If you go skiing in Austrian Tyrol or are heading to a wellness resort in the Austrian hills, you will fly into the small local airport of Innsbruck (INN). In this article, we review the ten best ski hotels that are the closest to Innsbruck Airport (INN), many of which also feature in our top 10 best ski hotels in Austria.
You can fly into Innsbruck from Heathrow with direct flights on British Airways or arrive from Gatwick on Easyjet. Innsbruck Airport is one of those airports where you can climb down from the plane and stroll across the tarmac to the airport, as you can see from the photo above. It really is a gorgeous way to arrive.
The terminal building itself is rather old-fashioned and uninteresting, but the arrival between the mountains plus the walkout and back to the planes makes this airport fairly brilliant for travel nerds like me, who like to look up at the plane before they fly or after they land.
Innsbruck town offers some of the most amazing views in all of Europe. The jagged peaks of the Nordkette range are so close that you can quickly travel from the city’s heart to over 2000m above sea level.
Many travelers simply pass through Innsbruck on the way to the hillsides, but they are missing out. Innsbruck offers shopping, history, easy access to the slopes, and some exceptionally good-value luxury hotels. In Innsbruck itself, its late-medieval Altstadt is straight out of a storybook, with the grand Habsburg palace and baroque cathedral towering above this pretty town center and surrounding streets.
Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, Innsbruck knows quite a bit about winter sports. A massive Olympic ski jump sits to the edge of the city, on the mountainside, and offers spectacular views. Skiers and snowboarders also have access to over 500 km (310 miles) of trails in 25 surrounding village resorts, all on one reasonably priced ski pass and connected by a free ski bus.
The big question is where to stay. What are your luxury hotel options near and close to Innsbruck?
1. ADLERS Hotel Innsbruck
Our favorite luxury hotel in Innsbruck itself is aDLERS Hotel Innsbruck, a stylish hotel with a modern and luxury look. It is located in the tallest building in Innsbruck and has 75 “panorama” rooms, offering incredible views across the town and the mountains behind. We particularly love the rooftop Panorama Terrace (pictured above), which has a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, so it is a fun place to be.
While this hotel is ideal for the city center and airport, It isn’t ideal for skiing. You will have to find your own way up to the slopes on public transport (the free ski bus) if you want to get up to the mountains to ski. It’s worth knowing that you can ski from Innsbruck right through from October to May on the Stubai glacier, which is around a 45-minute drive from Innsbruck town center. Just avoid this drive at the weekends. The road can get very congested, so if you want to ski from Innsbruck, the best days to do it are Monday to Friday.
2. Jagdhof Hotel
Closer to the Stubai Glacier in Austria is the luxury Jagdhof hotel, which has a complimentary shuttle that takes you on the 20-minute drive to and from the Glacier.
The transfer to Spa Hotel Jagdhof is less than 30 minutes from Innsbruck airport, so it is really close, making this an ideal spot for a long weekend skiing. Fly in from Heathrow with direct flights on British Airways or arrive from Gatwick on Easyjet.
This family-run Relais & Chateaux property is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect luxury chalet base for hitting the slopes. This beautiful hotel is sat on the edge of a beautiful Austrian village and offers amazing food, a bar with a wonderful atmosphere and live music every night, a very good spa, and a superb indoor-outdoor pool which opens up to extensive lawns where you can sunbathe after a day on the glacier.
Spa Hotel Jagdhof is a beautiful example of a traditional Austrian chalet with classic decor using plenty of pine, complemented by rich, warm carpets. The bar area was particularly cozy, offering lively après-ski, with small seating booths set around the bar, a fireplace, and live music each night. It was a fabulous place to enjoy refreshing Tyrolean beers.
The communal areas, including the halls and restaurant, all have great character with real antlers and stuffed deer heads on the walls, lots of comfy corners with fireplaces, fresh flowers, and pretty table decorations. When we were visiting in late March, Easter was the theme, so Easter bunnies and wooden eggs were dotted about, and there was an Easter egg tree in the courtyard. Ultra-cute!
3. Das Central, Sölden, Austria
One of the best luxury hotels near Innsbruck can be found in Sölden, which is slightly farther away from Innsbruck (hence the position as number 3) but remains a brilliant choice. The only place to stay in Solden is the 5-star Das Central, which has been beautifully refurbished and is a true luxury hotel. The 5 star Das Central hotel sits up a side street near the main street of Sölden.
