A day exploring a luxury resort in the Alps

, A day exploring a luxury resort in the Alps

The Dutch royal family has regularly visited a special place in the Alps every February for the past 60 years, which is Lech – one of the luxury resorts.

The first thing you notice when coming to Lech is that visitors here only wear really high-class ski clothes. Really rich people come here every year. Everything in Lech is fancy, and of course the prices are higher, says Rosa Guggenmos, a seasonal ski guide from St. Anton, a budget resort, shared.The first thing you notice when coming to Lech is that visitors here only wear really high-class ski clothes. Really rich people come here every year. Everything in Lech is fancy, and of course the prices are higher, says Rosa Guggenmos, a seasonal ski guide from St. Anton, a budget resort, shared.

Lech is one of five ski villages in the Arlberg region. “The first thing you notice when you come to Lech is that the tourists here only wear really high-end ski clothes,” said Rosa Guggenmos, a seasonal ski guide from St. Anton shared. Anton von Rosen, another ski instructor from St. “Really rich people come here every year. Everything in Lech is very fancy, and of course, the prices are higher,” says Anton. Photo:  Booking

Lech is one of five ski villages in the Arlberg region. This place is known as a favorite resort of the super rich, royal figures such as the late Princess Diana or Princess Caroline of Hanover, sister of the Prince of Monaco. The Dutch royal family (pictured) has visited Lech every February for 60 years, but when the pandemic broke out, their trip had to be postponed.Lech is one of five ski villages in the Arlberg region. This place is known as a favorite resort of the super rich, royal figures such as the late Princess Diana or Princess Caroline of Hanover, sister of the Prince of Monaco. The Dutch royal family (pictured) has visited Lech every February for 60 years, but when the pandemic broke out, their trip had to be postponed.

This place is known as a favorite resort of the super-rich, royal figures such as the late Princess Diana or Princess Caroline of Hanover, sister of the Prince of Monaco. The Dutch royal family (pictured) has visited Lech every February for the past 60 years.

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Having heard a lot about Lech’s luxury and glamour, Maria Noyen, a travel writer living in London, England, is determined to spend a day in this place to participate in experiences: eating, walking, sightseeing and relaxing. Explore the famous village. She arrived one day in early March. But as a “commoner”, Maria arrived in the village by bus from St. Anton. The travel time is 40 minutes, with a ticket price of 6 USD. In addition to the female tourist, the bus that day had only four other family members. So she has plenty of room to put her suitcase, as well as a comfortable window seat to enjoy the view. “I was overwhelmed by the snow-covered scenery,” Maria recalls. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

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Stepping off the bus, Maria immediately recognized the Arlberg hotel, where Princess Diana stayed when she went skiing in Austria. The hotel is right at the start of the highway and offers perfect access to the mountains. When it was eleven o’clock, Maria started walking down the main street of the village. The scene was already bustling as people flocked to the shops, ski classes, and restaurants. “I immediately realized my ski guide’s words were true. People here just wear expensive ski suits, with soft jackets and designer handbags,” she said. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

To have her hands free to explore, Maria rented a room to store her belongings at the Hotel Haus Schrofenstein. It was the most affordable residence a female traveler could rent at the time, with $182 a night for a single room. The petite hotel is perched on an icy hillside. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria NoyenTo have her hands free to explore, Maria rented a room to store her belongings at the Hotel Haus Schrofenstein. It was the most affordable residence a female traveler could rent at the time, with $182 a night for a single room. The petite hotel is perched on an icy hillside. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

To “free her hands” to explore everything, Maria rented a room to store her things at the Hotel Haus Schrofenstein. It was the most affordable residence a female traveler could rent at the time, with $182 a night for a single room. The petite hotel is perched on an icy hillside. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

