From gourmet cuisine to spectacular skiing, the chocolate box ski village of Lech and it’s slightly higher altitude sister, Zurs, offer enough activities both on and off the slopes to to attract celebrities and Royals alike. Located at the top of the alps (the highest lift 2,450 meters up) this duo of snowy enclaves guarantees snow throughout the season. This made Lech a favourite of the late Princess Diana, and it is, in my opinion, one of the best places to ski in Europe.
In this article I line up what are undoubtedly the two best ski hotels in Lech; The chic and recently opened Aurelio and the more traditional but equally luxurious Almhof Schneider. If you are looking to enjoy ultra luxury when you are not swish swooshing down the slopes, these two hotels are the only ones worth considering. Both are centrally located just a short walk from Lech village. In fact the Aurelio sits further up the same road as the Almhof Schneider, across the small mountain river from the main street. They are both also ideally positioned to get on and off the slopes as well as to enjoy village apres ski.
Which hotel is best? The Almhof Schneider has a more traditional Austrian feel with a candle-lit bar looking over the village and pine clad rooms with views of the village and slopes. If you get a good room you cannot go wrong here. If you book a base room these have less of a view and don’t have a balcony. In the Aurelio the feel is more cosmopolitan and more like a friends luxury (VERY luxury) chalet. Of the two, the Aurelio probably has the edge on luxury (just) and the food is both inspiring and daring. There is not a bad room in the Aurelio; all are gorgeous and enormous with a glorious marble bathrooms and uber modern fittings. All have a balcony and all look over the valley – you can see the view from our room pictured above.
You cannot go wrong with either hotel, they are both brilliant and I consider both to be in my top 5 ski hotels in Europe. Take a read of my reviews of each and you decide…