My wife and I stumbled upon the Burg Hotel a couple of years ago when we were staying in Lech and decided to have a meal in Oberlech. We chose the Burg and had a wonderful meal there. We decided, then, to stay at the Burg on our next trip the following year. We have just returned from our second memorable stay at the Burg and wanted to share some of our experience.
We are not great skiers - probably early intermediate level - and the Lech skiing area is fantastic for sharpening your skills with top quality, friendly instructors. Most of the ski area seems to be targeted at early to mainstream imtermediate level but the beginner facilities and nursery slopes are great. The pistes are not at all crowded and preparation is excellent. The blue / red slopes are mainly cruising slopes but there are challenging sectors if you want them. I have been to Lech 3 times now and although I am starting to get to know the slopes, there is still plenty that I haven't yet seen / done.
The towns of Lech / Oberlech are beautiful. Very European, very Alpine in style and having great charm. The buildings are traditional Alpine in style, with sloping roofs and wonderful wood. Most of the town is built along the annoyingly busy road, and is a great place for a stroll after dinner. Although a lovely place, Lech is very limited in shopping and off piste activities and so may not be suitable for non-skiers.
Oberlech, about 400 mtrs up the slope by cable car, is one of the most magical places I have ever been. There are no cars, just a small cluster of top quality hotels built up the slopes. Going for a walk after dinner is one of the most romantic things I can think of. There is no traffic, very few people and the only noise is the crunch of feet on freshly groomed snow...perfect! The slopes lead directly to the hotels and you can ski-in and out down the slope to Lech.
The Burg Hotel sits in a prime location, opposite the ski school and the Petersboden Lift and cable car. It is quite simply one of my favourite hotels anywhere in the world. It is built with traditional rustic charm, dark wood on the outside and georgous golden wood on the inside. Almost all rooms have a balcony overlooking the slopes and vith awe inspiring views of the peaks on the other side of the valley.
From the moment you walk through the door you know this is a top quality hotel. the warmth of the welcome is surprising for someone used to travelling quite a bit and is very very genuine. Everyone at this hotel cares about you and ensuring that you are enjoying your stay. Mr and Mrs Lucien (the owners) are always around ensuring that the high standards are maintained. They will call at your breakfast table or dinner table to ensure that everything is perfect.
Our room (last year a Comfort double) was a Luxury double - it had a massive walk in wardrobe, excellent bathroom and a very spacious bedroom with sofa, flat screen tv + DVD, south facing balcony and a lovely open fire. It was very very comfortable.
We had booked on a half board basis and usually this fills me with dread but not at the Burg. The food is simply incredible!! It is the kind of food I would expect to receive at a Michelin starred restaurant rather than as part of a half board package. The salad bar provides a great choice and is unbelievably fresh. The ingredients for the starter, soup and main courses are of the highest quality and cooked beautifully. The menus are imaginative, extremely well executed and of perfect proportions. The wine list is very impressive with a number of fine and rare wines. We decided to sample on Austrian wines during our stay and very not disappointed - these are underrated, incredibly good value wines of superb quality.
The waiting staff arer friendly, knowledgeable, professional and attentive. Gerald, who was our waiter for most of the stay was a star. Jacqueline who took good care of us during the fantastic breakfasts was so friendly, it made struggling down to the restaurant on aching legs worthwhile!
The hotel has a really good spa area, with pool, sauna, treatment rooms offering massage, facials, etc etc. The beauty menu also offers some unusual treatments.
All in all I cannot praise this hotel too highly - it is a joy to return there each year and a torture to leave. We are already planning our next trip and wouldn't even think about going anywhere else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family friendly 4-Star-Superior BURG Hotel Oberlech is situated in Lech am Arlberg between Tirol and Vorarlberg in Austria at 1,660 meter (1,03 miles) above sea level. Surrounded by the mountains of the Alps it is the perfect spot for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, golf, tennis, wellness and much more. With the legendary skiing resort "Lech-Zuers in Arlberg" one footstep from the hotel away you can enjoy your skiing holidays in one of Austria's largest and most luxurious skiing resorts. After a beautiful skiing day in the Mountains of the Alps you can have a drink or two at our BURG Ice-Bar, one of Lech's Apres Ski hotspots. Or you just visit our 1.200 M² large SPA Area and relax in an oasis for the senses, in which our professional beauty and wellness team will pamper you head to toe. During spring, summer and fall the Arlberg region is perfect for hiking in the mountains of Tirol and Vorarlberg as well as numerous other sports activities. The BURG Hotel features an own tennis court as well as hiking guides, personal fitness trainers, golf trainers and much more. Additional features and services are our free child care, high-speed Wi-Fi internet, a well arranged wine cellar with over 1000 varieties of wine from all regions, free access to all running cable cars and chairlifts during summer, etc.The Hotel also features a congress center with 6 seminar rooms in different sizes for up to 60 seats each. The fabulous location on top of the alps is also a very popular spot for marriages. Feel one day like the star in "Sound of Music" when you stand in front of the "Kriegeralpe" Chalet, which is also connected to the BURG Hotel in Oberlech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Burg Hotel Lech