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Hidden Champions: 7 charming boutique & design hotels for an early summer getaway

From the charming boutique hotel in Saalbach, to the design piece in South Tyrol - these 7 establishments score with privacy and noble design.

April 23, 2022

Charming boutique hotels and extraordinary design hotels are becoming more and more in demand, because they provide privacy and a pleasant ambience with a unique flair. Whether you want to spend a long weekend in the SPA, or are looking for a time-out in the mountains - these 7 hotels have the right thing for every taste.

The Leo Grand

Bauernmarkt 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Just a few steps away from St. Stephen's Cathedral, THE LEO GRAND recently opened its doors. The unique design hotel scores not only with its prime location. With their panoramic windows, the suites on the top floor of the hotel offer fantastic views over Vienna. The historic core of the hotel has been playfully preserved, while elegant interiors create the perfect link between baroque and modern comfort. Culinary delights include soul food - the hotel also offers what is probably the most exclusive Schanigarten in all of Vienna and several private dining areas that provide an exclusive atmosphere.

Grand Royal

The baroque roof truss of the house was lovingly preserved, while noble interior spans the gap between baroque and modern. ©AUSTIN SETTLE

DAS EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort

Unterbergstraße 65, 5611 Großarl, Salzburg, Austria

Summer and winter, THE EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort is a retreat for active people and connoisseurs. The excellent EDELWEISS Mountain Cuisine is just as enticing as the extensive spa area. Elegant designer furniture throughout the house invites you to linger. In the EDELWEISS Fashion Boutique, you'll find exclusive brands such as Bogner, Toni Seiler, Moncler, Goldbergh, etc. Directly from the hotel, you can start into the Großarl mountains on foot or by bike. The 40 alpine pastures invite you to stop for a break. In 2022, family Hettegger sets a new milestone toward the most exclusive design hotel in the Alps.


Noble interior and design runs through the entire house at DAS EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort. ©Michael Huber | Huber Photography

The House of Twelve

Zwölferkogelweg 137, 5754 Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Salzburg, Austria

With only 37 rooms and suites, Das Zwölferhaus in Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a small, exclusive boutique hotel. Located directly at the valley station of the Zwölferkogel lift, it is the ideal retreat for time out in the mountains. After a long, active day, guests relax in SKY-Wellness, the wellness area on the top floor. From the plunge pool to the panoramic sauna with mountain views: here you can recharge your batteries. A modern, creative kitchen with vegetarian offers provides unique palate pleasures full of taste. Short delivery routes, a sustainable approach to nature and the support of regional producers are the be-all and end-all of the enjoyment concept.

Das Zwölferhaus

High-quality interior and feel-good ambience characterize Das Zwölferhaus. ©Das Zwölferhaus

Alpin Garden Luxury Maison & Spa - Dolomites

J.-Skasa Street 68, 39046 Ortisei, South Tyrol/Trentino, Italy

Dark wood and golden accents - the Alpin Garden Luxury Maison & Spa - Dolomites radiates prestige and exclusivity from the outside. The five-star design hotel in Val Gardena shows itself as unique and elegant. Inside, guests can marvel at works of art by local artists, or simply indulge in the ambience of the artists' lounge. Gold is also a dominant theme in the Golden Bar, which tempts with exquisite drinks. Art can also be found in the newly renovated ART-SPA with a golden Finnish sauna and art in the steam bath. Wherever you look - art and design accompany you at every turn.

Alpin Garden

From the outside as well as inside, the Alpin Garden scores with unique design. ©Hannes Niederkofler Photography

LARET Private Boutique Hotel

Laretstrasse 9, 7562 Samnaun, Switzerland

The "LARET" in Samnaun promises an adults-only getaway. Directly connected to the Silvretta-Arena Samnaun-Ischgl, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy numerous hiking and biking trails in the immediate vicinity. Tradition meets modernity in the rooms - the 15 rooms score with unique interiors and all the advantages that an exclusive boutique hotel has to offer. In the Bauernstube - original from 1948 - guests feast on rustic 5-course menus with the perfect wine and spirits accompaniment. A small spa area with saunas, sanarium, infrared cabin and relaxation room provide relaxing moments after a long day.


With the "LARET" an Adults-only oasis awaits in Samnaun. ©MuehlbacherRupert GAS

Hotel Lamm

Krausenplatz 3, 39040 Castelrotto, South Tyrol/Trentino, Italy

In the center of Castelrotto, a chic boutique hotel awaits South Tyrolean travelers with the Hotel Lamm. In summer, guests can improve their handicap at the partner golf club St. Vigil-Seis or discover the mountains of the Seiser Alm. Those who want to take it easy can visit the hotel's Sky Spa - an absolute highlight! The roof over the pool can be opened in good weather for you to enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains in the 30-degree warm pool. Zirmliegen, a whirlpool and a sauna landscape round off the spa experience. Guests can feel completely at ease in the 50 rooms and suites before enjoying an exquisite meal in the gourmet restaurant "Lampl" in the evening.

Hotel Lamm

The highlight awaits on the top floor of the house: the Sky Spa. ©Florian Andergassen

Almmonte Preclarum Suites

Widmoosweg 3, 5602 Wagrain, Salzburg, Austria

Newly opened in 2021, the Almmonte Preclarum Suites Design Hotel is a new lifestyle hotspot in Wagrain's prime location. 23 luxurious suites provide a feel-good ambience and plenty of privacy. The highlight of the hotel is the private spa with a 12-meter-long rooftop pool, sauna and massage services. Here guests can fully relax after a long day in the mountains and regenerate tired muscles. Culinary enchantment is provided by the "Almmonte 96" on the premises and the "Tahini by Almmonte" at its sister hotel, the Almmonte Sensum Suites Boutique Hotel. While the former serves traditional cuisine with modern touches, Tahini by Almmonte offers exquisite Asian fusion cuisine and the finest sushi and sashimi creations.


Noble interior and silver accents: The Almmonte Preclarum Suites is the new lifestyle hotspot in Wagrain. ©Almmonte

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