Her room is small, everything in the room is very small but complete, including a single bed with warm blankets, clean, desk and chair, mini TV and private bathroom. Room rates at other hotels in Lech are 2-4 times more expensive, from $400 to $850. Therefore, Maria said that she has no idea that her place is too small. But in return, the room view is beautiful because she can look out over the majestic snowy mountain scenery. Before leaving the room, she put on more clothes and charged her phone. Photo: Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria NoyenHer room is small, everything in the room is very small but complete, including a single bed with warm blankets, clean, desk and chair, mini TV and private bathroom. Room rates at other hotels in Lech are 2-4 times more expensive, from $400 to $850. Therefore, Maria said that she has no idea that her place is too small. But in return, the room view is beautiful because she can look out over the majestic snowy mountain scenery. Before leaving the room, she put on more clothes and charged her phone. Photo: Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

Her room is small, everything in the room is small but complete, including a single bed with warm blankets, clean, desk and chair, mini TV, and a private bathroom. Room rates at other hotels in Lech are 2-4 times more expensive, ranging from $400 to $850. Therefore, Maria said that she has no idea that her place is too small. But in return, the room view is beautiful because she can look out over the majestic snowy mountain scenery. Before leaving the room, she put on more clothes and charged her phone. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

After leaving the room, Maria began her rather adventurous day. The next difference that she noticed is that in Lech there are many luxury stores, with trendy brands. This is something that other budget resorts have very little. The fact that the guests wore expensive and trendy clothes walking around also made Maria's eyes tired to watch. People move around the village in golf carts. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria NoyenAfter leaving the room, Maria began her rather adventurous day. The next difference that she noticed is that in Lech there are many luxury stores, with trendy brands. This is something that other budget resorts have very little. The fact that the guests wore expensive and trendy clothes walking around also made Maria's eyes tired to watch. People move around the village in golf carts. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

After leaving the room, Maria began her rather adventurous day. The next difference that she noticed is that in Lech there are many luxury stores, with trendy brands. This is something that other budget resorts have very little. The fact that the guests wore expensive and fashionable clothes walking around also made Maria “eyestrain” to watch. People move around the village in golf carts. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

The first restaurant that Maria visited was Cafe Gotthard. This is the number one rated pastry shop in Lech on TripAdvisor. where I saw rated as number one pastry shop in Lech on TripAdvisor. The shop is located at the beginning of the street. From the outside, this place is quite modest compared to other restaurants Maria has seen in Lech. Stepping inside, she is immediately greeted by the sweet aroma of pastries and the taste of fresh coffee. This feeling is like heaven, she called. Because when she arrived, there were only two customers choosing food, so Maria did not have to wait in line. She chose krapfen, a donut filled with apricot jam for nearly $2. This is a specialty in Austria. You can easily find an affordable meal in Lech, you just need to know where to go, she says. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria NoyenThe first restaurant that Maria visited was Cafe Gotthard. This is the number one rated pastry shop in Lech on TripAdvisor. where I saw rated as number one pastry shop in Lech on TripAdvisor. The shop is located at the beginning of the street. From the outside, this place is quite modest compared to other restaurants Maria has seen in Lech. Stepping inside, she is immediately greeted by the sweet aroma of pastries and the taste of fresh coffee. This feeling is like heaven, she called. Because when she arrived, there were only two customers choosing food, so Maria did not have to wait in line. She chose krapfen, a donut filled with apricot jam for nearly $2. This is a specialty in Austria. You can easily find an affordable meal in Lech, you just need to know where to go, she says. Photo: Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

The first restaurant Maria visited was Cafe Gotthard. This is the number one rated pastry shop in Lech on TripAdvisor. The shop is located at the beginning of the street. From the outside, this place is quite modest compared to other restaurants Maria has seen in Lech. Stepping inside, she was greeted by the sweet aroma of cakes and the taste of fresh coffee. This feeling is like heaven, she called. Because when she arrived, there were only two customers choosing food, so Maria did not have to wait in line. She chose krapfen, a donut filled with apricot jam, for $2. This is a specialty in Austria. “You can easily find an affordable meal in Lech, you just need to know where to go,” she says. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

