The Crans-Montana Youth Hostel is located in a former sanatorium built between 1928 and 1930. South facing balconies and the mountain air lead many patients with lung diseases to Switzerland at the beginning of the 20th century. The aptly named Bella Lui ("beautiful light") was designed by Flora & Rudolf Steiger-Crawford and Arnold Itten in the Bauhaus style. It even was was the first residential building in Switzerland with a welded steel frame.
A listed building since 2002, the Bella Lui's conversion to a Youth Hostel began in October 2016, overseen by the architecture practice Actescollectifs. Many of the colours were restored to the original ones.
Its reopening happened on June 16, 2017 and the Crans-Montana Youth Hostel now offers about 150 beds.
There's even a single room with the original furniture if you really want to step back in time !