The 12 most beautiful bike hotels in the mountains
Adventure on two wheels: Discovering new places by bike is currently the latest trend - whether by mountain bike, downhill bike or e-bike. We present the most beautiful hotels for biking vacations in the mountains.
August 17, 2022
LEBE FREI HOTEL DER LÖWE
The hotel's pool is heated with sustainable geothermal energy. © LEBE FREI Hotel the Lion
Leogang in the Pinzgau mountains is a very popular holiday destination, attracting hikers and mountain bikers who come for the thrilling slopes. But there’s more to the region. Just far enough away from the bustle, and yet at the heart of the old centre of the charming village, the LEBE FREI Hotel der Löwe is a prime address for connoisseurs and wellness fans who appreciate casual style. The four-star superior hotel pulls out all the stops when it comes to offering guests everything they need to unwind. A new amenity is the outdoor pool with a spectacular view, a feature that will be completed in time for the arrival of the first summer guests in July. “After the new spa and the complete refurbishment of the bed rooms, this is the third stage in our “LIVE FREE” concept”, say hosts Barbara and Rupert Madreiter. “We are proud to have created a conscious alternative to mass tourism – down-to-earth and stylish active and relaxed.”
LEBE FREI Hotel der Löwe
Leogang 119, 5771 Leogang, Salzburg, Austria
Tel.: +43 6583 7428
Price: doubles including gourmet breakfast from €288 per night
The hotel in Siusi allo Sciliar is a true place of strength for those in need of a time out. © Sensoria Dolomites
The scent of fresh herbs is in the air, the striking mountain ranges, still slightly covered in snow, glisten in the glow of the sun, the soft grass grazing the soles of your feet – a summer vacation in South Tyrol entails moments in harmony with nature and a treat for all the senses. Here, those seeking peace and quiet can expect a resort that the host family itself sees as a place of strength for the outer and inner world. "You know that feeling you hope will last forever? That's exactly what luxury for the soul is. Our guests shouldn't have to think about anything and rely on the fact that everything is here – and much more," says host Lea Oberhofer. The attention to detail is reflected in the 47 rooms and suites: a play of colors, shapes and light, timeless and cozy with materials from nature. Whether from the balcony or the outdoor relaxation area: the next mountain adventure always seems within reach.
Sensoria Dolomites, Fam. Oberhofer-Leitner
39040 Siusi allo Sciliar, South Tyrol, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 706522
Price: doubles including breakfast from €460 per night
FUCHSEGG ECO LODGE
Surrounded by nature with lots of light wood, you'll feel absolutely at home here. © Günter Standl
To make sure the Fuchsegg Eco Lodge would blend seamlessly into its surroundings, its architects drew upon the traditional building style of the region. Its appearance does indeed remind you of the traditional Vorsäss- hütten cabins in Schetteregg. With all the amenities of a modern hotel, the lodge is the perfect place for environmentally conscious and individual living. Apartments for families, fireplace lofts for couples – the Fuchsegg has something for everyone. For those seeking wellness, there is a delightful relaxation and spa area with an outdoor pool that is heated all year round. If you want to feel at one with nature, head into the Bregen- zerwald – on foot or on one of the hotel’s Simplon e-bikes. Tired bikers have the option of using the Bregenzerwald bike bus.
Fuchsegg Eco Lodge
Amagmach 1301, 6863 Egg, Austria
Tel.: +43 5512 44544
Price: doubles including half board from €360 per night
Vacationing at Hotel MorgenZeit includes unwinding and really pampering yourself. © ATTIC FILM
Sleeping in and still getting to enjoy breakfast, spending the afternoon and evening as you please? That's how vacations are celebrated in Salzburg's Pinzgau region. Indulge yourself until 1pm at the feudal GenussZeit-Brunch; in the evening you dine at the in-house à la carte restaurant. Regional delicacies and Austrian meals from organic farming and regional ingredients are served, some of which taste almost like grandma's cooking. Those who are drawn to the outdoors will find a variety of activities right on the doorstep: from hiking to "Kräuteralmen", a specially guided herb hike. If you like it faster, get on your e-bike or mountain bike – countless forest roads, trails and lines lead from the valley to various alpine pastures and mountains. Back at the hotel, things quiet down: relax in the panorama or hay sauna, the herb garden, the natural pool or the hotel's own sandy beach surrounded by flowering olive trees with a view of the impressive mountain panorama.
