Aurelio Lech Wins Editors' Choice Award for Best in Winter Travel (with video)
Aurelio Lech, the quaint boutique hotel nestled in the exclusive resort of Lech am Arlberg, is the winner of Luxist's Editors' Choice Award for Best in Winter Travel.
The hotel is located in Lech am Arlberg, in the Lech and Zürs area. One of Europe's finest skiing destinations, the area offers the glamour and glitz of Milan or Paris in the setting of a quaint mountain town. Packed with top-notch restaurants, stellar scenery and copious entertainment opportunities, the area dates back to the fourteenth century. Like many ski resorts in Austria – as opposed to ones in France and Switzerland – Lech and Zürs offers a slightly younger, more laid-back atmosphere.
Though the Aurelio Lech is located in an longtime ski village, it is new, only opening in December 2008. The hotel is well-equipped and provides all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel, from its gorgeous spa to the lovely indoor swimming pool where guests can relax after a hard day on the slopes.
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The resort offers two different spas, each with its own distinct flavor. The Spa at Aurelio Lech is a holistic day spa with exclusive treatments, a modern fitness center complete with the latest equipment and a personal coach, several indoor pools including an activity pool, an extensive thermal suite and a tranquil meditation center where guests relax in front of an open fire. The second spa is called "The Ski Spa" and features an herbal sauna, aroma vapor bath, cooling-off pool, blossom bath, adventure showers, Jacuzzi, Techno-Gym equipment and treatment rooms.
Guests rave about the hotel's two swimming pools, one of which is 23 meters in length---the largest and deepest swimming pool in Lech. Its staff receives the highest of praise, both for their friendly and professional manner, but also for being bi-lingual, which is a big plus for English-speaking visitors.
Aurelio Lech is described by its guests as sumptuous yet comfortable. Accommodations are luxurious and provide a similar experience to staying in an elegant private residence. Each of its nineteen bedrooms and suites were individually designed and offer cozy, chic and extravagent amenities, such as multi-media entertainment systems and the latest Internet technology that would impressed even the most techno-crazed guests. There are 14 deluxe double rooms and five suites and junior suites, all offering striking views of the snowy slopes. Rooms are designed with an elegant, yet contemporary style that evokes the Alpine style. French and African natural fabrics are used throughout, complimenting the stylish Asian wooden furniture. Also available for rent is "The Aurelio Club", which can be used exclusively as a chalet with nine rooms, its own spa, including a swimming pool, chimney room lounge and a separate meeting room.
Guests have two different restaurants at the hotel from which to choose, and can select either indoor or outdoor seating. The hotel's Restaurant Aurelio is an elegant, gourmet restaurant offering modern and traditional Austrian fare as well as international dishes. Its wine list is extensive and features many rare vintages. Its cellar also offers a wide selection of brandies and Armagnacs, some of which are more than a century old.
The hotel's butler and concierge service makes sure each guest is well-attended to and able to enjoy all of the wonderful activities the area has to offer. The concierge will arrange, for example, a variety of activities, from heli-skiing and heli-boarding in the Arlberg Mountains, to paragliding or a horse-drawn sleigh ride. In addition to Nordic and alpine skiing, the area offers Nordic walking, tobogganing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and much more. Guests rave about the convenience of having their Aurelio Lech room keys double as ski lift passes.
Aurelio Lech's staff includes professional instructors and fully certified ski guides. Established in 1925, the nearby Lech Ski School offers a well-regarded children's program. The slopes around Lech offer 276 km of ski slopes and 180 km of powder ski runs. Lech has a strictly enforced limit on the number of ski passes that are issued each day to prevent overcrowding. Everyone who stays in the village of Lech---which includes Aurelio Lech guests---are guaranteed a pass for the duration of their stay.
Rates for a deluxe double room range from 675 euros to 1,500 euros per night, depending on the date; while suites range from 900 euros to 2,200 euros a night. A video of the hotel can be viewed here.