we have seen from the outdoor photos the border appears to follow the
walls between the rooms, and their windows. This we also can see is
the situation in the restaurant where there was made an arch between the
French and the Swiss sides. The Swiss area makes about five metres from
the boundary until the street wall, while the French restaurant side is
about twice the size. Photo: Hotel
photo in better resolution of the same room. Since 2 January 2008 tobacco
smoking was banned in French bars and restaurants. This resulted in that
the Hotel Arbez restaurant was the first Swiss restaurant to apply the
French law. Photo: Hotel
August 2006 one of the two hotel owners, Mr Alexandre Peyron was
interviewed on Swiss RTS TV sitting at the only hotel restaurant table which
was supposed to be situated on the boundary. On this photo it actually
appears that the table was in France, while Mr Peyron was sitting in
Switzerland. Photo: Radio Télévision Suisse.
the way to the 1st floor one meets according to the second owner,
Mrs Bernice Salino the boundary on the 7th step (from above). During World
War II the German soldiers in German-occupied France were not allowed to
enter the first floor since they then had to pass the boundary into neutral Switzerland. Therefore they could not arrest the French
resistance who hid there.
Hering investigating the international borders at Hotel Arbez during the
Peyron was interviewed inside hotel room 6 with the name Les
Frontières. Comparing this photo with the outdoor photo from border
marker no 222A, it seems clear that this room hardly was divided by the
boundary. Photo: Radio Télévision Suisse.
out of the window from room 6 we can see the boundary. Photo: Radio Télévision Suisse.
Arbez room no 6, as well as room no 9 (above in the 2nd floor) seem to
both be located solely in France.