Hotel MorgenZeit - Naturally. Bed & Brunch
Urchen 38, 5761 Maria Alm, Austria
Tel.: +43 6584 24424
Price: Junior suite including brunch from €254 per night
THE CENTRAL - ALPINE. LUXURY. LIFE.
Tyrolean tradition paired with alpine lifestyle: in Sölden, outstanding hospitality meets modern elegance. © Rudi Wyhlidal
Those who stay at the five-star hotel in the middle of the Ötztal can look forward to a wide range of activities and the highest level of comfort. In addition to spacious and individually designed living spaces, the culinary delights are particularly impressive – chef Michael Kofler and his team delight guests with the best from the region as they dine in extraordinary ambiance – at the renowned Ötztaler Stube or at ice Q. The hotel is located in the biking republic of Sölden and belongs to the bike homes of the Ötztal. Whether you bike for pleasure, own an e-bike, are a passionate road racer or a single trail enthusiast, your next adrenaline rush is right outside the hotel door. The area is also known as a mecca for enduro and trail bikers who want to top off their outdoor adventure with first-class service and culinary masterpieces. In addition, 1,600 kilometers of hiking trails of all grades, 19 climbing gardens, canyoning and rafting routes ensure lots of variety for all.
Auweg 3, 6450 Sölden, Austria
Tel.: +43 5254 22600
Price: doubles including ¾ board from €220 per person
When alpine pastures call, people break out their bikes. © Günter Standl
The province of Salzburg is the perfect base for an active vacation. At the sporty almlust in the middle of the Flachau region, outdoor enthusiasts will find the perfect conditions for their activities. Stay at rustic chalets, in stylishly furnished guest rooms or in luxurious apartments; a touch of exclusivity surrounds the mountain sports-loving vacation resort. On its doorstep, you'll find a paradise for bikers: located directly on the Stoneman Taurista and the Ennsradweg, 45 well-marked tours await trail fans and families of biking enthusiasts. You can get the right equipment, information and provisions directly at the reception. After the bike tour, a dip in the Almsee lake or a drink at the day bar will replenish your energy. The perfect spot for bikers who want a vacation with alpine flair and authentic charm.
Flachauer Hauptstraße 275, 4442 Flachau, Austria
Tel.: +43 6457 31958
Price: double room including breakfast from € 160,- per night
At the legendary chalet village in San Vigilio, the Dolomites beckon with Mediterranean ease. © Alex Moling
Harmonious and stylish, the six chalets are nestled in the South Tyrolean mountain landscape. Each bears its own name – and a legend of its own, as that's what Liondes means in the Ladin dialect, which is still spoken here. Located directly opposite Kronplatz, the hiking and, above all, biking El Dorado opens up to guests. Countless mountain bike trails wind through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. A total of 250 kilometers offer tours of all grades; from leisurely rides in the valley to more difficult trips up to low mountain range. Afterwards, embark on a stroll through lively St. Vigil with its charming stores and restaurants or relax in the private spa area. The perfect spot for active peace seekers who want to vacation to the beat of their own drum.
Str. Plan de Corones 21, 39030 San Vigilio di Marebbe, Italy
Tel.: +39 474 646195
Price: Apartment for up to seven people from €300 per night
In the center of the action, yet more private than ever: the extraordinary location makes it possible. © Andre Schoenherr
Located just 50 meters from St. Anton's bustling pedestrian zone and a few steps from the Galzig, Gampen and Rendl lifts, guests can expect three exclusive suites with exceptional service, fantastic breakfast and a private spa. The Arlberg serves as a perfect starting point and can be explored on foot or by bike right from the lodge. Over 200 kilometers of routes of all grades make every excursion unique, whether you prefer to gasp for air or take a more leisurely approach. If racing bikes are more your speed, you have the option of cycling over three passes to Bregenz, the Silvretta High Alpine Road or up to the Hahntennjoch. Back at the lodge, things are cozy – almost more so than at home.
