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“Superb location, great food but some 'need to knows' for future travellers”

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Refuge du Lac Blanc
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
72 hotel reviews
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“Superb location, great food but some 'need to knows' for future travellers”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

This refuge sits at the giddy heights of 2,300 metres above Chamonix, offering stunning views and a rustic, but warm reception. Here is my usual balanced review and some real 'need to knows' for future travellers.

Here's what we liked:
The blackcurrant tart, the delicious slow cooked beef (which flaked with a fork and tasted delicious), the three course dinner, breakfast and accommodation for just €55 per person, the warm welcome (helped by us speaking fluent French I am sure), the stunning location, warm beds, hot coffee, beer and wine.

Here's what we didn't like:
The electricity was switched off overnight, making any nocturnal trips to the toilet very dangerous. The bedrooms are on the top floor (ie. third) and the toilets are on the ground floor, accessed via a very steep, spiral staircase that was lethal in the dark. The electricity wasn't switched on until around 7.30am, which meant the pump didn't work so nobody could have a shower. There was no hot water other than the showers and no soap provided in the toilets, so 40 people were using the toilets without it (horrible!) and the bunk beds were so close together that a combination of snoring, people getting up to use the toilet and talking late at night was guaranteed to deliver a poor night's sleep.

The 'need to knows'
Take a few things with you as follows: dry soap or anti-septic handgel, ear plugs (for the snoring) an eye mask (for when other guests switch on the lights when you're asleep), your own slippers if you don't want to use the plastic flip flops provided, a small torch so you can see what you are doing until they switch the electricity on in the morning, and finally a camera for the stunning views.

Room Tip: Stake your claim on a bunkbed early.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Wonderful service. Friendly helpful staff. Great food. A real pleasure to stay here after many hours climbing from col de montets.

The views are breathtaking. You feel like you are alone on top of the world. Once The rosy hues of sunset faded, the world outside the refuge was plunged into pure darkness. During diner a full moon rose from behind the Alps bathing the cold alpine landscape in a surreal moonlight.

Cute wooden bunks. Only downside was having a snorer on our bunk room.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

This is one of the easiest hut to reach from Chamonix and offers the most stunning views over the valley of Chamonix, the Mont Blanc and all the surrounding mountains (just google for refuge lac blanc and check out the photos).

It's very easy to reach with a "simple" hike from the cable car, or you can walk up all the way from the valley.

This is not a hotel, but a mountain hut, so you will sleep in a shared dormitory, but the beds are comfortable and are separated in bunches of 4 so you can have some privacy.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Refuge du Lac Blanc
Address: Montvauthier | Mont Blanc, Argentiere, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix > Argentiere
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