Hotel Arbez is an unusual place – half is in France and half in Switzerland. When a new border between the two countries was drawn in 1862, it happened to run down the middle of a field owned by one Mr. Ponthus.
He built a shop that straddled the border, allowing him to conduct business in two countries simultaneously.
In 1822 it became a hotel. Things got stranger during World War 2 when the hotel hosted occupying Nazi troops who were allowed on the French side and the French Resistance who stayed on the Swiss side.
Today the hotel is a perfect rest stop for skiers and other adventurous types who want to access the Alps.
There are two restaurants. On the French side, they serve the elegant multiple courses favored by the French, and on the Swiss side, it is the lighter fare favored by the airy Swiss.
Whatever side you choose, you will have a schizophrenic time in this unique hotel.