The Austrian Alps are home to first-class boutique hotels, luxury spa hotels, and even thermal bath hotels. Austrian hotels exhibit an unsurpassable standard of hygiene and cleanliness, comfort, and spa facilities. 

The Austrian Alps tourist industry is primarily built around winter tourism, which means that hotels usually have tons of amenities to keep winter patrons happy: on-site restaurants and bars, extensive wellness areas with pools and saunas, spa menus, ski storage rooms and underground parking, and more. 

If you travel to the Austrian Alps in summer or early Fall, room rates are significantly lower. 

In this curated guide to the  best hotels in the Austrian Mountains, we’re highlighting the best boutique and luxury hotels we’ve personally stayed in.

Best Hotels and Chalets in the Austrian Mountains

Hotel Eder indoor-outdoor pool, Maria Alm, Austria

Good to Know

  • Austrian hotels typically have on-site restaurants and offer half board (breakfast and dinner). 
  • Half board usually consists of a buffet breakfast and a multi-course dinner (salad buffet, starter, soup, main dish, dessert). Drinks aren’t included. If you have any dietary restrictions, it’s best to communicate your needs in advance.
  • Some hotels offer a complimentary Nachmittagsjause, which is an afternoon snack. The snack is usually served in the mid-late afternoon.
  • Access to the spa and wellness area is always included in the room rate.
  • Sauna areas are generally textile-free zones (no bathing suits allowed) for hygienic reasons. Learn more about sauna etiquette in our Therme guide.
  • Room rates are significantly cheaper in summer (June – October).
  • Many Austrian Alps hotels close down for a few weeks in May and November.
  • The standard hotel check-in time is around 3 pm. If you’d like to check in earlier, reach out to the reception in advance. They usually can accommodate earlier check-in times.
  • An Ortstaxe (guest tax, visitor’s tax) may be added to your hotel bill. This is a tourism tax, which is levied on non-residents. It’s usually 1-3 EUR per person per night.

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Austrian Alps Hotels Map

How to use this map | Click on the icons to display more information about each accommodation. Color signifies Austrian State:

  • Vorarlberg: wine red
  • Tyrol: coral red
  • Salzburg: orange
  • East Tyrol: yellow
  • Styria: green
  • Upper Austria: teal
  • Carinthia: purple

Excellent Hotels in Austria

1. Hotel Eder

Maria Alm, Salzburg

Hotel Eder is a family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer in the Hochkönig holiday region of Salzburg, Austria. Situated on the village square and adjacent to the Maria Alm Pilgrimage Church, Hotel Eder serves as the favorite meeting place for locals and visitors alike. 

This stylish hotel delights with its fresh and playful design choices, creative wellness spaces, and relaxed atmosphere. 

We were impressed by the hotel restaurant and bar and the overall hospitality and attentiveness of the staff. You can book breakfast-only, or half board (recommended). 

The indoor-outdoor pool, which runs parallel to the Pilgrimage Church, and the herbal moor relaxation zone are especially memorable.  

In winter, Maria Alm is a great base for skiing in the Ski Amadé – Hochkönig Ski Area. In summer and fall, Maria Alm is an ideal place to stay for hiking in the Hochkönig mountains and up to the Steinernes Meer high karst plateau. Learn more about hiking trails in our Salzburg Hiking Guide.

Our Hotel Review: A Look Inside Hotel Eder 

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2. Stadthotel Brunner 

Schladming, Styria

Stadthotel Brunner is a splash of urban style on Schaldming’s traditional hospitality scene. This modern boutique hotel boasts a shimmering, geometric facade, an imaginatively-designed lobby, a health-conscious restaurant with Ayurvedic and alkaline cuisine, a small rooftop spa, and 24 bedrooms. 

This barrier-free hotel was designed with a Biorhythmic lighting concept and built with responsibly produced materials sourced from the region.

Bedrooms are sleek and stylish, furnished with walnut wood. Welcome extras include Nespresso coffee makers, flat screen TVs, and Stop the Water cosmetics. 

You can join complimentary on-site yoga and meditation sessions during your stay. 

The hotel spa contains a Finnish sauna, relaxation zone with hanging egg chairs, a sun terrace overlooking the town and the Dachstein, a giant shower, and a panoramic tea room. 

