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Pamper Yourself at The Die Krone Von Lech

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  Site Where: 6764 Lech am Arlberg, Lech am Arlberg, Austria, 6764
March 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM | by | ()

This week we will be bringing you a special series from contributor Carolyn Banfalvi on the most luxe Alpine hotels in Austria. If you ever fancied a "Sound of Music" getaway, here's how to do it without taking the Vow of Poverty. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Lech and Zürs, two neighboring towns in Austria’s Vorarlberg region, are among the country’s most fashionable ski resorts. Skiers love the ski pass system here, in which passes are valid on a huge network of lifts spanning several towns.

Zürs is solely a ski town, with no actual residents just a row of hotels, which is why the more year-round Lech attracted me more. Lech, too, has tons of hotels, and the central Die Krone Von Lech is one of its stand-outs.

An attached outdoor bar with portable heaters blasts loud music while skiers stand around sipping après ski drinks. Inside the hotel is one of the town’s loveliest lobbies, with vases of flowers everywhere.

Owned by the same family since 1869, parts of the building date back to the 17th century. Some of the 57 rooms have views of the slopes and they’re all decorated with elegant traditional painted wood furniture and colorful linens. The rooms are so pretty that you may just decide to watch the skiers from your window instead of joining them.

The hotel’s lobby, restaurant, and cozy bar really reflect the age of the building, with enormous wood ceiling beams running across. The small stube (bar), the oldest part of the building has its original wood walls and ceilings.

Of course, like all good Alpine hotels, there’s a fabulous spa, which you can smell as soon as you enter the front door. The two-level spa is large for a hotel of this size, with a decent-sized pool, herbal saunas and steam baths, Kneipp foot baths, an outdoor whirlpool, ten treatment rooms for massages and beauty treatments, and more. The therapists swear by the local mineral water that spurts from a fountain.

Rooms start at 185 euros or $231.

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