What came first, the mountain or the hotel? Although the answer is quite obvious (of course the Rote Wand mountain came first!), the question is still food for thought: after all, the inn of the same name is also a venerable institution, established in 1651. But anyone who thinks this means the hotel is in any way antiquated could not be more wrong: twelve new family lodges with Vorarlberg timber construction have just been completed, and the other rooms and suites also feature modern, regional design. No less innovative and very much appreciated by guests during inclement weather is the 1,500-square-metre ”red spa” with various saunas, quiet boxes, a beauty area, personal training, and both an indoor and outdoor pool, the latter heated to 33°C.
The large sun terrace with sheepskin-covered garden loungers and a small lounge/day bar with a crackling fire in the hearth are favourites with guests. But believe it or not, there is more: for years the Rote Wand Restaurant has been the perennial recipient of two toques awarded by the prestigious restaurant guide Gault Millau — and this is no wonder in view of delicacies like chamois essence, crayfish from nearby mountain lakes, wood-pigeon variations, and rhubarb-cream-cheese dumplings. If you prefer heartier, more traditional fare in a casual setting, try the one of the chef’s fondue specialities, such as Chinoise, Bourguignon, cheese, fish, or chocolate. These delicacies are popular not only with hotel guests but also attract a large number of people staying at other Arlberg hotels.
A final tip: in the summer the Rote Wand offers special all-inclusive package deals that include not only full board with a 5-course gourmet dinner but also most beverages and sport activities. www.rotewand.com