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The Best Lodges in the Alps

To get as close as you can to the beautiful alpine nature, spend the night in a mountain hut or lodge. Whether you prefer to bunk in a cosy room after enjoying a nice meal or at a refuge that feels more like camping, make the most of this unique experience under the watchful eye of the majestic mountains.

Get Some Rest & Relaxation

In the Refuge-Hôtel de Bayasse

Are you setting out to conquer the Route des Grandes Alpes? You won’t be disappointed with a well-deserved break at the Refuge-hôtel de Bayasse! Here, Magali welcomes you with open arms, whilst Damien makes delicious alpine meals made with local ingredients. After a relaxing night’s sleep in one of the refuge-hotel’s cosy rooms, Magali will advise you on the best treks for exploring nearby Mont Cimet.

Refuge-hôtel de Bayasse
+33 (0)4 92 32 20 79

Experience a Night of Adventure

At the Refuge des Écrins

Ideal for seasoned mountain climbers, the Refuge des Écrins, also known as the Refuge Caron, is THE unmissable place to fully experience the high mountains. There is a pleasant atmosphere like no other in this traditional, typically alpine refuge. Its rustic character removes nothing from its charm. Quite the contrary in fact: during the low season you won’t find food or water here. So be prepared and make sure you set off well equipped: picks and spikes are essential for getting to this secluded refuge.

Guardian: Damien Haxaire
+33 (0)4 92 23 46 66 or +33 (0)6 07 79 89 96

Enjoy a Peaceful Break

At the Refuge de Vens

During the summer, after a long walk along the paths of the immense Parc National du Mercantour, say hello to Catherine, the caretaker at the Refuge de Vens. This quintessentially alpine mountain hut, overlooking the grand Lac de Vens), has 45 beds. But forget about your comforts for one night as there are no showers here. Are you looking for the best hiking routes in the area? Catherine will gladly advise you. Collaborating with nine other refuges in the Mercantour, she has devised numerous hiking routes.

Get Carried Away

By the Retrouvance Hikes

Are you a fan of hiking but not all the preparation it involves? The Randonnées Retrouvance can guide you. Launched some fifteen years ago in the French Southern Alps, the Retrouvance concept is a real success with its all-inclusive hiking itineraries. During one week, you’ll explore the sublime landscapes in an environmentally friendly style. In the evenings, you’ll tuck into bed at on of the Gites Retrouvance lodges, your head filled with memories.