AUSTRIA, Lech - Hotel Gotthard 4*

24/01/2022

Stylish mountain family hotel in one of the most luxurious alpine resorts in Austria

Address: Hotel Gotthard, Omesberg 119, Lech am Arlberg, Austria

Web: www.gotthard.at 

The Arlberg region is considered the cradle of alpine skiing. Hannes Schneider introduced a revolutionary skiing technique known as the Arlberg Ski School. In 1937, the first ski lift was built in Zürs in Austria and in St. Anton you could take a ski cable car for the first time.

The Lech-Zürs am Arlberg ski area is the largest ski area in Austria and the fifth largest in the world. You can use one skipass to all connected ski areas - St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Oberlech, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken. You can go 300 km of slopes, 200 km of freerides, seduce with 88 cable cars and lifts and you can go around the famous Der Weisse Ring or Run of Fame. In this ski area there are mostly forest-free bare terrains, so when it blows, it's not very good, we were lucky, January was like March. The slopes here are always well groomed with plenty of snow.

Lech - Zürs is also a luxurious and very expensive ski area by Austrian standards. The area is full of luxury hotels, which are hidden behind the facades of traditional alpine mountain buildings. Here you will find luxury brands and many restaurants and bars.

So where to stay here to spend the best vacation? Try Hotel Gotthard.

Hotel Gotthard

Hotel Gotthard in Lech is a traditional family alpine hotel, run by several generations of the Walch family. Guests like to return here and gradually become friends. We only heard German and English speaking clients here.

What I would mention as the highlights of this hotel (the best) is the location, beautiful large rooms, great wellness, great food, own bakery and patisserie and beware! For beer lovers - own brewery! In addition, you do not have to pay for ski passes, they will issue them to you directly at the hotel. Email communication was also quick and helpful. All staff always smiling and kind.

Position

Hotel Gotthard consists of two interconnected buildings and is within walking distance (yes, even in ski boots) from the cable car that takes you above the hotel (you can go around The White Ring) or the chair lift on the opposite slopes (a short distance away is the cabin ), where there are many great slopes. We skied mainly here, because you can't get straight down from the cabin above the hotel, you have to go around Zürs. It was nice that in January, when there was enough snow, they did not clear the sidewalks to dryness, there was a layer of groomed snow so walking in ski boots was much better than on bare asphalt. There is a grocery store directly opposite the hotel and many restaurants, bars and luxury clothing and jewelry shops nearby. The hotel has both a small outdoor car park and free underground garages, and if you have an electric car with the right terminal (Mennekes), you can also charge it here.

Rooms

The hotel has several types of rooms, from single and double to family, and even different levels. We had a room Double room superior No. 306 on the third floor under the roof (elevator is here), with a balcony and a view of the town and the slopes, it was a bomb! In my opinion, this view is much better than in the garden. Although the hotel is right at the main road through Lech, it was quiet. Almost nothing runs here at night and the windows seal perfectly. At night, the town shines beautifully, as in a snowy Christmas fairy tale.

The Double room superior room had a large comfortable bed with very comfortable bedding, and a large velvet couch with an armchair and a footstool, another 2 armchairs with a table were on the balcony. The room was really big, 28 m2. The plush carpet was great. The room was lined on one side with wood, perfect mountain atmosphere.

A bottle of spring local water, fruit and sweets was prepared to welcome you. So, as a beer lover, I personally would rather welcome a beer from a hotel brewery as a welcome drink, but it still pleased me. The room has a minibar (for a fee), large satellite TV, many sockets, wifi is a matter of course. Personally, I would be grateful for an electric kettle offering tea and coffee when one comes frozen from the slopes.

I was directly excited about the big closets, we each had our own. A cloth bag with the hotel logo was prepared in the closet (and we thank you very much for that, because we really didn't take the wellness bag), and there were slippers and bathrobes. In the closets you will also find a safe and other small items. There are also coat hangers at the door.

The bathroom and toilet were separate, which I consider a very happy solution, especially if there are more people in the room. I was pleased with natural herbal cosmetics without parabens. Hand soap, body and hair shampoo, hair conditioner and body lotion were available. Everything replenished daily. I missed the vanity kit (make-up tampons and ear sticks, but I always prefer to carry mine). There was also a hairdryer and a bathtub and a large enough storage area for cosmetics, which I praise.


So the rooms are great, beautiful, like new and we go to the wellness.

Wellness

The hotel has rightly won an award for a wellness hotel. Everything looked new. Luxurious pool large enough to swim, comfortable soft loungers, plenty of towels, water for refreshments. Directly from the pool was the entrance to the family sauna, I deduced that there may be because of the children in swimsuits, there was a Finnish sauna with shower and exit outside, where there was a pile of snow and you could probably jump an arrow, to entertain others by the pool, which had a view here.

Separately is the sauna world, marked as the naked zone, so here without a swimsuit. Beautiful new premises again. You could enjoy the infrared sauna, the Finnish sauna, the bio sauna and the steam sauna, the ice sidewalk and two beautiful relaxation rooms with comfortable luxury loungers. You could refresh yourself with hot tea (I would appreciate a larger selection of herbal teas that were found at breakfast) or water. Plenty of towels, and we were there almost alone. It was even possible to have a beer brought from the hotel brewery.

Food

I definitely recommend half board. Breakfast was on quite high level. You can choose from a variety of salamis, hams and cheeses, fruits, vegetables, cereals (several different vegetable milks are also available). A wide range of teas, coffee from the machine, including variants with milk, yoghurts, spreads, scrambled eggs, bacon, even smoked salmon. Prosecco was only on Sunday, it's a pity :) What a hotel of this level should definitely improve was the juice. Only tasteless colored water flowed from Rauch's postmix. I would expect 100% orange juice here. What was absolutely luxurious for everyone was the pastry from our own bakery. Fresh, crispy buns of various kinds, breads, and pastries. Some other things, such as omelets, was possible to order at the table. It would be nice if these additional items to order were listed in the menu on the table so that we knew what to choose from, or if this food was paid extra.

Dinner, so it was a masterpiece for 2 hours of consumption. You choose main course and dessert for dinner. First you will enjoy 4 starters, all served - crispy pastry with homemade spread, vegetable salad, appetizer, soup, some of the main dishes (one dish was vegetarian, the other fish, the third meat) and dessert you can choose either sweet or salty (cheese) . You pay for drinks at dinner.

Other hotel facilities

We have never seen such a modern ski room as they had here. Each room had its own locker, where there were dryers for ski boots, gloves, and helmets, and of course place for skis. So you didn't have to take all to the room, and it was beautifully warmed every morning.

The hotel also has an underground garage, a small fitness center, a children's corner, billiards, a mini brewery, a bakery, a restaurant for the non-accommodated and a bar.


My recommendation

- if you want to go skiing in one of the best and largest Austrian resorts and you don't mind paying for quality, definitely visit Lech and the premium Hotel Gotthard, you won't regret it! We went around several resorts where we had valid ski pass, and the town of Lech is by far the most beautiful, as well as has the best slopes. It certainly has the most slopes in the sun (there are high mountains around all the resorts, the sun shines only minimally somewhere) and the most refreshment places.

- choose a room on the top floor with the best view

- buy a ski pass directly at the hotel

- park for free in the underground garages

- visit the beautiful wellness area with swimming pool and saunas

- taste homemade beer Omes and pastries

- take half board and indulge yourself to a multi-course menu

- and enjoy your stay!

My rating - 9 out of 10

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