Believe it or not: Ski season is already in full swing. Think of endless runs, long walks in the creaking snow. The joy of slowly warming up cold feet after a day of skiing and warm Fondue nights with candlelight. Here are our favorite places to stay.
Schmelzhof, Lech am Arlberg
Sure, the Schmelzhof in the epicenter of skiing in Lech is a perfect refuge for good skiers. But it is also a very special one. Here, you stay right in the village, with a view of – probably – the best slopes in the Alps, and enjoy the hospitality of Gitti and Robert. Over the past few years, they have turned the house into a real hidden sanctuary for mountain lovers. In the morning there’s good music (“Goodmorning Life”) and freshly scrambled eggs, then you go out on the fantastic slopes and in the late afternoon you meet at the bar in your ski jumper and enjoy a true 5-star service with lots of family care.
The Schmelzhof also rents two large apartments, which are also suitable for larger families and groups. The Gartenlodge with 100sqm (very stylish) and the Arlberg Suite with 145sqm and three bedrooms. All information is available here.
Double rooms from 250 euros, high season from 320 euros per person including breakfast and dinner.
Booking & Contacts
Ullr House, Sankt Anton / Austria
The Ullr Haus is a new jewel in the center of the Austrian ski resort Sankt Anton. And we are really talking about the center here: The gondola (the Galzig-Bahn) that takes you to the huge ski area is right in front of the house. To be precise, the Ullr Haus is a hotel, but they also have a couple of serviced apartments upstairs. One of them is more like a presidential suite with its own sauna and large kitchen and dining area (and highly recommended). The house was designed by Munich-based designer Stefanie Thatenhorst, who really did a terrific job here. We visited the place twice and, well: Chapeau! Especially the lounge and restaurant areas on the first floor are as cozy as it can get. Sitting here in the evening you just want to stay in your new turtleneck sweater and enjoy a drink (or two) after a day of skiing. Or maybe go for a quick swim in the indoor pool downstairs.
And did we mention the gourmet dinner? We had the pleasure to taste it last winter, chef Michaels cooking skills are top-notch.
Doubles from 206,50 euro per person, apartment about 345 Euro.
Alte Arlbergstraße 2
6580 St. Anton am Arlberg
Ida Apartments, Sterzing / South Tyrol
The brand new Ida Apartments are the creation of Veronika & Daniel from Sterzing. The two new Pretty Hoteliers run the beautiful wine bar Vinothek Vinzenz in the middle of town, where you can also enjoy excellent food. (We were already allowed to dine here. Highly recommended!). Above the Vinothek they have recently opened a small hotel. The name: Haus am Turm. The rooms here: Cozy, with beautiful fabrics and stylish beds. And two houses further down, the two of them have had new apartments built into a historic building. Their name: Ida Apartments. It’s a good mix of old and new, stylish, and adapted to the surroundings and history of Sterzing. The advantage here, of course: You can cater for yourself, have your own modern kitchen with super elegant equipment. Highlight: The large Gothic Stube (see picture).
The small family ski area of Sterzing, the Rosskopf, can be reached via a gondola directly from the village.
The wine bar is of course open for the guests of the Haus am Turm and the Ida Apartments (best suited for those days when you don’t want to cook for yourself – for example on the day of arrival or departure).
Room in the Haus am Turm from 82 Euros per person and night including breakfast, the apartments at Ida Apartments are between 130 and 300 Euros depending on the season and size.
Bozen – South Tyrol / Italy
Haus am Turm
Bozen – South Tyrol / Italy
Wirts’ Hochalm, Kitzbühel / Austria
Currently the most spectacular skiing lodge in the whole alpine region. Why? Because on the one hand it’s located right in the middle of the Jochberg / Kitzbühel skiing region, on the other hand it’s smack bang in the middle of the wilderness. There are sleeping possibilities for up to six guests, two larger bedrooms, one small for kids. Because the Hochalm owners also run the “Bärenbadalm“ restaurant just up the mountain, you will have your evening meal delivered via Skidoo (by the boss Oswald himself).
From 600 Euro per night for two including breakfast and dinner (brought with the skidoo).
