'A former girls' finishing school, but don't let that put. you off' was the intriguing beginning of the report on this converted chalet, opposite the local museum right at the top of Arosa. 'Like a great-aunt's house' was the summary of the interior, particularly the dark wood-panelled hall and wide staircase that creaks with every step. Upstairs, the students in number 38 probably lay awake in their twin four-poster beds, staring at the carved partridge on the ceiling, while those in number 43 no doubt preferred sitting on the rooftop terrace to studying at the jolly red-painted desk and chairs. In contrast to this remembrance of things past is the spacious, contemporary comfort of the new suite with its eau-de-Nil carpel, pretty white organdie curtains and pale wood. There are also five functional bedrooms in the new wing.
This is one hotel where the claim of 'ski out, ski back' really is justified: lifts to the Weisshorn and the Hornli are only minutes away. At the end of the day, there are three Stublis for relaxation and socialising. An American visitor told us she thought it had the 'old-fashioned ambience of a New England inn'.