Next, Maria stopped at an outdoor bar decorated with hundreds of bottles of champagne from world famous brands right outside. This is the outdoor bar of the Krone hotel, a luxury and expensive village residence. While sipping drinks, Maria chats with the locals. What makes her most curious is where will the locals live? On the way to the village, she saw many hotels serving tourists, but did not see the homestay. The answer for Maria was that there were no locals living in this expensive place. They live in the neighborhood, and come here to work.Next, Maria stopped at an outdoor bar decorated with hundreds of bottles of champagne from world famous brands right outside. This is the outdoor bar of the Krone hotel, a luxury and expensive village residence. While sipping drinks, Maria chats with the locals. What makes her most curious is where will the locals live? On the way to the village, she saw many hotels serving tourists, but did not see the homestay. The answer for Maria was that there were no locals living in this expensive place. They live in the neighborhood, and come here to work.

Next, Maria stopped at an outdoor bar decorated with hundreds of bottles of champagne from world-famous brands right outside. This is the outdoor bar of the Krone hotel, an expensive village residence. While sipping drinks, Maria chats with the locals. What makes her most curious is where will the locals live? On the way to the village, she saw many hotels serving tourists but did not see the homestay. The answer for Maria was that there were no locals living in this expensive place. They live in the neighborhood and come here to work. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

Next stop is a ski equipment rental shop. Maria wants to try snowboarding. She knew how to ski as a child, but had never skated on a board. I thought going to a new place, why not try something new. That's why I took this skateboarding lesson, she said. Rent for board, boots and helmet is 70 USD per day. The rental store is very simple from the outside. But this is a familiar place for the king of the NetherlandsNext stop is a ski equipment rental shop. Maria wants to try snowboarding. She knew how to ski as a child, but had never skated on a board. I thought going to a new place, why not try something new. That's why I took this skateboarding lesson, she said. Rent for board, boots and helmet is 70 USD per day. The rental store is very simple from the outside. But this is a familiar place for the king of the Netherlands

The next stop is a ski equipment rental shop (pictured). Maria wants to try snowboarding. She knew how to ski as a child, but had never skated on aboard. “I thought going to a new place, why not try something new. That’s why I took this skateboarding lesson,” she said. Rent for board, boots, and helmet is 70 USD per day.
The rental store is very simple from the outside. The employee serving her that day was Danelle. During the conversation, Danelle said that two days ago the Dutch Royal family came here. They were just like any other normal family, but with a few extra bodyguards protecting King Willem-Alexander. The royal family seemed very happy to be treated as patrons by the store. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

Pictured is Hannes Schneider, owner of the Arlberg hotel. This is where the late Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry used to stay in the 1990s.Pictured is Hannes Schneider, owner of the Arlberg hotel. This is where the late Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry used to stay in the 1990s.

Pictured is Hannes Schneider, owner of the Arlberg hotel. This is where the late Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry used to stay in the 1990s.” “I’m probably the person in Austria who knows her best. She brought both William and Harry. But since then, the two princes have not returned once,” Schneider said to Maria, referring to Princess Diani during a tour of the Arlberg Hotel. In her impression, the hotel was warm and small, feeling closer like a private home than a five-star hotel Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

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At the end of a long day of sightseeing, Maria returned to the hotel at 19:00 to take a sauna. Then, she chose the best outfit, the favorite jewelry, and went to Die Stube restaurant in the Arlberg hotel for dinner. To get a seat at Die Stube, you must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. She chose the raclette (melted cheese served with potatoes) for $ 50, with apples, Italian sausage, and mixed pickles. My favorite part of the meal was the $10 hot oolong tea. After that, she returned to the hotel and went to bed early, preparing for the next morning’s snowboarding session. Maria is very excited about this ski session.
“After a day of exploring and a very filling dinner, my single bed is more appealing than ever. As I lie down, I begin to think about everything I’ve been through great food, shops for quiet ski hire, friendly chats with the staff at Lech I understand why royalty and the rich want to come back year after year Lech offers the aristocratic, super-rich experience luxurious experience but at the same time give them a sense of normalcy, privacy that they rarely get,” said Maria. Photo:  Maria Noyen/Maria Noyen

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