Booking & Contact
Katharina & Oswald Hochfilzer
Jochberg / Kitzbühel
Tel: +43 664 8554311
Liondes Chalets, St. Vigilio / South Tyrol (Italy)
Liondes consists of five newly built chalets and a main house, where the reception and another holiday apartment are located. The individual chalets are very pretty and spacious, on the ground floor you find a very well equipped kitchen and a cozy living room, on the lower floor (which leads to the garden) a sauna with relaxation room, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Perfect for large families or friends who want to share a house.
The Liondes Chalets are located next to the Miara Train, which leads directly to the ski area. Running time: approx. 25 seconds. And the little town of St. Vigilio is a hidden gem for alpine skiers, with a lot of traditional Italian restaurants and little shops.
Chalet for 6 persons from 690 Euro per night, the apartment can be rented from 216 Euro per night.
Booking & Contacts
Str. Plan de Corones, 21
39030 S. Vigilio BZ
Guarda Val, Lenzerheide / Switzerland
The “Maiensässhotel” Guarda Val certainly is one of the most exclusive and, above all, most beautiful places to stay in the Swiss ski resorts. Although it is a kind of “luxury resort”, it has nothing in common with the 5-star hotels that you might know from Sankt Moritz or Gstaad. It is rather a small village, just outside the grandiose ski resort of Lenzerheide, which after all lies at a snow-sure 1,600 meters above sea level. It consists of a total of eleven houses from different eras. We really fell in love with their comfortable furnishings. You never feel as if you are in a hotel. At Guarda Val you have to highlight their service – it is outstanding. We have rarely felt so well taken care of. During the skiing season, there is a shuttle to the lifts. Returning to the hotel is possible via your skis.
There are two restaurants on the premises, one of which (the Gourmet Restaurant Guarda Val) is decorated with a Michelin star. You can choose between four, five or six courses – or order individual dishes from the gourmet menu. It is a true experience.
Doubles from 385 Euro per night for two including breakfast.
Booking & Contacts
Maiensäss-Hotel Guarda Val
Voa Sporz 85
Niederthalerhof Chalets, Brixen / South Tyrol / Italy
One of the most beautiful tiny chalet villages. On their farm, the so called Niederthalerhof, the Stablum family have put together a real architectural sanctuary. The chalets have a wonderful room layout, great views to the Brixen valley and don’t cost an arm and a leg. A further advantage for ski-crazy families: the family friendly ski region Plose starts just five minutes from the Niederthalerhof – gorgeous!
Chalet for two people from 120 Euro (for the whole chalet), the two large ones cost about 220 Euro per night.
Booking & Contact
39042 Bressanone BZ
Haus Hirt, Bad Gastein / Austria
Fairytale property directly in Bad Gastein. Haus Hirt is colorful and not perfect, it is situated on a slope, someone is always scurrying around in the corridors and the guests are mostly families who would also invite each other to a barbecue.
All creative people and middle-aged families, i.e. 30 to 55, with or without children, who love healthy food and a perfect dinner setting. You can ski directly on the local mountain Stubnerkogel, or up in Sportgastein.
Bad Gastein / Austria
+43 6434 27970
Woodridge Chalets, Werfenweng / Austria
One of our favorite chalet villages around the world. Why? Because in the Woodridge Chalets you live in cozy Canadian log cabins, without much ballyhoo. The individual cabins are very comfortable and are located on the hillside in the middle of the Salzburger Land mountains. The skiing area is on the doorstep so to speak. Size of the chalets: From one bedroom to 5 bedrooms for the extended family, everything is available. In total there are 12 cabins.
Little Beaver from 245.- Euro per night.
Almidylle Chalets, Sankt Martin im Tennengebirge / Austria
The ideal starting point for a week in the great outdoors. The two chalets are located completely isolated in a small forest, three minutes above the small village of Sankt Martin near Salzburg. Both chalets have just been newly built, are identical in size and each has three bedrooms and a private sauna. They are also very comfortable.
The ski area of the Ski Amadé ski alliance is practically around the corner. With only one ski pass, 860 kilometers of slopes are at your disposal.
