About us

Four-star superior hotel with a long history and first-class team

Here at the Waldhotel Arosa, we do everything we can to ensure our guests have an enjoyable stay. Proof, if any were needed, that we are successful in this endeavour is that 75% of visitors who spend their holiday with us come back again. This is thanks not least to our outstanding team of staff. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication and hard work. We are definitely stronger together!

We are convinced that only a happy team is a good team. Staff who are satisfied and proud of the hotel provide the best service for our guests.

We offer our staff and guests a home from home. Individual personality, mutual respect and friendly hospitality are key to our philosophy. 
 

Our mission
History of the Hotel

Our development from a sanatorium to a four-star superior hotel

The building today home to the Waldhotel Arosa has a long and varied history. It was built in 1910 to be used as a sanatorium – thanks to its location at over 1700 metres above sea level – and was turned into a hotel in 1932.

Since then we have gained decades of experience in the art of welcoming guests and providing them with everything they need for an unforgettable stay.

The building which today houses the Waldhotel Arosa was opened in 1910 as a sanatorium. It soon gained a reputation as one of the finest treatment centres for patients suffering from lung-related illnesses. Its most famous guests during the early period were the authors Christian Morgenstern and Thomas Mann. Thomas Mann' wife, Katia, was a patient at the sanatorium. It was during this time that he began work on his novel The Magic Mountain.

In 1932 the sanatorium closed. Demand for treatment had fallen significantly since the discovery of penicillin.  The building re-opened as the Neues Waldhotel.

During the period 1938 - 1954 the Swiss government used the hotel as a military hospital.

In 1969 major renovation work was carried out. This included the modernisation of the indoor pool.

In 1982 the company became a corporation. Since 1992 the majority of shares have been owned by Andreas Abplanalp.

Two years after the opening of the new Thomas Mann and Magic Mountain restaurants, work began in 2009 on the "Chesa Silva", an extension with 45 new rooms & suites as well as the Silva Alpin seminar centre.

Three years later the spa & beauty area was extended to 1100 square metres. Major modernisation work in the east and central sections of the main building set new standards in infrastructrure and living quality.

In 2019 the four-star superior hotel was re-branded as the Waldhotel Arosa. The website was updated and the hotel's communication channels were adapted to the demands of the digital age.

Great place to work

One of the best employers in Switzerland

As part of the Great Place to Work® study "Best Employer in Switzerland“ the Waldhotel Arosa was selected as one of the winners. The study chose companies of all sizes and working in all sectors which have created a working environment based on trust, respect and fair pay. We are proud of this award!

  • Second place in the category "Hotels"
  • Eleventh place in the category "Medium Sized Companies" (50-249 staff)

Jens P. Fischer

Owner

  • Hobbies: music, mountain biking, reading, hiking
  • Food: South African king prawn curry with rice
  • Book: Chris Carter – Robert Hunter series
  • Film: Shooter, Taken trilogy
  • Star: Mike Portnoy
  • Music: A Day to Remember, Parkway Drive, Annisokay
  • Travel: Peru, South Africa

Jessica Oppawsky

Team leader

  • Hobbies: trailrunning, skiing, yoga, sports psychology
  • Food: Rösti, Asian cuisine
  • Book: Open - Andre Agassi, Becoming - Michelle Obama
  • Film: Never Look Away, The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie
  • Stars: Roger Federer, George Clooney
  • Music: Everything from classic to pop rock
  • Travel: Australia, Cambodia, Patagonia

Stefanie Neff

Head of seminars & events

  • Hobbies: yoga, hiking, skiing, reading, cooking
  • Food: Asian and Mediterranean cuisine
  • Book: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Film: Lion, Inception
  • Stars: Freddie Mercury, Julia Roberts
  • Musik: classic, pop, soul, jazz
  • Travel: Bahamas, Kilimanjaro - Tanzania

David Stein

Restaurant manager

  • Hobbies: films, food, wine
  • Food: "Saure Eier", barbary duck, "Capuns"
  • Book: "Der Koch" by Martin Suter
  • Film: Inception, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Star Wars
  • Stars: Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Music: I like everything
  • Travel: Sweden

Carsten Dorn

Head of maintenance

  • Hobbies: cycling, hiking, internet
  • Food: goulash with dumplings
  • Film: Matrix, Gone in 60 Seconds, Alcatraz
  • Star: Nicolas Cage
  • Music: all kinds of music
  • Travel: United Arab Emirates

Stefanie Ulitzsch

Rooms division manager

  • Hobbies: shopping, hiking, cooking and baking
  • Food: Szegedin goulash with Mum's homemade dumplings
  • Book: Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
  • Film: Gone Girl, The Loft, Suits
  • Stars: Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper
  • Music: depends what mood I'm in
  • Travel: Vietnam, New York, Cape Town

Gerd Reber

Head chef

  • Hobbies: family, cooking, ice hockey, mountain biking
  • Food: Bison in olive crust, cheese from raw milk
  • Book: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • Film: almost all films with Robert De Niro
  • Star: Eckart Witzigmann
  • Music: The Eagles
  • Travel: Tokyo

Team
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A traditionally warm welcome at the Waldhotel Arosa. 

We look forward to sharing our beautiful region with you!

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