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Hotel Kristiania

Lech, Austria

The Kristiania is a luxury boutique hotel in one of Austria's chicest 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.

At a Glance

  • 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 every style in between

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

  • The sumptuously furnished lounge is a lovely après-ski spot in which to try a martini cocktail

  • Indulge in High Afternoon tea in the lounge, for après-ski sustenance

  • Just a 10 minute walk to the ski lifts, or opt for the hotel's shuttle service

  • Great for couples, but families are very welcome too

Ski, Family, Parties & events, Spa & health

Insider's View

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

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Take a horse drawn carriage around the village to discover Lech's hidden streets!

Clare Leigh

Insider's View

Start the day with a raw juice freshly blended at breakfast!

Clare Leigh

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Description

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 colored walls combined with zebra skin rugs.

Relax in the cozy 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 program 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 vacation 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 vacation.

The staff at the Kristiania are extremely welcoming and can organize 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.

Accommodation

The 28 bedrooms and suites at the Kristiania are all individual in design and decoration. From Alpine chic to Chinese, from French boudoir to Ralph Lauren meets Heidi, the rooms are full of beautiful and colorful fabrics, together with original artwork and antiques, lending a unique quality to each room. There are many interconnecting options amongst different room categories, providing spacious accommodation for larger family groups. All rooms have telephone, television, safe and WiFi. Suites have DVD and CD players and mini bar.

Deluxe Single Room

The Deluxe Single Rooms are very spacious and comfortable, with a good sized bed. Beautifully decorated, and with an en suite bathroom, safe and WiFi.

Double Room

The Double Rooms at the Kristiania can also be made up as Twin rooms. Decorated with beautiful fabrics and furniture, each being unique in design and layout. The rooms include a comfortable double bed, en suite bathroom, television, safe and WiFi.

Junior Suite Classic

The Junior Suite Classic rooms are stylishly designed and spacious, featuring artwork by local artists. The room includes an en suite bathroom, television, safe, WiFi, DVD and CD player and mini bar.

Deluxe Junior Suite

The Deluxe Junior Suites are very spacious and beautifully designed. Some feature fur throws and bright colored fabrics. En suite bathroom, safe, mini bar and WiFi.

Classic Suite

The Classic Suites features their own individual distinctive decoration and furniture. Sumptuously decorated, they offer maximum comfort. The room includes double bed, en suite bathroom, television, safe, WiFi, DVD and CD player and mini bar.

Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suite is decorated with contemporary Alpine chic and is extremely spacious. Wooden panelling and animal hide surround you, making this one of our favorite rooms in the Kristiania. En suite bathroom, safe, fireplace and WiFi.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Kristiania and the friendly and efficient staff make sure that every child feels at home. There are children's menus and other facilities such as high chairs, pampers etc available if requested in advance. Other services include a special children's turn down service as well as children's mini bar and children's afternoon tea.

The Ski Nanny is available to all guests whose children are booked into the Lech Kindergarten or Children’s Ski School. Each day, the Ski Nanny is available to accompany and transport your child 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 until parents arrive back to collect them at 5pm.

Facilities

Fine Austrian cuisine is offered in the Kristiania a la carte restaurant with stunning views over Lech and the Arlberg, whilst dinner in the Kaminzimmer with its open fireplace is a more relaxed affair. The Bar & Lounge, decorated in true Kristiania style, has a Steinway grand piano for evening entertainment. The wine cellar stores over 300 labels, with 7000 bottles left to mature in the rock below the hotel. There is a small wellness area comprising a sauna, relaxation room and there are massage treatments on offer.

Kristiania Austrian

The Kristiania Austrian restaurant is casual Austrian food (dress code casual)

Kristiania Classic

A la carte restaurant with stunning views. Please note the dress code is smart elegant, no jeans or t-shirts.

Kaminzimmer

A casual restaurant where you can enjoy fondue or raclette in front of the open fire. (Dress code is casual).

Activities

Lech is one of the world's best known ski regions and has managed to keep the charm of a classical Austrian resort. There are 88 ski lifts covering 260km of prepared piste. In addition to downhill skiing there is also 15km of cross country track, a snowpark, ice bowling, skating, Heli-skiing, paragliding, snow shoe hiking, a toboggan run, horse drawn sledges and a world famous ski school.

Services

Ski Nanny Service

The Ski Nanny is available to all guests whose children are booked into the Lech Kindergarten or Children’s Ski School. Each day, the Ski Nanny is available to accompany and transport your child 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 until parents arrive back to collect them at 5pm.

Location & Directions

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’.

When to go

Lech has an enviable reputation for its snow and averages about seven meters over the season. The Eastern Alps frequently benefit from early snow and the largely pastoral terrain does not need a hugely deep base to offer great skiing conditions. As a result, Lech frequently offers some of the best skiing in the Alps early in the season. The microclimate means that snowfalls are more prolific than in many other resorts and with plenty of skiing above 2000 meters, conditions can be great right up until the end of the season.

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