelzhof Spa (400 m2) has a Finnish sauna, sanarium, brine steam bath, and infrared cubicle. It also includes two massage treatment rooms, a tranquillity room with comfortable loungers, and another room for chatting, enjoying a cup of tea, or simply reading the newspaper.
- The Schmelzhof is very suitable for children. The large playroom in the basement offers a large selection of toys and books, game consoles, and even a children's cinema. While a nanny takes care of the little ones, you can head to the slopes or sit back in peace.
- Lech is a serious ski destination. Thanks to the Flexibahn lift, there is 305 km of piste for you to explore, plus you can ski all the way to St Anton and back without taking a bus (unless you want to, of course).
- In the evenings, after some Apres-ski - either at Hotel Krone or on Schmelzhof’s own sun terrace - it’s about discovering more food. As well as a brilliant Raclette at Hus 8 (book ahead), our favourite find of the trip was Flexenhausl: where you can guarantee everyone will be dancing on the tables after you’ve gone through your hot oil meat fondue
Wine & Dine
- With loving attention to detail, it is Grandmother who takes care of the breakfast buffet. It has everything – from freshly baked local bread specialties to freshly cut fruit and scrambled eggs, and homemade apricot jams to fresh milk and yogurt from local farmers.
- Enjoy yourself on the terrace of Schmelzhof in the afternoon. From noon to 3.00 pm it’s Bistro Time: fine salads, the SCA pasta, or the delicious Schmelzhof burger will do the trick.
- Gittis Esszimmer: for dinner with the atmosphere, head to the à la carte restaurant at boutique hotel Schmelzhof. It celebrates classic Austrian cuisine and creative international ideas: fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, fondues and raclettes, and sweet treats. Paired with magnums of fine wine.
- Blaue Bar: end your evening at the Blaue Bar, a place where stories are told and made.
- Lech and Hotel Schmelzhof in particular are very family-orientated but really it will suit anyone, from couples to groups of friends wanting to avoid St Anton-style party crowds.
- As cozy and comfortable as you please
- Rooms from €160 per person in a double room on a half-board basis
The Hotel Schmelzhof is quietly located and only a few minutes' walk from the town center. You can reach the valley stations of the Schlegelkopf lift and the Rüfikopf cable car quickly and easily. Guaranteed snow, world-famous hospitality, tradition, and a tranquil yet sophisticated ambiance, have made Lech a luring winter destination for more than a century. Located at an altitude of between 1,450 and 2,800 meters above sea level, the winter sports mecca is a member of “Best of the Alps,” a cooperation of 12 select resorts. However, it’s not only sports enthusiasts who appreciate the area – Lech also has lots to offer for those who enjoy walking, fine dining, and cultural activities.
- Rud-Alpe, Schlegelkopf, Lech.
- Schneggarei, for Apres ski, near the Schlegelkopf valley station in Lech.
- Murmeli in Oberlech, best for lunch.
- Hus Nr. 8: for brilliant raclette — book ahead.
Where to shop
- Lenai & Linai, right next to the church.
- If you are a good skier start your day in Oberlech, head over to the 'Rüfikopf' until you reach Zürs, then head back to Lech via the 'Madloch' — and get a tan at the Burg's terrace in Oberlech.
How to get there
- By car: During the winter months, please check the up-to-date road conditions and ensure that your car is equipped appropriately. At times, snow chains are compulsory. Free parking spaces next to the hotel.
- By rail: The train station in Langen am Arlberg is easy to reach whether you’re coming from the direction of Innsbruck, Zurich or Lindau.
- By air: The closest airports are Innsbruck (1 hour) or Zurich (2 hours). Arlberg Express runs private transfers as well as shared shuttles for up to 15 people from both. Find out more here: arlbergexpress.com.
- Electric car charging point ‘Porsche Destination Charging’.
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