The Refuge du Montenvers
Have you ever slept in a high mountain refuge?
Perched on the Mont Blanc massif at 6275 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Montenvers promises an extraordinary experience for hikers and nature lovers, in Winter or Summer.
Built in 1880 under the name of Grand Hotel du Montenvers, to accommodate the first mountaineers and travelers who came to visit the enchanting and legendary Mer de Glace, the amazing glacier, a jewel of the French Alpine heritage, this high mountain refuge displays a sober granite façade, dotted by many small windows. It was entirely renovated in 2017 by Maisons et Hotels Sibuet label that changed the name into Refuge du Montenvers, to offer a journey into the past, paying tribute to the architectural and historical heritage of the place while adding a modern twist. Stepping inside guests can immediately breathe the high mountain atmosphere and live a nearly spiritual experience, living the “refuge” adventure in a rustic mountain decor.
The refuge offers individual, double or family rooms (called Tribu’ rooms) with cozy beds and bunks, and built-in furniture. There’s even a (super cool!) 10 bed dormitory to accommodate groups of families and friends in a laid-back atmosphere.
Guests can relax in front of the fireplace selecting a mountain tale from the library or having a traditional dinner in the dining room of the restaurant du Montenvers or in the charming veranda, which offers an incomparable view on the snowy peaks.
The Refuge du Montenvers, which is located just above Chamonix, is accessible only by a little red cog railway. Smaller kids will enjoy the climb aboard the mythical little red cog Montenvers railway, that offers an exceptional ride, winding through the forest, in between peaks before reaching the icy giant. As for the adventuresome, hikers, climbers or skiers access the Montenvers in the winter is either by the platform of the Aiguille du Midi or the Grands Monte’s ski.
Sleeping in a high mountain refuge has never been so magical.
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Text by Mariangela Monti