Already thinking about hitting the slopes this winter? We Americans think about European skiing holidays as if Switzerland were the only country in Europe that has snow. In truth, Austria has some of the most pristine, magnificent slopes and ski resorts without the tourist crowds of Gstaad and St. Moritz.
One resort, our favorite, is Kristiania Lech, a spacious, boutique hotel open only for the skiing season.
Traditional in style yet modern in service and amenities, this 29-room boutique hotel, provides an environment that is intimate and more like a private residence than a hotel. The resortâ€™s public spaces feature sumptuous fabrics in soft hues and large picture windows that provide dramatic views of the Arlberg Mountain. At every corner of the hotel from public areas to private guest rooms, visitors can enjoy being surrounded by exquisite pieces of contemporary art by acclaimed international artists.
All guestrooms and suites are individually designed and feature an inviting ambiance, with cozy bedding accented with bed skirts, duvets and down comforters. All guestrooms offer spacious, private ceramic tiled baths with sumptuous towels and robes and heated towel racks.
The exclusive packages from the Kristiania Lech put you in one of the world’s cradles of skiing â€“ where the regionâ€™s motto is simple â€œMore timeâ€¦More space.â€ The Kristiania Lech is located in the small mountain village of Lech, just steps from the RÃ¼fikopf gondola and a short shuttle bus ride away from the other major Alberg resort areas including Zurs, St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben and Sonnenkopf.
All Kristiania Lech package rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to availability. Taxes and gratuities are additional. Daily buffet breakfast and five-course dinners are included in the rates.
Art Loverâ€™s Getaway â€“ Art and music enhance the ski experience, when the Kristiania Lech with its extensive collection of contemporary art serves as a backdrop for a glorious winter holiday. The musical performance takes place in the hotelâ€™s Rote Bar. The hotelâ€™s collection includes works by contemporary artists such as Max Cole, Thomas Ruppel, Piero Dorazio and Imi Knoebl. The Art Loverâ€™s Getaway starts at â‚¬350 per night.
About Kristiania Lech
Small Luxury Hotel of the Worldâ€™s premier Austrian ski resort, The Kristiania Lech is a hilltop ski chalet made of old wood and stone, surrounded by 29 towering peaks, just steps away from the excitement and activity of the upscale and charming resort town of Lech. This picturesque alpine village has produced four Olympic champions, including Othmar Schneider, who won Austriaâ€™s first golf medal in slalom in 1952.
In 1968, Othmar, along with his wife, Irmgard, opened the boutique hotel Kristiania Lech. The 29- guestroom and suite Kristiania Lech offers guests exceptional individually designed accommodations, gourmet cuisine and genuine Austrian hospitality all in an environment that is intimate and more like a private residence than a traditional hotel. The casual elegance of the property is enhanced by sumptuous and comfortable furnishings and dÃ©cor along with an impressive private collection of acclaimed contemporary art. The Kristiania Lech is also a registered member of the notable Virtuoso group of select properties worldwide. Open December through April, the Kristiania Lech can be reached for more information or reservations at + (011) 43 5583 2561 0 or by visiting www.kristiania.at. Reservations can also be made by calling Small Luxury Hotels toll-free 800-525-4800 or through the Internet at www.slh.com.