As the gateway to the region, there’s a reason why the village of St Anton am Arlberg is considered the epicentre of winter sports. Outstanding snow conditions and state-of-the-art cable cars and lifts invite visitors from near and far to relish the slopes of Valluga and Rendl, before soaking up the village’s electric après-ski scene.
St Anton’s hotels offer a unique dynamism which glorifies The Arlberg’s legendary scenery. From ski-in/ski-out boutiques to grand alpine chalets, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria (in no particular order)…
1. Mooser Hotel – a high-end, trendy and very Instagrammable winter-only hotel housed in a chalet-style building
The design-led Mooser hotel is a true testament to the wonders of Austrian construction and boasts St Anton’s finest après-ski space on its back doorstep.
This 17-room, ski-in/ski-out property offers a comprehensive array of upscale amenities, and invites guests to wake up to spectacular views of the alpine scenery.
Subtle luxuries are fitted to evoke a sense of pure bliss, including the heated shower benches and the cosy wooden balcony areas. The Bar offers a memorable à la carte dining experience, with a terrace presenting sweeping vistas of the stunning landscape.
The gorge and surrounding mountain ranges come into panoramic focus at the heated outdoor infinity pool, which is equipped with massage jets and a waterfall.
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2. Anthony’s Life&Style Hotel – a gorgeous and stylish boutique hotel that features a stunning modern design
Discover the alpine pastures and the sensations of nature at this enthralling St. Anton gem, which boasts a prime location just a stone’s throw from the ski lifts.
Streamlined wooden furnishings and open-plan slate bathrooms constitute the graceful guestrooms at Anthony’s Life & Style Hotel, a stunning accommodation which brings together a spa, a steakhouse, a sports bar, a café, and an Italian restaurant.
This is a place where contemporary elegance meets traditional charm, and luxury comfort is embodied wholeheartedly. The Happy Valley Steak & Shake restaurant serves American specialities, while the Italian restaurant uses authentic ingredients to offer an abundance of mouth-watering delights
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3. Hotel Lux Alpinae – a cute, cosy and romantic hotel that offers majestic alpine backdrop views
With its picturesque alpine backdrop, this contemporary 4-star retreat blends urban flair with extraordinary architecture, and offers a cool, hip restaurant to delight the senses.
Innovative and stylish in concept, the spacious south-facing guestrooms feature stunning views over the Rendl Mountain, and combine glass, wood, and concrete elements with lots of natural night to create a cosy cocoon.
Hotel Lux Alpinae is one of St. Anton’s most modern hotels, yet maintains that traditional welcoming feel that characterizes Austrian hospitality.
In terms of location, a short walk will take you to the pedestrianised centre of St. Anton and the Rendl Gondola, where you can take advantage of free ski and boot storage.
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4. Ullrhaus – a hip and Instagrammable hotel in St Anton which makes a perfect base for partying Millenials and Gen Zs
Ullrhaus is a refined refuge, perfect for year-round alpine adventures.
Sharing a nod to the great outdoors, this Nordic-inspired hotel is extraordinary both in design and environment and welcomes guests back from a day of skiing to a comfortable sanctuary nestled between high peaks and great descents.
Each of the 40 units are embellished with soft woollen fabrics and rustic textures of stone and wood, radiating a slower pace of life.
Soothing warmth caresses the soul in the Ullr Spa, which boasts a large indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, and a steam bath, and is a relaxing après-ski wellness experience.
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5. VAYA St Anton – a stylish and atmospheric boutique aparthotel located in a privileged location perfect for longer stays
Steeped in an air of modern alpine chic, the unobtrusive colours and natural materials which adorn Vaya St. Anton exude a feel-good ambiance.
The stylish living units are designed to enchant and complement the wooden hues with plush décor and state-of-the-art amenities, including everything you need for a self-catering vacation.
The on-site wellness area embodies the spiritual charm of the mountains and invites you to a blissful post-ski rejuvenation experience.
A vibrant bar area and a kids club also feature at this character-fused accommodation, offering spaces to suit families, friends, and couples alike. Powering the property’s dynamism is an amiable staff presence, which is always on hand to offer expert advice about the local area.
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6. Raffl’s St. Antoner Hof – a unique and wonderful upscale hotel with an award-winning gourmet restaurant
Here we have the most enigmatic 5-star retreat in St. Anton am Arlberg, situated a mere 3-minute walk from some of the world’s most famous ski runs.
Fuelled by a tradition of genuine hospitality borne by the passion and dedication of the Raffl family, The St. Atoner Hof offers a piece of Tyrol with a stunning individual style. The many extravagant designs and gaudy decorations are sprinkled with magical colours, flower-inspired hues, and a trademark Tyrolean cosiness.
Modern alpine food is served at the Fondue Restaurant, where eloquent attention to detail is reflected in all of the culinary offerings.
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7. Himmlhof – a charming and cosy chalet-style boutique hotel that was once a traditional farmhouse
Here we have a bespoke boutique hotel teeming with style and history, whose cosy flair has been preserved over the centuries.
Built in the 17th century as a traditional farmhouse, the Himmlhof has seen many re-imaginations and offers a sumptuous retreat in the heart of the mountains.
With its discreet luxury and the romance of a crackling fireplace, the hotel offers a unique energy, inspiring you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
The Tyrolean-style spa is a heavenly place of quietude, and boasts an aroma steam bath, a rock grotto cooling pool, and a rejuvenation space with a teak bed, among many organic relaxation areas.
