Expert guide to Kitzbühel
Old coaching inns converted into four- and five-star hotels vie for space in Kitzbühel’s ancient streets alongside smart fashion boutiques and wickedly expensive cafés. But despite the resort’s diamond-studded image, the cost of a stay here can be a pleasantly reasonable surprise. Staying in the neighbouring villages of Kirchberg, Jochberg or Aurach can see prices drop even further.
In a small village, 3km from Kitzbühel, the family-run Hotel Aurach is a traditional, friendly retreat with basic but comfortable rooms, an airy dining room and sauna. It’s a three-minute walk to the bus stop for access to the lifts and ski area.
Located in the heart of Kitzbühel’s medieval pedestrianised centre, the prettily painted Tiefenbrunner has been owned by the Brunner family for over 200 years and is well-loved thanks to the warm welcome from Maria Brunner and her staff. It has an indoor pool with panoramic views, saunas, steam room and a gym.
A former hunting lodge, Schloss Lebenberg is a 20-minute walk above the resort, however there’s a courtesy car service provided. Beautifully converted from stately home to five-star hotel, the original castle rooms are in the listed tower and have a separate living room and bedroom. The hotel has a 48m rooftop pool and an award-winning restaurant.
Hotel Weisses Röessl
Situated just outside the old city walls, Hotel Weisses Röessl started life in the 16th century as the humble Bichlwirt coaching inn, where travellers on their way from Innsbruck to Salzburg would change horses. After local businessman Franz Reisch brought skiing to Austria from Scandinavia in the 1890s, the canny owners changed its name to Weisses Rössl (White Horse) and it has slowly evolved into Kitzbühel’s best and most luxurious hotel. The rooms in the older part of the building have been newly renovated, and it has a fine restaurant, atmospheric wine cellar (available for private dining) and outstanding spa. The bottom of the giant pool features a white horse in mosaics.
Booking.com rates above are guide prices per person per night, please note that packages can differ across accommodation. Owing to the current coronavirus pandemic, these rates may change. Please check the properties’ websites for further information on what’s included.