The hotel’s decor is modern pine with swish bathrooms and superbly comfortable beds and incredible food. At 1368m of altitude, this snowsure resort offers early and late season snow in Austria’s largest glacier areas.
The town of Sölden is not nearly as pretty as Lech or Gstaad, but once you get out of the main street, you will discover mountain streams and pretty fields which look like they are straight out of “Heidi.”
At 1368m of altitude, this snowsure resort does not hold onto the snow for as long as Lech. When we went there in April, the valley floor had no snow whatsoever, but there was plenty of snow on the higher slopes, which are just a short gondola ride away. This is one of Austria’s largest glacier areas. Rettenbach Glacier and Tiefenbach Glacier feature perfectly groomed slopes surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery and reaching up to an incredible 3340 meters above sea level. The season here begins as early as September and extends all the way through until May.
Our tip is to request one of their refurbished rooms, which faces the front of the hotel. These rooms are south-facing and offer sunshine, which streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the day. The decor is modern pine with swish bathrooms and superbly comfortable beds. This hotel encourages families and rewards little ones with fun touches like a furry bedtime chicken at Turndown.
The hotel also has a great pool area with lots of bubble features, and best of all, there is a gondola shuttle that takes guests directly to and from the bottom of the main gondolas every 5 minutes or so, which means no waiting around.
The food here is amazing, both in the main restaurant and their specialist restaurant, the Ötztaler Stube, which offers some of the best food in the Alps and the main restaurant is a gourmet dream, too. Even better, Das Central is a surprisingly affordable 5-star ski hotel (book outside the main season for excellent rates) and is definitely a Luxury Travel Diary favorite.
Breakfast, dinner, Wi-Fi, and a welcome drink are already included in the Das Central room rates. They tend to offer incredibly cheap early and late-season special offers, so look out for these.
4. Schlosshotel Fiss
If you are skiing with your family and you have kids, you would be crazy not to try Schlosshotel Fiss. This luxury ski-in-ski-out ski hotel sits directly on the slopes of Fiss. It has a lift that elevates you directly from the hotel ski shop (which is part of the hotel) right onto the slopes. It is perfect for adults but offers an insane amount of fun for the kids, too. It is, without a doubt, one of the best family ski hotels in Europe.
Schlosshotel Fiss is located at 1,436m altitude in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis region of the Western Tyrol. It’s a 1-hour drive from Innsbruck or 2.5 hours from Munich or Bolzano. The nearest train station is in Landeck, a 30-minute transfer away.
The arrival is spectacular. An alpine road winds its way up the side of the steep mountain leading to Fiss. The hotel has a modern alpine feel. The lobby has lots of pines and stonework and leads to the bar area, a mass of candles, and stylish alpine furniture. Much like a Four Seasons hotel but more individual, the entire area is immaculate. Beyond the bar area are a sun-dappled terrace and a further lounge with a roaring fire where you can enjoy an extravagant afternoon food buffet included in the room rate.
All the rooms at Schlosshotel Fiss are extremely stylish and modern whilst retaining their alpine heart. Rooms are immaculate, large, and recently refurbished, with exquisite furnishings and flint-colored tiling in the bathrooms. Pinewood floors, doors & cupboards are offset by white sheets and cream rugs. Expect enormous baths and walk-in showers, and a separate toilet in the bathroom. Outside, there are balconies with seats, a table, and a lounger offering dramatic mountain views.
On the slopes, this region has invested massively in a huge array of fun things for the kids to do. Wigwams, American Western-style villages, dragons breathing smoke, and monsters in caves are all hidden on the slopes. Even the magic carpet ski lift has animated Cinderella characters trying on shoes and depicting other fairytale scenes as you are transported past. This is a mini Disneyland in the snow for the kids (and the young at heart).
Off the slopes, the Schlosshotel Fiss doesn’t disappoint either, for the adults and the kids. The absolute highlight for kids at Schlosshotel Fiss is their “Splash Zone” waterslide pool, where children can get a thrill from whizzing down an enormous curly slide, complete with flashing lights and powerful jets of water. Even little kids are catered for in the Splash Zone with a babies’ pool, a shallow puddle full of toys, and fountains.
The pool area’s beauty is that the Splash Zone is a sealed-off pool next door to the quieter and more sophisticated adult infinity pool. The infinity pool area is extravagant and peaceful, the best I’ve seen in the alpine mountains. Inside the pool area are numerous comfy loungers to relax on, and the room and pool are deliciously warm. Beyond the pool, the facilities are almost endless, with an enormous spa area offering treatments, an adults’ relaxation area, and a sauna area along with a family relaxation area and sauna.
