Music to the ears: The Austrian ski hotel with a staggering wine cellar and an on-site CONCERT HALL

  • Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St Christoph, Austria, combines glamour and cosiness and views of stunning scenery
  • The resort has three charming restaurants with one, Hospiz Alm, boasting an extraordinary wine cellar?
  • There is a concert hall on-site and a modern art gallery, all connected underground to the hotel?

No matter how much you love skiing, we can all agree that as holidays go, they're a faff.

Whether it’s the long, queasy coach ride from the airport to the resort, the lugging of skis and ski boots from the shop, or the trek to the ski lift in the morning. Faff.

But not at Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St Christoph, Austria.

Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St Christoph (pictured), Austria,?combines glamour and cosiness

Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St Christoph (pictured), Austria,?combines glamour and cosiness

Pretty in pink: The sprawling hotel (pictured) is?perched in the beautiful Tyrolean mountains

Pretty in pink: The sprawling hotel (pictured) is?perched in the beautiful Tyrolean mountains

The resort is only 90 minutes by car from Innsbruck and is just 100 metres from a baby slope button lift

The resort is only 90 minutes by car from Innsbruck and is just 100 metres from a baby slope button lift

The rooms are full of character and are wonderfully cosy, with views over the slopes

The rooms are full of character and are wonderfully cosy, with views over the slopes

Less than four hours after leaving Gatwick I had arrived at the Alberg1800 Resort. The direct flight to Innsbruck and the pleasant one and a half hour taxi ride to the resort was a breeze.

After a quick red wine and lunch by the hotel’s large open fire, I was kitted out with the latest - brand new - ski gear from the on-site sports shop (just down the corridor from my room).

Then off I went for my first ski.

And I didn’t have to go far…just 100 metres across the road is a button lift for the baby slope and just beyond that, the chair lift taking you to a web of ski-run options, including to the neighbouring and better known, St Anton. Simple. And I still had the whole afternoon ahead of me.

The hotel’s spa - complete with pool, steam and sauna rooms – has an enticing array of treatments

The hotel’s spa - complete with pool, steam and sauna rooms – has an enticing array of treatments

After a quick ski, I handed my ski gear back into reception and sat on the balcony with a blanket and hot chocolate… My hearty Austrian dinner in one of the hotel’s restaurants was yet to come.

Before you think it, the minimum fuss at Alberg does not equate to minimum luxury.

The sprawling hotel combines glamour and cosiness, which along with its fairy-tale setting – perched in the pretty Tyrolean mountains - makes it the perfect retreat.

The hotel’s spa - complete with pool, steam and sauna rooms – has an enticing array of treatments. Exactly the antidote you need after a long day on the slopes (tough, I know).

The resort has three charming restaurants, two within the hotel, serving up an array of warming and filling dishes – mostly modern takes on old-fashioned Austrian plates.

Hospiz Alm, the third, is just yards away, nestled on the mountain-edge. A traditional chalet-style restaurant - complete with a not-so-traditional slide to access its underground wine cellar downstairs – it is well worth the short walk in the snow. Do ask for a tour of the impressive wine cellar too.

The resort has three charming restaurants, two within the hotel, and one,?Hospiz Alm, just yards away. Lucy recommends a tour of the impressive wine cellar (pictured)

The resort has three charming restaurants, two within the hotel, and one,?Hospiz Alm, just yards away. Lucy recommends a tour of the impressive wine cellar (pictured)

There is a concert hall on-site (pictured) and a modern art gallery, all connected underground to the hotel

There is a concert hall on-site (pictured) and a modern art gallery, all connected underground to the hotel

My room, which had its own lounge, was more than comfortable, with its own balcony and views out over the slopes. But if you’re planning to visit with family or a large group of friends, I’d urge you to stay in one of the resort’s 17 newly-designed suites. Each one is unique, with bags of character, high ceilings and plenty of light.

And if you have enough energy - or can prise yourself away from the spa and restaurants - do visit the on-site Concert Hall and modern art gallery, all connected underground to the hotel.

From classic and contemporary music events to cabarets, you’ll be kept busy at Alberg in summer as well as winter.

Not a bad array of activities for just four hours from London. I will definitely be back.

TRAVEL FACTS?

For more information, visit arlberg1800resort.at.

For flights and transfers visit Kaluma Travel. For ski and boot hire visit Intersport Arlberg and for lift passes go to www.tyrol.com.??

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