The whole chalet costs in winter from 380 Euro (Christmas and New Year’s Eve 460 euros). Including welcome snack with regional products. Final cleaning 150 Euro.
Booking & Contacts
Marlene Habersatter & Christoph Farmer
5522 St. Martin am Tennengebirge
quartier Lodges, Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Germany
The quartier lodges are located directly in the center of Garmisch. The 16 lofts are an architectural marvel extending perfectly to the main house. Sitting in front of the window, you spot the Alpspitze and parts of Germanys highest mountain, the Zugspitze. The suites on the second floor offer about 32 square meters of space, the lofts on the second floor are all two-story – with gables up to 6 meters high. Highlight: Everything is built of solid wood, you feel comfortable immediately. There`s also a vacation apartment, which is in the old building in the main house on the top floor.
The place is located in the middle of the town. Good to know: The Sankt-Martin Strasse is one of the more frequented streets of the town, especially in winter. But due to the triple glazing noise is not much of an issue. On the plus side, the local mountain and the Alpspitze / Kreuzeck cable car are only a few minutes away by car or ski bus.
In the building there is also one of the best organic restaurants in town, with products hailing from the region and on the menu featuring many vegetarian dishes.
Booking & Contacts
quartier – Lofts, Tagesbar, Forum
+49 8821 9646482
Some more recommendations for skiing aficionados
For the lovers of the fancy and sporty ski area of Sankt Moritz, we recommend our three member houses in the Engadin valley: Chesa Salis (located in Bever, a neighboring village of Sankt Moritz. It is only 7 – 10 minutes to Celerina to the cable car to the Corviglia ski area).
Then there is the Chesa Stüva Colani – located in Madulain, about 15 minutes from the ski area. And the Villa Flor with only seven very stylish rooms in the small village of S-chanf near Zuoz. Villa Flor is the main address for art lovers, because owner and former art gallerist Ladina Florineth brings together many artists and art fans in her small sanctuary. In Zuoz itself you can also ski, but it is only a small area.
We also like to send sporty skiers and families to the Austrian village of Leogang. Those who want to ski during the day and eat well in the evening, stay at the historic Kirchenwirt 1326. Though the house which dates back to the ear 1326 is not located directly on the slopes, you enjoy your holiday a little off the beaten track in the historic village center (and in the most beautiful house). It only takes a few minutes to reach the gondolas by car or ski bus from here. Families who are in need of a kids club, indoor and outdoor pool, Japanese onsen pool and spa treatments, we would of course send to the Forsthofgut in Leogang. It has it all, even a car wash and a sushi restaurant. And it’s right next to the slopes. You really start in front of the house.
All this, but without a sushi restaurant, is also available at Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals am Großglockner. They also offer chalet houses – ideal for families. The Grossglockner ski area can be reached by gondola from the village of Kals, which lies slightly below the large resort.
Those who are fine with a small family ski area (for example, to take the children to ski lessons and do a few ski tours or hikes themselves) should book the Schmiedhof in the Bavarian village of Geitau. The house is brand new, has eleven very nice flats and is only 5 minutes away from the Sudelfeld ski area.
Always on our list is the Stanglwirt in Going am Wilden Kaiser. At the Stanglwirt you will hardly miss anything. From wellness, tennis and riding hall, indoor and outdoor pools and kids club you will find everything in this alpine resort. However, you have to hurry up with bookings. Even though the hotel has 160 rooms, it is always fully booked. The ski resorts near the Stanglwirt: Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser and Kitzbühel.
In addition to the Alpenlofts in Bad Gastein (see above), we can also recommend the two hotels Miramonte and Alpenlofts. With it’s casual music evenings at the bar, Miramonte is probably more suitable for the younger ones, whereas at Alpenlofts you rent your own chalet ideally with some more people.
An insider tip in South Tyrol would also be our new member Niedermairhof B&B in Bruneck. You stay in cozy rooms and are from here directly and quickly in the ski area Kronplatz.
A favorable option for families would also be the farms of the farmhouses of Roter Hahn. The beautiful Oberbinderhof, for example, is located in Sankt Lorenzen, which is only 10 minutes from Bruneck and the Kronplatz ski area.
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