Welcome to Arolla

A place out of time


The pure alpine air

Relax & recharge

With outstanding mountain views

Take it all in


A proud member of Swiss Historic Hotels, the majestic Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus overlooks the village of Arolla in the spectacular Evolène Valley


Explore dramatic terrain and ski Alpine peaks, indulge in seasonal and regional fare, live four generations of family history, or just observe the awesome vistas and raw beauty of the Evolène Valley. The Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus has been welcoming guests to this pristine pocket of Switzerland since 1896.

Visitors continue to be drawn by the hotel’s location, perched at 2,100m amidst an expansive forest of Arolla trees, and the warmth of its hospitality – the legacy of founder, Mme Honorine Gaspoz.

The history

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.

Our team

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.

The hotel

La Grande Dame of Arolla

Our 61 rooms offer all the comfort of traditional Swiss architecture while making the most of the natural landscape. Our restaurants and terrace feature a menu of local and international dishes, nourishing diners fresh off the mountain.

The location

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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What’s happening…

……at the hotel and in the Evolène Valley

Ascension Weekend in the mountains

From Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th of May 2021, enjoy a long weekend to take a break from your daily routine. Our offer includes 3 nights in a double room with a stunning view on the mountains, breakfast buffet, half board served in our historic « Honorine » dining room. Relax in our large garden and terrace […]


Springtime skiing in Arolla

As spring gradually takes hold in the Valais with the first flowers blooming, Arolla remains « the place to ski ». Spring is the season of all contrasts in the Val d’Hérens. At the entrance of the Val d’Hérens, the apricot trees start to bloom, while at the end of the valley, the snow-covered peaks attract ski […]

This is why…

…our guests keep coming back

This is why…

…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…

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