Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Austria 2016 - Dining with Tradition - Gasthof Post, Lech

ISSUE DATE: 7 November 2016
PHOTO:Matthias Forstner

The place where European nobility, Arabian sheikhs and successful businessmen and women let themselves be spoiled when they take a holiday in the luxurious winter sport resort of Lech; the hotel "Gasthof Post" is probably the best known hotel in the centre of the ski resort and is one of the most luxurious in the whole of Austria. For more than 30 years the exclusive and historic hotel has also been a member of the illustrious “Relais & Châteaux” association, which unites fine hotels from around the world. 

Relais & Châteaux

Tradition is extremely important here, and the Moosbrugger family has been running the 5-star hotel since 1937. It is now run by the third generation, by Florian Moosbrugger, who has succeeded Franz and Kristl and Erich and Irma Moosbrugger, although it should be mentioned that Kristl continued to run the hotel alone after the death of her husband, and even became the first woman to earn the title “Hotelier of the Year”. During the 1930s the hotel offered 20 rooms, nowadays it has 46, plus two apartments and three suites. 

A view over the peaceful gardens or the impressive mountain panorama suffices to set one dreaming. The building is still painted in the characteristic dusky pink, adorned with the wooden balconies that are typical for the region as well as alpine murals. Furnished with local antiques, the hotel has retained an unmistakable charm. It is said of the “Post” that here you can enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of a country inn, yet with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. The very special ambience is created by the combination of rustic charm, attention to detail and top quality furnishings. 

Whether it be the 15-metre long heated outdoor pool, from which one can enjoy a view over the mountain panorama while swimming; the new bathhouse; the open fireplaces and tiled stoves in the suites; the generously appointed rooms with comfortable seating areas and bathtubs; the hotel’s own sauna area with relaxations zones, gym and brine steam bath or the suites for cosmetic treatments and massages – here everyone is sure to find their own personal luxury, and all of this situated within botanic gardens. For those who want to get active and do some sport, there are many possibilities, and not just in winter. 

In the summer you can join the tours led by the hotel’s own guide, head off on a mountain bike, play golf and much more. For children there is a dedicated kids’ pool with a water slide, a games room, full-day childcare, swings, a trampoline and trained entertainers. Connoisseurs are superbly provided for in the famous gourmet restaurants, where both refined dishes and traditional fare of the highest quality are served. Others will be sent into raptures by a look at the wine list. The uniqueness of the “Gasthof Post” has been attracting famous persons since the 1960s, among them Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, whose family still holidays here to this day, as do the Sheikh of Qatar and many well-known names from major industries.


Hotel pictures thanks to Gasthof Post
Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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