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Hotel Kristiania

The Kristiania is a luxury boutique hotel in one of Austria's most chic resorts, Lech. The refreshingly stylish Kristiania combines traditional decoration with contemporary art work and is just a five minute walk from Lech's main street.

Lech, Austria
Hotel Kristiania
  • Small intimate hotel epitomising Austrian hospitality, and established by Olympic skier Othmar Schneider.

  • The hotel has the feel of a private residence, with impeccable personal service and a welcoming atmosphere.

  • Unique rooms offer every style from Marie Antoinette to Chinese to 'Heidi meets Ralph Lauren', and everything in between.

  • Fine Austrian cuisine is complemented by an excellent selection of wines.

The Kristiania is a small, intimate hotel in a secluded setting with stunning mountain views. The ski lifts are a 10 minute walk away or you can opt for the hotel's private shuttle from the door. Lech is one of the world's best known ski resorts and boasts 88 ski lifts and 260km of prepared piste and the hotel aims to make your days on these slopes as enjoyable as possible.

The Kristiania is furnished with antiques, contemporary art work and the rooms are individually styled, lending the hotel a very different ambiance to a typical ski hotel. Each of the rooms offers a decor of rich fabrics and decorative lighting, all with chic black and white bathrooms. For something different try the Duplex Suite with its bold coloured walls combined with zebra skin rugs.

Relax in the cosy dark wood Rote bar with open fireplace before dining in the elegant restaurant which has a sophisticated menu and excellent wine list. Dinner in the Kaminzimmer with its open fireplace is a more relaxed affair. And you'll never suffer through a lack of choice of what to drink with dinner - there are over 7000 bottles of mature wine in the traditional cellar. The small wellness area has a sauna and relaxation room where revitalising massage treatments help to unwind after a hard day on the slopes.

Children are very welcome at Kristiania and the friendly and efficient staff make sure that every child feels at home. The Kristiania even has their own ski nanny service available (small charge applies). The Ski Nanny programme is designed to introduce three-year olds and up to the fun and excitement of skiing and being outdoors in the winter. In addition, we can arrange for great fun-loving private babysitters, to come into your suite during your skiing holiday and take your children out and about in the snow. They will take them sledding, ice-skating, build snowmen or make snow angels and go for hot chocolate. Or if your children are exhausted from being outdoors, the babysitter is available to play indoors with them ensuring a memorable ski holiday.

The staff at the Kristiania are extremely welcoming and can organise every aspect of your stay when you're in residence. From choosing the best restaurant at lunch-time to selecting the best wines at dinner, you're in great hands. You'll know every staff member by their first name after a few days and the delightful owner, Miss Schneider will personally make sure you're stay is wonderful. Attention to detail and guest care is of utmost importance.

In addition to downhill skiing there are also plenty of alternative winter sports and activities to take part in. Cross-country skiers can enjoy 15km of interesting pistes around the resort, snowboarders and skiers alike can practice jumps and tricks at Lech's fantastic snowpark and heli-skiing is available for the more advanced who wish to ski in more remote off-piste locations. Paragliding is a fantastic opportunity to admire the beauty of Lech from the air whilst catching thermals high up in the mountains. Ice bowling, ice skating, snow shoe hiking and tobogganing are also possible.

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Top tip:

The hotels departure from traditional alpine interior design does not detract from its warm and cosy atmosphere and fantastically friendly service.

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Lech, Austria

The Hotel Kristiania is in Lech, one of Austria's most fashionable resorts and which has easy access to the entire Arlberg ski srea. The lift system and regular shuttle service between Lech, Zurs, Stuben, St Christoph and St Arlberg enables you to ski the entire area very easily. The Rüfikopf cable car takes Lech skiers to the west-facing slopes of Zürs and the start of the Lech-Zürs-Lech circuit, which can only be done in a clockwise direction and is called the ‘White Ring’.

Flights to Innsbruck followed by a short transfer of around 2 hours or later in the season to Zurich, with a 2-hour 30-minute transfer to resort, easiest by train to Langen am Arlberg then 20 minutes by taxi to Lech.

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