Kandaharweg 2, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Tel.: +43 5446 42770
Price: Apartment for two to four people from €200 per night
Different, special, loving: a hidden gem with direct mountain views in the heart of Merano. © Günter Standl
As evidenced by the wide choice of fine wines, noble whiskies, honest gins and aromatic cigars on offer, the finer things in life are a top priority in Merano’s villa district. Relax in the flower garden with its magnificent views of the surrounding mountains or dine under the stars thanks to the retractable panoramic roof of the gourmet restaurant with its impressive wine cellar. The Golden SPA offers wonderfully relaxing moments, while the penthouse suite with its own pool and sauna has the last word in luxury for guests at the Plantitscherhof. When it’s time for a change of scenery, lace up your hiking boots or saddle up your mountain bike. The equipment you need is available from your personal vacation coach. Ideal for guests who appreciate something special and want to stay relaxed.
Hotel Ansitz Plantitscherhof*****
Via Dante 56, 39012 Merano, Italy
Tel.: +39 334 9059208
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €320 per night
A house with heart and history: in the baroque town of Schärding, the boutique hotel welcomes you with traditional charm. © C. Boehm Photographer
The lovely small four-star hotel in the baroque center of Schärding in Upper Austria's Innviertel region is run by the Forstinger family with a great deal of attention. Classically modern, no two rooms are alike – in some cases you can even enjoy a view of the city from your own rooftop terrace. Guests are treated to gastronomic excellence: organic breakfast at the trendy MAGAS DELI, dinner at the renowned gourmet restaurant Lukas and drinks at the Japan-inspired cocktail bar. Cycle along the rivers through the Innviertel – and maybe try your hand at fly fishing if you're in the mood for something new.
Unterer Stadtplatz 3, 4780 Schärding am Inn, Austria
Tel.: +43 7712 23020
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €226 per night
HOTEL THERME MERAN
Central, yet delightfully peaceful – an oasis of wellbeing in Merano, between the mountains and the palm trees. © Günter Standl
Spacious parks and green promenades are plentiful in the picturesque town of Merano. Just a few metres from the historic town centre and right next to the idyllic Passer River is a wellness oasis with a difference, where guests can choose to relax high above the city rooftops in the spectacular Sky Spa, or under palm trees in the heated saltwater infinity pool, or in the ground-floor Garden Spa. Even more rest and relaxation is available at Merano Thermal Baths, which is connected directly to the hotel via a convenient “bathrobe tunnel”. Outside, guests can take advantage of an extensive cycling network with routes leading to the Passeier valley, Bolzano and the Vinschgau valley. Rental (e-)bikes are available at the hotel. Perfect for a holiday combining the best of city, wellness and biking in beautiful South Tyrol!
Hotel Therme Meran
Thermenplatz 1, 39012 Merano, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 252000
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €159 per person
ALPIN & STYLEHOTEL DIE SONNE
In the midst of the South Tyrolean mountains, tradition meets modern lifestyle. © Andrea Zanchi
Now in the hands of the fourth generation, the hotel in Partschins in South Tyrol, not far from Merano, welcomes guests with familial hospitality. Always mindful of the well-being of its guests, the inn with a restaurant has been transformed into a stylish hotel with multiple award-winning cuisine and a small but luxe spa area. The infinity saltwater pool overlooking the surrounding countryside is the latest addition to the cozy house. Leisure and e-bikers, should check out Vinschgau, a veritable El Dorado for bikers. Go up to loftier heights by the power of your muscles – or with the help of a cable car. Biking families should embark on the bike paths from Merano to Bolzano. A tip for beginners as well as more advanced trail scouts: sun-biking on Partschinser Nörderberg. Perfect for those who appreciate active vacations in a familial and alpine-chic atmosphere.
Alpin & Stylehotel Die Sonne
Peter-Mitterhofer-Platz 8, 39020 Parcines, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 967108
Price: doubles incl. gourmet half board from €198 per night
Text: Karin Cerny, Katharina Florian and Michaela Hessenberger
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Summer 2022.