The food is also brilliant at Schlosshotel Fiss. Breakfast is lavish with everything you could wish for, from salads and fruits to pastries and muffins to cereals, sushi to juices, including numerous multivitamin options. There is an exclusive egg chef who will do your eggs as you wish, and of course, being a luxury hotel, there is plenty of champagne for breakfast if you want to start the day with a glass.
The afternoon buffet is also generous and almost rude in volume, with vats of delicious homemade pasta, pizza, salads, trays of hot and cold meats, and the deserts… apple strudel, a million chocolate, and black forest gateau type cakes, custards (both vanilla and chocolate) and every soft drink you can think of.
There’s a large and stylish bar area for pre and post-dinner drinks in the evening, which is decked out with candles. Bar prices for a luxury hotel are surprisingly low, with a bottle of Heineken coming in at just €4 EUR, and if you like wine, there is a complimentary wine tasting most evenings. Another nice feature is the live music in the hotel bar most evenings.
The restaurant deservedly has two stars, 78 points, and two bottles in the Austria à la carte 2009 gourmet guide. The hotel itself is a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice winner from 2017, although I can’t imagine why it doesn’t win every year.
Schlosshotel Fiss is definitely a five-star luxury hotel. I can’t imagine there is a hotel in the Alps that does more to amuse children, with the “Splash Zone,” their own food buffet, a kids’ club, a cinema room, a teens’ area with a pool table, and a bunch of consoles for playing computer games. The dining is fantastic for the entire family. The staff are welcoming, efficient, and kind. With the lift that takes you directly to the ski slope, ski hotels don’t get better than this.
5. Almhof Schneider, Lech, Austria
Lech in Austria can be reached by train from Innsbruck or Zurich airports. The nearest station is Langen Am Alberg or St Anton Am Alberg. It’s then around a 20-minute taxi ride to the resort.
The Almhof Schneider is one of the best ski hotels in the world. It is also located in one of the best spots in Lech. It is ski-in, ski-out, and only a few steps from the village, where you can enjoy apres-ski in the classy but lively bars, buy designer wear from Strolz or pick up essentials from the village pharmacy or supermarket.
The style of this hotel is a modern ultra-luxe chalet. Luxury hotels simply don’t get better than this, and from the moment you step inside, every member of staff tries to make your stay as easy as possible for you, from unpacking your ski gear to bringing you whatever you want, whether it’s on the menu or not.
The food here is exquisite, and the staff are warm. I particularly love the large windows that look down over twinkling Lech from the restaurants and bar. If you come here in the low season, you will be served the hotel menu (which is AMAZING) in the fine dining restaurant area, which is a real treat. In high season, the main menu is served in the main restaurant, which is larger.
Bedrooms here are a mass of pines and dark woods but are decorated in a modern style. Walls and ceilings are pine-clad, floors are dark wood, and luscious chocolate-colored rugs keep your feet cozy. There is so much high-end detailing in this hotel. Every piece of furniture has been carefully selected. Lamps are often made of reindeer horns, thick blackout curtains complement the pine walls, and fresh, high thread count, crisp white linens match the snow outside.
The bathrooms here are also beautifully designed in creamy marble with delicious AESOP amenities, which means that your body and hands always smell of Christmassy oranges when you stay. AESOP is also the only hand and body cream that works for my skin in the dry alpine air. It sounds silly, but the Almhof Schneider has even got the perfect choice of toiletries. It is this attention to detail that keeps their loyal repeat guests.
All the bedrooms are extravagant, and our room, room 103, was no exception. It had a separate bedroom and a lounge with a roaring fire, which my son loved throwing logs on. The hall area (yes, our room had a hall) was an ideal place to stow your bags and hang your clothes. Previously, we have stayed in 2 other rooms at this gorgeous hotel, and they have all been brilliant. Even the base rooms here are fabulous, and of course, you get the same breakfast and evening meal here, whichever room you choose.
Back to the food… There is one of the best breakfast buffets imaginable in the morning, smoked salmon and meats with around 15 homemade accompaniments. Loads of muesli and cereal choices, including choco pops for the kids, plus salad items and cheeses. Eggs made to order are brought to the table, and there is a patisserie tray with the most delicious homemade patisseries, including home-made muffins and patisseries stuffed with cinnamon and apple, all so good that you feel obliged to take one or two back to the room to scoff once your stomach accepts food again.
