Proud to be part of the prestigious Swiss Historic Hotel label, the Grand Hotel & Kurhaus welcomes you in the 4 seasons for stays in the mountains at the bottom of the magnificent Val d’Hérens: a preserved valley of the Swiss Alps
Situated in the village-station of Arolla, the hotel with its historic cachet is nestled at an altitude of 2070 meters in the heart of a forest of larches and arolles. In its mountain setting, the building with its imposing wood and stone facade is surrounded by majestic peaks that have shaped Arolla’s reputation over the centuries: Mont-Collon, the Aiguille de la Tsa, the Pigne d’Arolla… names that evoke the conquest of the peaks.
What if you stayed at the Grand Hotel & Kurhaus d’Arolla to relive the 19th century mountain epic of the Swiss Alps ?
A labour of love
Opened in 1896, the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus was a striking presence in the Evolène Valley. For founders Honorine and her husband Jean-Baptiste Gaspoz, the hotel was a labour of love: love for hospitality and love of the Swiss Alps.
The hotel was constructed from stone carved from the mountains and on a frame of wood hewn from surrounding Arolla trees, appearing to grow from the forest.
After years planning and building together, Jean-Baptiste passed away before the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus was complete. Honorine forged ahead and established a formidable business, the vision and spirit of which remain long after she too passed. Newer establishments have opened over the years, but none rival the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus’s charm, setting and heritage.
Always available to assist in organising activities including guided hikes, skiing, (including one of the best heli-skiing in the region), snow shoeing, dog sledding, family nature trails, ice climbing, cycling, paragliding, and yoga.
Early mountaineering pioneers were drawn by the hotel’s location, and the spirit of exploration and history of hospitality remain at the core of the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus. Guests return time and again to experience the awesome natural surrounds and enjoy the atmospheric interiors of La Grande Dame of the Alps.
La Grande Dame of Arolla
Exploration and relaxation
Nestled between Verbier and Zermatt, the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus offers unparalleled access to ancient forest, glaciers, mountains and the Veisivi meadows, but remains uncrowded and unspoilt.
The snow-dusted summits of Aiguille de la Tza, Mont Collon, and Pigne d’Arolla can all be seen from the hotel.
The Kurhaus was so-called for a reason, and follows Switzerland’s history as a destination for rest and recuperation.
Arolla trees and their oil have traditionally been used to aid sleep and relaxation, and due to the hotel’s original construction, these remain in the very foundations of the Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus.
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…our guests keep coming back
The hotel is charming in every way and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.The location is unbeatable for skiing and touring locally in the Arolla valley…
Welcoming historic hotel – blissfully quiet, with an occasional chorus of cow bells. Hiking right from the hotel is spectacular…
This place appeared like an oasis at the end of a long trek, right off the hiking trail. Staff were incredibly friendly and the hotel was gorgeous…
For my first visit to the Valais, I had the chance to stay at the Grand Hotel Kurhaus. The magic of the place works quickly, combined with a warm and attentive service…"
I stopped by chance and discovered an enchanting terrace! The view is spectacular. In addition the food was excellent and the service attentive…
In the middle of nature, great view, historic hotel, warm welcome, far from the daily stress, ski in, ski out, good map. Enjoy the charm of the building…