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8. Hotel Grischuna – a trendy and chic chalet-style hotel that offers a distinctive upscale experience
Rejoice in alpine splendour at this elegant St. Anton hotel, which suffuses its eclectic ambiance with the glamour of plush décor and bespoke furnishings.
The stainless-steel heated infinity pool is the ultimate spot to relish mountain and valley views, and is accompanied by a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, and an infra-red basking bench. During the summer, this open-air wellness area serves vitamin-packed smoothies and champagne.
The open show kitchen serves Austrian classics and international dishes, in a venue that lends itself beautifully to a romantic dinner. The lavish lobby area offers a long-drink bar, serving hot drinks and finger food in a graceful atmosphere.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Grischuna
9. Das Bergschlössl – a charming ski-in/ski-out guesthouse with some quirky details and a pet-friendly policy
This quirky hotel is a distinctive addition to the St. Anton hospitality scene, with only 8 chalet-style rooms dressed in a unique, traditional flair.
Each room boasts an iMac station, while the bathrooms are decorated with handmade Delftware tiles and offer a graceful selection of chic appliances.
Set in the heart of St. Anton am Arlberg, the hotel offers a ski-in, ski out location, and received the award for ‘Best Hotel in the Mountains’ in 2013.
Each morning you can savour a delicious homemade breakfast, as you watch the hustle and bustle of the slopes from a delightful window-side table.
- To book, check prices or availability for Das Bergschlössl – very special
10. Valluga Hotel – a polished ski resort hotel that offers a free ski shuttle to the cable cars
Named after the highest mountain in St. Anton am Arlberg, Valluga Hotel combines Tyrolean charm with a modern Scandi style to bring an air of extravagance to the modern skier.
The hotel is centrally located with close access to the pedestrian shopping area, and boasts 26 cocooning rooms and suites topped with sparkling bathrooms, spacious balconies, and large comfy beds.
On site there is a wellness area which includes 4 saunas and thermal showers, as well as a large indoor pool, massage rooms, and a fitness room with Technogym equipment.
Guests can take advantage of the cross-country ski trails and a toboggan track which can be reached easily with a direct transfer from the hotel.
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11. Hotel Andino – a light and bright upscale alpine hotel that provides a variety of activities in the area
The two distant worlds of Tirol and Peru collide at this eclectic mountain resort, which is lovingly decorated with traditional furnishings telling the stories of Austrian pioneers and discoveries in the Andes.
This cultural fusion attracts annual returning visitors to Hotel Andino, where they can rest blissfully in modern guestrooms that seamlessly blend Old Tyrolean wood with handcrafted Peruvian textiles.
The on-site dining hot spots invite you to indulge in a relaxed ambiance as you savour Hispanic culinary delights, while an emphasis on wellness and vitality is an ever-present feature of the charming spa area. The hotel’s prime location puts you only a few steps from the train station and the Galzig cable car.
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12. Pepis Skihotel – a contemporary hotel with some cool retro styling set in the heart of St Anton
Pepis Skihotel is a tribute to two-time downhill world champion Pepi Jennewein, and invites you to experience the wonderful world of winter sports.
The interior is adorned with beautiful white walls, contemporary artwork, and an attractive mix of glass, stone, wood, granite, and leather. Each guestroom is graced by floor-to-ceiling windows which frame breathtaking mountain views, and ambient lighting to set the tone for a blissful night of respite.
After a hard day of skiing, guests can enjoy a complimentary 5 o’clock Tyrolean tea and mingle with fellow adventurists before heading out for a delicious dinner in one of St. Anton’s many refined eateries.
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13. Goldenes Kreuz B&B – a casual place to stay in St Anton that offers modern facilities
This intimate family-run hotel is housed in a central but tranquil location, and was the proud winner of ‘European Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year’ in 2017.
Infiltrating the St. Anton hospitality scene with bespoke décor, elegant furnishings, and an atmosphere of understated luxury, Goldenes Kreuz invites you to revel in spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks from many refined spaces.
A chic flair permeates the guestrooms’ interiors, which exude comfort through warm materials and plush linens. Besides its quirky hangout spots, the hotel also offers a library, filled with adventure-inspiring books exchanged by visitors over the years.
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14. Riffelalp Lodge – a charming and sophisticated guest house with rustic-chic decor that provides an all-day free coffee and tea
Designed in a sophisticated concept of leisure and comfort, Riffelalp Lodge offers the perfect fusion of relaxation and adventure, and combines this with a vibrant social scene.
Nestled in the Nasserein corner of St. Anton, the lodge is well integrated with the vast pinewood forest, and pays homage to the effervescent surroundings through its use of natural materials such as local timber.
A welcoming tone is set around the fireplace and in the common living room, where visitors assemble to share their stories with like-minded adventurists.
The pleasures of wellness await you at the on-site spa area, which is the ultimate spot to rejuvenate mind, body and soul after a beautiful yet tiring day of skiing.
- To book, check prices or availability for Riffelalp Lodge
15. Omaela Apartments – modern accommodation perfect for longer stays or families
Inspiring you to live your best life, a pure harmony of natural surroundings depicts this stunning property, which rests on a hillside slope where the mountain meets the valley.
The 4 apartments are designed to balance your adventurous side with a sense of home comforts, in a chic and cosy environment featuring trailblazing amenities.
As you bask in the afternoon sun on your private balcony, or restore new energies in your own private spa with dry-heat sauna, The Omaela will provide you with a warm, cocooning ambiance.
The Scandinavian-inspired interiors ooze intimacy in every corner of the property, alluring visitors back year upon year.
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