In the evening, the food can only be described as exquisite and is delivered in one of the classiest fine dining restaurants I have experienced. Beautiful Alpine decor is complemented by generous Alpine flower arrangements (we had a lovely purple flower on our table) and six courses of deliciousness. The additional option is to order something different if the menu doesn’t take your fancy. It is one of the few menus that I have come across where the food is more beautiful and tastes even better than it sounds in the menu description.
Also within the hotel is a stylish pool and spa, a smoking room with a pool table, a kids club, an impressive spa, a ski room, and as the hotel is ski in, and ski out, there is nothing more you could want or need. We tend to stay here towards the start and the end of the main season when the rates are cheaper. Even in the low season, the rates are expensive, but you get what you pay for, and you simply won’t find a better ski hotel in the Alps. Almhof Schneider is paradise on alpine slopes. Ski perfection.
Book a room at Almhof Schneider via our luxury travel concierge and get brilliant extra benefits at no extra cost.
6. Aurelio Hotel, Lech
Aurelio in Lech is an Aman-style ski hotel in the Alps that also offers everything you could possibly want from a ski hotel. In fact, it is just up the hill from the Almhof Schneider, maybe a 2-minute walk. How can the two best ski hotels in the Alps (IMHO) be right next to each other?
At the Aurelio Lech, every room faces into the valley and across the slopes, and each balcony is bathed in sunshine throughout the day. The rooms themselves are uber-modern ski chalet style, with amazing and generous marble bathrooms with yummy Hermes Paris Un Jardin Sur Le Nil toiletries. A million little touches make this place special, such as chocolates and hankie packs in your ski locker, high-end lotions at your bedside to fight the mountain dryness, and breakfast served at any time you like.
The swish pool area, which is connected to the Spa, also hosts free fruit, water, teas, and nuts, just to keep you going between meals. If that’s not enough, the bowls of delicious Swiss chocolates dotted around this magnificent chalet are just too hard to resist between meals.
Hotel Aurelio is also expensive but worth every penny. You want for nothing, and in true Aman style (even though this isn’t actually an Aman-branded hotel), everyone knows who you are, and you never need to sign for your extras or mention your room number – they already know. Every room is awesome, the location is amazing in the middle of the main slope, and the food is innovative and award-winning.
Book a room at Aurelio via our luxury travel concierge and get brilliant extra benefits at no extra cost.
7. Gasthof Post, Lech
There is only one hotel in Lech where you can swim outside in a warm pool surrounded by snow (pictured above), and that is the gorgeous Gasthof Post in Lech. This hotel is favored by the Dutch Royal Family, who stay there every single year, and Pippa Middleton (Princess Kate’s sister) was a resident just days before we last stayed here.
The location is great, right on the main street, just a few buildings up from the main Strolz department store (the Harrods of ski shops), and the main restaurant looks out over the main street, so you can keep an eye on the activity. On warmer days, the superb bar opens up onto a sunny south-facing terrace where you can enjoy drinks and light bites alfresco.
When you stay, do request one of the rooms on floor 4 (the top floor, they start with 7) in the modern section of the hotel. You get beautiful high-beamed ceilings in these rooms, and in the summer, glass doors at the end of the corridor open up directly to the infinity pool area and garden, which is decked in loungers, which couldn’t be more convenient.
The spa and relaxation rooms are the absolute highlights at the Gasthof Post, set within a multi-million euro, sympathetic, glass-sided extension. Inside, you can enjoy a warm pine-clad resting room and a slopeside relaxation area looking out onto the pool and the slopes beyond. Of course, there is a gym for those who decide not to ski, looking out over snowy pine trees, a kids’ pool with a water slide, numerous jets, and a waterfall, along with a baby pool with mini fountains. Oh, and let’s not forget that infinity pool outside, which is so warm that you can float about as the snow falls and you don’t get cold. From my experience, this is the warmest hotel pool in Lech and the best!
In contrast to other hotels in Austria, the Gasthof Post seems to attract many refined British guests. Perhaps the Royal guests had spread the word, or perhaps we Brits are suckers for a water slide for our kids and a gorgeous outdoor infinity pool for a sophisticated swim? After all, is there anything more indulgent than bobbing about outdoors in a warm pool as snowflakes fall on your head?
