Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus

  • Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus, Arolla
    Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus Front Building
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    Ball Room and Animation Room
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    Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus
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    Front and Forest View
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    Historic Living Room
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    Junior Suite
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    Le Carnotzet d'Honorine - Restaurant
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    Living Room
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    Newspaper Desk
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    Piano Living Room
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The gateway to the highest peaks in the Alps, where generations have met since 1896.

In a beautiful pine forest, surrounded by a large park, lies the Kurhaus Hotel at 2,100 meters above sea level. The hotel, built in 1896, radiates both the coziness and the permanence of a mountain hotel. The eventful history of the hotel, which has been run by the same family for four generations, can be seen and felt throughout the building. Many of the 72 rooms offer an unforgettable view of the nearby mountains peaks. The unique quiet location ensures perfect relaxation.

Geschichte Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus

History since 1896

The Kurhaus in Arolla, the popular mountain climbers' village at the back of the Val d'Hérens at 2100 meters, was one of the last larger hotels built in the valley. The same family had opened the Hôtel de la Dent-Blanche lower down in Evolène in 1858 as the valley's first inn and had made a success of it. They built the new Kur­haus in Arolla as a massive, three-story stone building with a saddleback roof and numerous wooden balconies in the middle of what was, at the time, an extensive larch forest. The first visitor to sign in on August 6, 1896, was the local vicar: H. Percy Grubb, Pasteur à Evolène - The Lord be with thee". Arolla's new hotel rapidly held its own against the long-established ­Hôtel du Mont Collon. In 1913, the enterprising owner even built his own power station to deliver the desired electricity to the hotel. Thanks to the steady patronage of mountain climbers, the hotel managed to survive the crises and war years of the 20th century undamaged. In 1930, there was even a modest addition, two window axes wide, on the north side. In the 1960s two stories were added and central heating was installed. The hotel was thus ready for its first winter season in 1968, as Arolla had become a winter sports resort with several ski lifts. The Kurhaus with its large park, surrounded today by an airy pine forest, still radiates the coziness and simplicity of a true mountain hotel. It is managed by the fourth generation of the founding family and has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2006. (RF)"

Steven Jacob
  • Host
  • Steven Jacob
  • Hotel type
  • Banquets, Seminars, Wellness/Spa, Active/sport, Family/child friendly, Park/Garden, Art and culture,
  • Hotel classification
  • Location
  • In the mountainsIn the mountains
  • Memberships
  • hotelleriesuisse
  • Open
  • December to April / June to October
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