This hotel is located in two countries, thus, guests can be in two different countries at the same time, talk about best of both worlds!
The Arbez is on the Rue de la Frontera in La Cure on the French side and the Route de France in Cure on the Swiss side.
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The Arbez came to be in that unique position in 1862, after France and Switzerland modified the border between them in a signed treaty.
Once within the hotel building, you can 'travel' from one country to the other within a few seconds. You can even sleep in two countries at the same time, with your head in one and your feet in the other.
Before the aforementioned treaty, the Treaty of the Dappers came into effect, a local businessman named Alphonse Ponthus built a property that stood on both sides of the new border, opening a shop on the Swiss side and a bar on the French side.
Jules Joseph Arbez purchased the property in 1921 and transformed it into the Arbez hotel.
During the Second World War, the second floor of the Arbez hotel served as a refuge for those fleeing German soldiers because the staircase crossed the Swiss border.
The dining room, the kitchen and just about every room in the hotel is crossed by the border and often, travellers taking cross-country ski trips or those who are just travelling the two countries stop for the night.
The family-run hotel's restaurant serves both French and Swiss cuisine on their menu to customers.