At the very end of one of the world's most spectacular rail journeys, Arosa is a lot more than just a ski resort. It's popular out of season with hikers and bikers, and, as well as offering some visually outstanding downhill and cross-country skiing, Arosa is also wonderfully equipped to keep skaters, tobogganers, snow shoe walkers, and snowboarders happy. Arosa also offers night skiing, sleigh rides and plenty of variety when it comes to aprés ski. Arosa is a fairly small resort, so the best places to stay in town tend to be those with the best access to the slopes.
It's more than a ski resort, but it's also a very good ski resort: Arosa's recently built gondola link to Lenzerheide gives the two resorts the largest skiable are in Graubünden. In addition to around 225kms of piste, including some fun moguls around the Weisshorn, there's another 40kms of marked free riding runs and there's plenty of unmarked off-piste area to explore. And 42 lifts to connect it all. At an altitude of between 1,230metres and 2,865metres.
As far as the atmosphere is concerned, Arosa has plenty of alpine magic. It could be the tinkling of the sleigh bells, the prevalence of fondu and raclette on menus or the half-timbered chalets decorated with the traditional monochrome Graubünden designs.
Arosa also clearly has non-skiers in mind, as there are plenty of beautiful walking trails leading to restaurants in which skiers could easy meet you for lunch.
The atmosphere is friendly, the sunshine and snow pretty reliable and it's fairly relaxed. Arosa has a reputation as a family resort and there are certainly plenty of extras laid on to please the younger crowd, from skiing and snowboarding talent shows to night skiing to the sled runs. And which kid isn't going to at least try raclette?
If you're not going to take the view-tastic train journey you'll have to drive yourself - up the 365 hairpin turns on the road up from Chur, just 30kms to the southeast. Billboards count the turns for you on the way up, so you'll know exactly how long your tummies will need to hold out for!
Don't forget that if you're planning to book one of the best places to stay in Arosa during the peak periods including Christmas, New Year and February half term, you'll have to get organised. If you leave it till the last minute, you're likely to be disappointed.
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a modern grand hotel with award winning dining, outstanding views, children's activities, plenty of luxury and its own private mountain railway to whisk you up the slopes.
Located in the popular ski town of Arosa, the Stoffel is the perfect mountain retreat. The classically Alpine rooms & balconies provide a warm welcome from the days activities. The restaurant serves an exquisite range of local cuisine, with stunning views of the region to accompany.
A charming hotel in an excellent location. Beautifully designed rooms reflect the surrounding mountains with pine wood panelling and neutral hues. A good restaurant and contemporary bar. Well priced. An ideal base for adventure enthusiasts.
The Astoria's alpine setting makes it the perfect getaway. Traditional rooms are bright and spacious, offering comfy beds and spectacular views. The spa's Jacuzzi's and sauna will see you relaxed immediately. Enjoy regional cuisine with a view at the restaurant.
A charming Swiss hotel, in the heart of the town. The restaurant serves exciting local cuisine and Strumpf Bar boasts a wide range of cigars and whiskeys. Distinctly Alpine-chic rooms provide a cosy and warm rest from the days activities. Perfectly placed for a skiing or hiking holiday.
One of Arosa's old timers and still hitting the spot. A well run hotel with generously proportioned rooms boasting great views. Excellent gourmet cuisine. An 18-hole golf course next door and great access to skiing. An ideal base for families and adventure seekers alike.
With stylish and cosy rooms the Arosa Kulm is the place to stay whether for a romantic or family getaway The hotels luxurious rooms and surrounding countryside are sure to make you feel at home. The six restaurants offer culinary excellence & the spa's many facilities provide the ultimate pampering.
The Tschuggen Grand has much going for it: award winning dining, outstanding views, luxurious rooms & suites, children's activity programme for all ages and to cap it all a private mountain railway to whisk you up to the slopes.