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Traditional since 1856

In 1856, construction of the imposing Belle Epoque-era building commenced. The mountain hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1858 and was especially popular amongst guests from the British Isles – including the Irish Alpine mountaineer and physicist John Tyndall (1820 to 1893). He spent 44 summers here. In his honour, the Tyndall room has been preserved in its original condition. The hotel was first expanded in 1870, and the construction of the annex in 1885 meant that the number of guest beds could be increased to 70. At the time, the hotel's amenities even included a tennis court(!), and the hotel offered its own postage stamps so that the predominantly international guests could post their letters.

In 1993, the Burgerschaft Naters – a local citizens' collective – took over the running of Hotel Belalp and thereby saved it from closure. The collective renovated the hotel from top to bottom in a style in keeping with the locality and the original architecture. In 1999, the annex suffered so badly under the weight of snow that it had to be demolished. In its stead, the nearby "Lingerie" (washhouse) was added to the hotel's portfolio as a charming holiday home in 2006. To further utilise the special location of the hotel and optimise its existing offering for both summer and winter, its sun terrace was expanded in 2011/12 and a panorama restaurant built. This can be used in a variety of ways and shows off the unique Alpine scenery to optimal effect, thanks to the restaurant's large windows. In 2015, the historic parlour was then renovated in the style of the Belle Epoque.

In spring 2019, all of the guest rooms in the main building of Hotel Belalp were completely refurbished and renovated. During the renovation, attention was paid to using natural, locally sourced materials to retain the hotel's character.

The most beautifully situated tennis court in the world

On 23 August 2012, Hotel Belalp's historic tennis court was awarded the title of "most beautifully situated tennis court in the world". This was the provisional conclusion of the "ambrüf" project launched by Franziska Schnell, who at the time was studying for a master's degree in art at the... Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The project involved a worldwide competition to find the answer to the question of where the most beautifully situated tennis court in the world was to be found. With painstaking care, Franziska uncovered the boundaries of the old tennis court so that, on the occasion of the presentation of the certificate, a tennis match could be played in authentic style at over 2,100 metres above sea level.

A valuable postage stamp

In olden times, hotel postage stamps were used to cover the fee for carrying the post from the respective mountain hotel down to the post office and vice versa. They were issued between 1864 and 1899. At the 52nd International Rölli Auction in Lucerne in February ...2012, some unusual hotel-postage receipts from Valais were amongst the items auctioned. One particular highlight was an extremely rare "hotel letter" from Hotel Belalp dating from 1884, which changed hands for 5,800 francs. The minimum opening bid was 1,500 francs. Originally sent to an address in Westminster in London, this rarity now forms part of a philately collection in England.