Hotel Madlein: luxurious design hotel in Ischgl, Austria

If you are headed to Austria this winter for skiing, make sure you check out the Hotel Madlein in the popular ski resort of Ischgl (Austria), possibly the first truly contemporary design hotel in the Tyrolean Alps. There are no wooden beams here, no half-timbered façades, no antique tables with knitted doilies. Instead, you find sophisticated contemporary interiors with muted neutral tones, giving the hotel an urban feel. The interiors are quite a departure from what I’m used to seeing in the Alps and I don’t understand why it’s taken so long for someone to upgrade a hotel to these standards.

Hotel Madlein Ischgl Austria

Two outstanding features of the Hotel Madlein are the Zen garden and the minimalistic fire room, an arch-like atrium is dominated by an open fireplace, which is surrounded by cushions and seating areas. On two sides, the quiet room is opened up with floor to ceiling windows, allowing an uninterrupted view into the dreamy surroundings of the hotel. Meditating outdoors in the Zen garden may be a bit of a challenge in the winter, but if you go during the warmer months, it’s a truly spiritual experience to be outdoors meditating in the clean Alpine air.

Zen garden in Hotel Madlein Ischgl Austria

fire room at Hotel Madlein Ischgl Austria

If your idea of apres-ski relaxation is going out for a night of dancing, you don’t need to wander far beyond the confines of the hotel. Pacha (the famous club based in Ibiza) is connected to the hotel via a stairway so you can party hard and stumble into bed without slipping and breaking your ankle on the ice outside.

The wellness and spa facilities at Hotel Madlein are impressive: they have indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steam baths, and pampering programmes for those who need beauty and massage treatments.

The room rates vary dramatically depending upon the time of year. In the winter there are 8 “seasons”, the most expensive of which are Carnival (from €245) and the first week of January (from €350).

Hotel Madlein

Madleinweg 2

A-6561 Ischgl

Tyrol

Austria

+43 5444 5226

Email the hotel to inquire about a booking.

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