The Goldener Berg is a hotel that tries very hard (and delivers). On arrival the delightful reception staff did not stay behind their desk but came out to shake hands and pour a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The food in the main restaurant is really excellent, with a thoroughly generous cheese board. Mrs Pfefferkorn comes round every evening to each table to speak. When we went to look at the spa the gentlemen behind the desk immediately showed us around. The beds are comfortable and the daily service very thorough. It is all very well run indeed.
Why not 5 stars for the review? Well, this is for two reasons. First, although we'd booked a suite we found our room to be quite small. To be fair the square footage is given in the brochure so there is full disclosure, but it is not always easy to translate figures to actual impression - and it was meant to be a suite so we just assumed more. The bedroom had enough room for a bed but with very little room around it and the sitting area was small with a low ceiling. Second, we felt the bar area lacked any atmosphere. Perhaps it was the guests who all just looked a bit grumpy in the bar, but we felt there was a lack of personality. One evening we walked down to the Berg Hotel and had a beer in the bar there, where the barman made an effort to have a chat and it seemed to have a bit more pzazz.
Things to note/be aware of:
- there is a ski hire shop at the local Berg hotel and they will deliver the skis to the hotel as well as collect at the end of the stay.
- the 'dine around' option is a bit strange because, contrary to our assumption that it meant going to other hotels, in fact it means dining in two of the separate restaurant areas within the hotel or popping across to the Alte Goldener Berg (on a set menu). The food is (as above) very good indeed and a lot of effort goes into it.
- the wine is pretty expensive.
All in all a very nice stay in Oberlech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at 1,700 metres above sea level on a plateau high above Lech, this family-run hotel of the 4-star superior category is directly at the slopes of the Arlberg ski area, which is the biggest skiing resort in Austria. Hotel Goldener Berg offers modern rooms and suites with Alpine charm, which combine a cosy ambience with luxurious furnishings.With its large windows and natural materials such as granite and wood, the 500 m² Alpin Spa offers a very natural ambience. Here you will find an outdoor Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, various saunas and relaxation rooms, a fitness room, and a beauty and massage department. There you will be pampered with beauty products made from edelweiss from the hotel's own Almstern brand.Every evening Hotel Goldener Berg lets you choose from the culinary delights in 4 different restaurants. Half-board is possible at an additional cost and must be booked before arrival and for the entire stay. The wine cellar offers a wide selection of fine wines.In the mornings, afternoon and evenings the hotel offers professional child care in the Kids Club. Activities include children's shows, fashion shows, torchlight hikes, many sports and games, as well as lunch and dinner (children's buffet). Cribs and baby monitors are available.The 2 big panorama sun terraces afford beautiful views of the surrounding Lechtal Alps.The cable car, which operates until late at night, takes you to the centre of Lech in only 7 minutes.The ski school and a practice hill are only a few metres away from Hotel Goldener Berg. ... more less
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