Miramonte Hotel Bad Gastein - view overlooking the valley and mountains

Smooth, Glamorously Chilled

Design Hotel Miramonte Bad Gastein, Austria

Smooth, Glamorously Chilled

Smooth, Glamorously Chilled

Design Hotel Miramonte Bad Gastein, Austria - interior details from the 1950's concept
Miramonte is a fresh modern interpretation of classic chalet styling mixed with postmodern angles, where softer pieces marry well with retro elements.

Intro

Miramonte Hotel is unlike most of its belle époque siblings which adorn the once acclaimed 'Monte Carlo' of the Alps resort, Bad Gastein in Austria. Originally built in the 1950s as bank offices, the commercial architecture of the mid-century modernist era gives it an altogether more cubic, functional form perched high above the Habsburg skyline.

Architect Ike Ikrath was no stranger to Bad Gastein and is married to the local hotelier, Evelyn, owner of the family hotel Haus Hirt down the hill. The couple ventured into acquiring the 'white box on the hillside and in so doing, created what is today the iconic Miramonte Hotel. Ike was keen to preserve the 50s gist and proportions, as well as using it as a canvas for his other passions: collecting vintage and mid-century furnishings, lighting, colour blocking and finding a home for the design classics.

Gleaming in white with horizontal timber plank wrapping, the Miramonte is crowned by its iconic logo masthead which sits proudly on the rooftop, a landmark of modernism set against the mountains. It is fitting that this favoured enclave got a creative makeover, whereby the design culture of the era has been restored and recaptured. The ground floors are decked with Bertoia chairs, abstract marquetry, beautiful original black-green stone flooring, herringbone parquet, and panorama windows. Ike commissioned colour legend, Ernst Muthwill to fine-tune his concept in creating the Miramonte. The concept was to create a suite of colours to echo the purpose of the space as well as being able to greet the guest with colour. Ike's trained eye led to exploring the architectural colours of Le Corbusier, and he experimented with these colour concepts in his hotel. Mid-century colour narrates the Miramonte: bleu outremer foncécéruléen, orange, rouge vermillon cinnabar red, and ocre jaune claire canvas Ike's furnishings. A sophisticated bolthole that speaks of European elegance in a relaxed adult vibe, Miramonte effortlessly translates the Alpine coolness of Bad Gastein. It smartly captures the adventurous with the glamorous - a tres chic and decidedly stirred and not shaken retreat for ski, yoga and summer chill pads.

Rooms

Design Hotel Miramonte Bad Gastein, Austria

Foodie

The cool-creative vibe of the Miramonte spills over into the restaurant, bar and sun terraces that all lookout and over the valley of Bad Gastein and its surrounding mountains. In the dining rooms, modernist Bertoia chairs are decked with sheepskins adding a flavour of 60's glam. While slow-food & organic inspired dishes made with bio-sourced foods deliver a clean, refreshing palette reminiscent of mountain old-timer classics, reworked as healthier options. A communal hotspot loved by the creative scene, Miramonte serves homemade jams, herbie smoothies, detox super-food salads, house-brewed beers, goulash & dumplings and fresh grilled fish to delicious cakes.

Mountains & Yoga make for a fab combo where you can ommmm to your heart's content to the sounds of rushing alpine springs

Spa

Design Hotel Miramonte Bad Gastein, Austria

Spa-ness takes on an urban vibe at the Miramonte and extends well beyond the confines of the hotel walls - using the Alps as the backdrop to its wellness boxset. Inside the spa-zone of chilled, uplifting eggshells, powder blues and grassy greens, is a youthfulness of style which sits well within the in-house AVEDA Spa - experts in holistic nature and Ayurveda wellbeing. We love their Green Science Skin Renewing Treatments - and for the gents - there's plenty to groom and tone. The famous Thermal Waters of Bad Gastein flow directly into the hotel for some serious radon therapy, helping to cure the aches and pains of urban life. Yoga also features high on the wellness menu here, with serious yoga instructor programmes throughout the year and a real highlight - Yoga-Open-Air. Literally, a step from the hotel door sees you in the forests and mountains - a fave escape is the 60 mins yoga session next to the waterfall - a dreamy setting.  So though the spa here is not massive, it is big on using its location to its full advantage - ommm in the Alps.

Location

The location of the Miramonte is a hillside perch situated at the foot of the Graukogel Mountain, the elevated position of its decking making for perfect gazing out across the Gastein Valley. It's just a short stroll into town down the hill past its sister hotel, Haus Hirt, and the forest & mountain trails pass right next to the hotel entrance, so you're always just steps away from adventure. The Miramonte is a retreat location for dreamy alpine chill time in Salzburgerland.

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Owner

Architect Ike Ikrath sees beauty everywhere; he captures the moment and frames it in modern simplicity – clearly evident at his hotel, which sits just up the hill from his wife’s place, Haus Hirt.  

Ike is an exactist, an enthusiast and a visionary – his place is a triumph to his skill in staging a scene, creating a vibe and being naturally interesting.

His funky side makes an appearance, his humour adds edge, as does his passion for the eclectic, and his character ignites the Miramonte with a sense of adventure and original coolness. 

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