This stately hotel was first opened in 1930 in the Modernist architecture style. The bright rooms are deserving of the name Bella Lui, which means "beautiful light". Originally a luxury sanatorium designed by Rudolf & Flora Steiger-Crawford, the hotel is considered a landmark of the Modern movement from the 30ies. Some original furnishings still remain and have been combined in the lounge. The hotel won the ICOMOS award for many origin details which make the house being an authentic time witness.
Special "Mobiliar" Prize 2006 by the Mobiliar Insurance & Financial Securities Company "for the preservation and restoration of large parts of the original furniture in the rooms, designed in the modernist style by Flora Steiger-Crawford (1899-1991), the first certified woman architect in Switzerland".
Built in 1929, the Hotel Bella Lui catered right from the start to a clientele who had certain expectations with regards to hotel infrastructure. When the Bella Lui was constructed, Flora Steiger-Crawford was responsible for furnishing this former sanatorium at Crans-Montana and she developed a new approach to room design. For the Bella Lui only, she created her first gray-green pieces, which included closets, vanity cabinets and office furniture with rolling shutters. The interior architect focused almost minimalistically on linear and strictly functional forms. Thanks to the preservation of the remaining furniture – which was long considered to be of no particular importance – guests can still experience the original design concept today as imagined by the architect at the time.