Luxury Ski Hotels in Austria

by Patrick M. Lind
Winter mountain landscape in Austria

Winter mountain landscape in Austria

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A typical Austrian ski resort is a small village located near a larger ski area that offers a plethora of recreation and entertainment options, like ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding and cross-country skiing, in addition to downhill skiing. Most of these villages offer a variety of luxury lodging facilities, with upscale amenities and perks like half-board options with multi-course dinners.

Hotel Hochgurgl

Hotel Hochgurgl is in Austria’s highest ski resort, and the traditional country-style building opens to a homey interior with wooden wall paneling, ceiling beams, open fireplaces and colorful rugs. Bright colors, plush furniture, handcrafted Austrian decor and paintings create a comfortable ambiance in rooms and suites; some rooms include private balconies and open fireplaces. The on-site spa area with indoor swimming pool, steam bath, sauna, gym and whirlpool offers recreation possibilities. Three restaurants including a fondue restaurant, a cafe with panoramic terrace and an apres-ski bar serving regional specialties. Further hotel amenities include heated skiing equipment storage, ski and snowboard rentals, a skiing school and a kids club.

Trofana Royal

Situated in the heart of Ischgl, the hotel Trofana Royal gives its guests easy access to one of Austria’s biggest ski resorts. The hotel features a sophisticated interior that combines a classic elegance with rustic country home elements. Wooden ceiling paneling, hardwood floors, oriental rugs, plush furniture and selected paintings decorate the common rooms and lead to the 112 rooms and suites. Guests can choose between a homey design with wooden furniture and country-style patterns or a genuine white modern setting with natural wood and designer furniture. All rooms include state-of-the-art amenities and a private balcony. Culinary facilities include two gourmet restaurant with historic dining rooms and a cafe with a panoramic terrace. The wellness area features an indoor-outdoor water park with saunas, steam bath, thermal baths and whirlpools.

Arlberg Hospiz St. Christoph

Hotel Arlberg Hospiz St. Christoph the Arlberg ski resort in west Austria dates to the 14th century, when it was home to the St. Christoph congregation. The hotel’s historic facade leads to a classic country home interior. Open fireplaces, wooden wall paneling and plush furniture with colorful patterned textiles decorate the 88 rooms and suites. All rooms come with marble bathrooms, panoramic views of the mountains and state-of-the-art amenities. The on-site wellness area with indoor pool, steam bath and gym encourages relaxation after a day of skiing. Three restaurants serve Austrian and Mediterranean gourmet cuisine and an international wine collection.

Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof

The small luxury hotel Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof welcomes guests in the center of the Arlberg ski resort. The classic alpine country house is decorated in an artsy design combining country elements with modern ones. Guests sleep in elegant rooms and suites that come with high-tech amenities. Plush furniture, antiques, abstract paintings and cactus plants add to their warm and welcoming atmosphere. Mornings at the hotel start with a complimentary breakfast buffet before guests can head onto the ski runs or relax in the spa area with indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath and fitness room. At night, guests can dine in the on-site gourmet restaurant or enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel’s large wine cellar.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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