The hotel is located in the center of Schladming, directly on the town’s main drag. 

Schladming is a famous ski resort, but we love visiting in summer. The fabulous 5-day Schladminger Tauern High Trail starts and ends here. Check out our Schladming Hiking Guide.

Summer season guests receive a  complimentary Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card.

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3. Aqua Dome Hotel

Längenfeld, Tirol

Aqua Dome is a massive thermal bath complex and hotel, set in the middle of Oetztal Valley. 

One of the most unique experiences you can have in Austria is bathing in a Therme. And, while it’s possible to visit just for the day, nothing quite beats staying the night in a thermal spa hotel. 

With its stunning alpine location, futuristic design, and healing thermal water, Aqua Dome Hotel is the ultimate spa getaway in Austria. Hotel guests get unlimited access to the thermal baths, sauna world, fitness center (and classes) as well as the exclusive access to the 2-level Spa 3000. 

A bountiful breakfast buffet and 5-course dinner is included in the room rate. Extra treats include a complimentary mini bar (with nonalcoholic beverages), a welcome snack, and a spa bag with a bathrobe, towel, and flip flops.

Hotel Review: Aqua Dome Hotel Review 

Guide: How to Visit Aqua Dome

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4. Der Berghof 

Lech, Vorarlberg

Set in the center of Lech am Arlberg, this boutique hotel artfully blends Arlberg tradition, bespoke craftsmanship, and timeless elegance. 

All 14 bedrooms are uniquely designed and outfitted with premium furniture, materials, and fixtures. Bathrooms come with alcove shower-bathtubs, local Resa Wants toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. 

Breakfast at Der Berghof is a decadent affair, consisting of eggs, bacon, and sausages, croissants, pastries, and breads, cheeses and cold cuts, herb spreads, fresh fruits, muesli, yogurt, a self-service juice bar, and a premium loose leaf tea bar. 

The hotel’s spa, consisting of five saunas, a cold plunge pool, foot bath, relaxation room, private showers, and tea bar, is ideal for unwinding. 

A gourmet 5-course dinner menu is designed each day, suitable also for vegetarians and pescetarians. It’s possible to substitute some of the daily courses for Austrian favorites, like Wiener Schnitzel vom Kalb (no extra charge), Tafelspitz (additional 8 EUR), and other options. 

The hotel’s kitchen is focused on bringing together fresh, regional ingredients to create interesting fusion dishes and traditional favorites. 

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5. Posthotel Kassl 

Oetz, Tirol

Looking proudly back on more than 400 years of history, the historic Posthotel Kassl is the heart and soul of Oetz in Oetztal Valley, Tirol. 

Posthotel Kassl is a family-run, 4-star superior hotel with an on-site restaurant, art nouveau bar (dating back to the 1800s), spa area with indoor and outdoor pools, and a range of country-style and newly renovated alpine-modern rooms and suites. 

The renovated rooms and suites epitomize modern alpine elegance with their untreated stone pine furniture, hardwood floors, leather headboards and chairs, soft lighting, and deluxe, slate-tiled bathrooms. Suites also have massive – you can almost swim in them – bathtubs and infrared chairs. 

This is a half board hotel, which means breakfast and dinner are included in the rate. The 5-course dinners are especially generous and showcase regional mountain cuisine. Throughout the week, there are also culinary themed evenings. Expect full plates of Tyrolean fair and flawless dining service. 

The wellness area is a mishmash of new and old and feels a bit disjointed. The highlights are the indoor-outdoor pool with mountain views, the salt steam sauna, and the room of silence: a relaxation zone with waterbeds and swing chairs. The sauna area is actually the oldest part of the hotel, dating back to 1604. 

Good to know:

  • Free private, underground parking
  • In summer, you can eat breakfast at an alpine pasture hut in the mountains. Register the night before. 
  • You can rent mountain bikes for free and e-bikes for 35 EUR.

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6. Theresa Wellness Hotel

Zell am Ziller, Tirol

Hotel Theresa is a family-run, 4-star superior hotel located in the center of Zell am Ziller, next to the train station and 800 meters from the Zillertal Ski Arena.