8. Arlberg 1800
One of the most luxury hotels in one of the highest altitudes in the Arlberg region is Arlberg 1800. This luxury hotel makes up a large portion of this village and is located near the pinnacle of a mountain between Lech, Zurs, and St Anton. Skiing doesn’t come more snow-sure than this. You literally need to cross the road to board numerous lifts up the mountain and to the nursery slopes. From the mountain top, you can ski into St Anton.
The best time to visit St Christoph is always in the prime of winter, the end of January to early March, but prices are much cheaper at the start and end of the season, so we feel there is better value to be had in the lower season. Stay anytime from December, including some of January, and then April, when you can grab a bargain at this luxury hotel and throughout the hotels in this region.
St Christoph is a tiny village on the road between Lech and St Anton near the top of the Arlberg pass. It accesses the same pistes as its larger neighbor, St Anton. There’s a good nursery slope near the Sporthotel for beginners and a snowpark, terrain park, and halfpipe. Its lower slopes are ideal for beginners, while more advanced skiers have St Anton and Stuben’s ski area. With a resort altitude of 1800m, this is one of the highest hotels in the region.
The hotel itself is traditional in style. The lobby, main bar, and restaurant areas are a mass of dark wood beams and muted lighting. Dark wood and beams also clad the walls, and thick wood pillars separate the rooms up into more petite portions.
In the evenings, the atmosphere is wonderful. An enormous open fire in the center of the bar area radiates a warm glow throughout the room. It is the perfect place to enjoy an apres-ski beer or glass of wine.
Beyond the bar, the main restaurant serves an extensive multi-course dinner and a lovely breakfast. Each morning, the high-altitude chefs put on an extensive spread of fruits, cereals, yogurts, cheeses, meats, and bread along with hot options, including vats of delicious scrambled egg, bacon, sausages, and boiled eggs, and you could also order a la carte eggs if you prefer.
If you book half board, you also eat in this excellent restaurant each evening. The breakfast buffet area transforms into an elegant salad bar where you can select any salad imaginably and then add your own sauces. Specialties included homemade sauerkraut, cucumbers in a creamy sauce, potato salad, and numerous other alternatives. There are five more courses each night after the salad bar, including a starter, soup, main, cheese, and desserts.
The hotel itself has 88 rooms and suites, but we stayed in an ultra-luxury apartment called a chalet suite that was perfect for a larger family. Do not be afraid of renting an apartment here. The apartments here are much more luxurious than you would imagine when you think of a ski apartment or a ski chalet. All the apartments are finished like something out of Homes and Gardens magazine. They are truly stunning and feel brand new.
Arlberg 1800 is so high that it is often in the clouds (twice while we were there), but the staff’s warmth combined with the fireside ambiance provides a warm and welcoming haven in this extraordinary mountaintop setting.
9. Thurnhers Alpenhof, Zuers am Arlberg
For over 52 years, Thurnher’s Alpenhof has graciously offered family traditions, luxury, and l’art d’hospitalité on an international level. The hotel is located in Zürs, one of the world’s most exclusive skiing paradises.
Zürs is bleaker than Lech, with less of a village center and few trees to pretty up the barren slopes at the top of this mountain. But the hotel exudes warmth. It offers its guests exquisite antiques and artwork, highly comfortable rooms and suites, some with whirlpools or fireplaces, as well as an outstanding gourmet restaurant.
What better way could there be to start or round off an enjoyable evening than with a drink in our elegant piano bar? The pianist’s soft music accompanies the barkeeper as he shakes and stirs exclusive drinks and cocktails from all over the world. There is an excellent swimming pool, a Finnish Sauna, a Bio sauna, and a steam bath.
This is the only hotel in the Arlberg region with a free ski instructor. Plus, they can organize ski passes and take your skis to be ground and polished.
10. Kristiania Lech
This chocolate-box Chalet offers stunning views over the village of Lech in Austria’s famous Arlberg ski area. Kristiania Lech has a personal touch, contemporary works of art that change with the season and mingle with antiques in the chalet.
Rooms and suites are quirky and unique, with each designed around a different theme. Chefs deliver refined cuisine with roots in Austrian heritage, complemented by a stellar wine cellar housing the best in Austrian vintages.
Outside, guests are cosseted under duvets by day and fur blankets at night on terrace loungers and served vin chaud on side tables made of old skis that are objects d’art. The hotel is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which means you can book it on World Of Hyatt points.
You can read our more in-depth reviews of these hotels here:
Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels Near Innsbruck Airport
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