Accommodation types: Traditional
Hotel Arbez - A hotel with half in Switzerland and half in France
'16sep26
Hotel Arbez  

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 boarder allowing him to conduct business in two countries at once. In 1822 it became a hotel. Things got stranger during World War 2 when the hotel hosted occupying Nazi troops who were allowed in 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 favoured by the French and on the Swiss side it is the lighter fare favoured by the airy Swiss. Whatever side you choose you will have a schizophrenic time in this unique hotel.

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Hotel Arbez building on the border of France and Switzerland
Hotel Arbez
Hotel Arbez restaurant
Hotel Arbez corridor and stairs
Hotel Arbez room with bunk beds
Hotel Arbez room
Hotel Arbez bathroom
Swiss and French signs on the wall
France stone sign
Vaud stone sign
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