Hotel Arlberg: Three Generations of Hospitality
  • Hotel Arlberg originally opened in 1956 as a coffee house and meeting place with a few rooms, by local farmer and entrepreneur Johann and his wife Helga Schneider. At that time, Lech was a remote mountain village where winter tourism was slowly taking hold
  • The second generation of hotel management took over in 1998, which was their son Hannes and his wife Christiane Schneider. Hannes loves vintage cars, thus the hotel is one of the founders of the biggest car rally in Lech, attracting an interesting clientele of oldtimer collectors
  • Current – and third generation – hosts are Benjamin Schofer (step son of Hannes Schneider) and Patrick Krummenacher, who have been at the helm since they married in September 2017. They have been warmly welcomed as a couple in the village of Lech every since: “We don’t live under a rock here, we live on top of it” (Patrick)
  • Today, Hotel Arlberg is a five-star luxury hotel, promising unobtrusive luxury with alpine style, fresh and innovative ideas
  • The new rooms and spa buildings are full of character, blending the ancient charms of a traditional building and its regional identity, with the modern elegance of contemporary design
  • Royal and celebrity guests of Hotel Arlberg have included Diana, Princess of Wales (with the two princes), Cliff Richard, Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn and for the shooting of Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth

BIOGRAPHIES: Benjamin Schofer and Patrick Krummenacher

“Doing what you love – together with the person you treasure the most, that really is the greatest thing.” Patrick Krummenacher

  • Benjamin (36), who grew up in Stuttgart and Patrick (30) from Lake Zurich, met at École hôtelière de Lausanne, often regarded as the world’s finest hotel school. They connected over their mutual passion for hotels
  • Benjamin’s early career led him to roles with Hyatt and Four Seasons Toronto and Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in L.A
  • Meanwhile Patrick gained his marketing and communications experience at the Park Hyatt Zurich, Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, 25hours Hotel in Vienna and most recently at The Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland
  • Benjamin and Patrick bring a combination of skills to Hotel Arlberg, with Benjamin as the General Manager and Patrick handling the marketing, PR and branding.
  • They feel that the success of Hotel Arlberg comes from a combination of their individual passions. Benjamin’s passion is for food, gastronomy, interiors, hospitality and Patrick loves spa & wellness, interior design and architecture
  • Yet they share a passion for exciting travel experiences, excellent hospitality and delicious food
  • Hotel Arlberg has been family-owned for 60 years and Benjamin and Patrick are not looking to rewrite history. They want to bring their own fresh ideas, but with the influence of former generations: “It’s more that we’re working on a sequel, the next volume” (Benjamin)
  • Benjamin and Patrick have exciting plans for the hotel, to include a stronger emphasis on alpine design, eclectic and fun branding, story-telling and experiential travel. They want to connect guests with companies and brands that they love – from interesting coffee table books and inspiring art, to new amenities (they will introduce Le Labo fragrances from next winter) and interior design brands such as Rimadesio, Agape and Dornbracht