Continental Comfort: Lech, Austria

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The Gasthof Post, part of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group, embodies the essence of the Arlberg region, replete with carved wooden furniture, frescoes, embroidered cushions and wild-game trophies. The hotel has been in the Moosbrugger family since 1937 and was rebuilt in 1972. The bathrooms are modern, as are the pool, sauna and Turkish bath. The 39 bedrooms have beamed ceilings (from which painted baroque cherubs peer down) and are furnished with antiques. Throughout the hotel, there are enough antlers, tile stoves and painted chests to have you humming The Sound of Music, despite your better instincts.In the heart of Lech, just a few minutes walk to the Rufikopf lift, the Gasthof Post is a gateway to the vast Arlberg ski region. Some guests measure their stays here in decades. As you enjoy your schnapps in the hotel's Jager Lounge, remember: That could well be the Dutch royal family at the next table, so conduct yourself accordingly. Doubles start at about $480, including breakfast and dinner.

Contact: 011-43-5583-220-60; postlech.com