Set amid sprawling pastures in Zillertal Valley, this full-board hotel spoils guests with its picturesque location, mountain views, extensive 3500m2 spa area, wellness and active program, and organic food. 

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), fitness and wellness classes, and use of spa facilities are included.

Most Hotel Theresa bedrooms are decked in a country home style featuring floral and plaid upholstery, wood dressers, box spring beds, and sparse wood paneling.

The recently renovated VIP rooms sport marble bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, velvet headboards, comfortable seating areas, and dreamy wallpaper.

Our Hotel Review: Zillertal Spa Getaway: Hotel Theresa

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Unique Chalets in Austria

1. Feelfree Natur & Aktiv Resort 

Oetz, Tirol 

With uplifting mountain views, hiking and biking trails right on the doorstep, a relaxing spa, and an on-site restaurant, this resort village is the perfect base for adventurous couples and families. 

A young and cheerful team fosters a casual and friendly atmosphere. Everything about our stay was easy, uncomplicated, and seamless. 

Tucked along the Ache river, Nature & Active Resort Oetztal is made up of 14 different buildings and offers a wide selection of rooms, suites, chalets, and apartments. The deluxe lifestyle suites are particularly impressive with their high ceilings, hardwood floors, stone pine furniture, free-standing bathtubs, functional kitchenettes (noiseless fridge, dishwasher, sink), cozy sofas, and soft beds. 

As its name implies, this resort is designed for active travelers. From mid-May until mid-October, Nature & Aktiv Resort Ötztal offers a free weekly activity program with guided hiking and cycling tours as well as on-site climbing and archery courses.

You can rent bikes and hiking equipment at no extra charge. Resort guests get special discounts on all rafting, via ferrata, and canyoning tours as well. 

The 600m2 FeelWell spa area is made up of a large natural pool and a two-level sauna area:

organic steam sauna (60°C), Tyrolean herbal sauna (75°C), 2-person parlor sauna (65°C), Finnish sauna (85-90°C), stone pine sauna, multiple relaxation rooms, and 2 refreshment and snack bars. 

Eating dinner at Aschwirt – the resort’s on-site Tyrolean restaurant – is a high point. 

Good to know:

  • Free, private parking
  • The property also has a ping pong table, beach volleyball court, children’s playground trampoline, slackline course, climbing wall, bike shop, and archery range. 
  • A load of laundry costs 20 EUR.

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2. Hochleger Chalets and Tree Houses

Aschau, Zillertal

HochLeger is a secluded chalet resort in Aschau, high above Zillertal Valley, in Tirol, Austria. Set in the mountains, at an elevation of 1054 meters, HochLeger offers solitude along with sweeping views of Zillertal.

The chalet resort is made up of 4 chalets and 3 tree lofts. The chalets vary in size and can accommodate 2 – 10 people (depending on the chalet), while the tree lofts are far smaller and are only suitable for 2 people. 

Guests have access to the on-site spa as well as the wellness area of Das Posthotel in Zell am Ziller. Breakfast is available daily and dinner is prepared five times/week at Martinerhof.

Our Review: Tree House Hideaway: Hochleger Chalets

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Austria Trip Planning Essentials

Use our Austria Travel Guide and Austria blog archive to plan a unique and memorable trip to Austria. 

When to Visit Austria 

Summer and early Fall are our favorite seasons in Austria.

Getting around Austria

Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes. 

Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle. 

If you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations across  Austria, we recommend renting a car. 

Use these road trip itineraries for trip planning inspiration:

Car Rental 

We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

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If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, don’t forget to purchase a vignette at/near the border. 

Hiking in Austria

Where to Hike in Austria

Read Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations for an overview of where to hike in Austria, with tips on specific trails and where to stay. Also check out Best Day Hikes in Austria and these region-specific hiking guides:

Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria 

Austria is a premier hut-to-hut and long-distance hiking destination. The quality of the mountain huts are superb. We particularly love the high-alpine trails, which are called Höhenwege in German. We’ve summarized our favorite multi-day hikes in Trekking Austria. If you’re new to hut hiking, read this in-depth guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.

What to See & Do in Austria

More Austrian Hotels

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