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Le Refuge du Montenvers: rediscovery of the mythical altitude hotel

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Montenvers: reopening of a mythical mountain refuge

David André

Facing the Sea of ​​Ice and the Drus hands, the mythical Refuge of Montenvers, that the Sibuet family has revisited, reopened its doors. Rediscovery.

It housed there, in 1880, the first mountaineers and travelers come to visit the Sea of ​​Ice, this immaculate and fascinating ocean Mont Blanc, above Chamonix, at 1913 meters above sea level. A legendary "character" that haunts literature, of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to ... Mr. Perrichon's trip Eugène Labiche! Visit.

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A restoration that preserves the authenticity of building

The Sibuet family, whose many achievements sign the majestic Alps, has totally overhauled the granite building with the precious help of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, according to its new philosophy ofFriendly Mountain Hotels"to the natural and current authenticity.

The new refuge of Montenvers deploys all the charms of the past, revisited with the current "twist" of which the Sibuet have the secret. The old wooden fireplaces were turned into a library, the bedside lamps replaced by miner's lamps.

David André

Whether you opt for a single room - romantic experience assured - for dorms in the attic or for a family room, we find the true atmosphere high mountain friendly. A journey into the past with the very current touches: cozy beds, bunk or recessed into nooks, original furniture that has been preserved and diverted to give a new life. On the bathrooms side, the stone highlights the basins and retro faucets.

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Leather trunks, brought back from trips and excursions from another era, are now used as bedside tables ...

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A gastronomy that focuses on regional products

Gastro side, three atmospheres, thanks to two restaurants - the Panoramique Mer de Glace and the Montenvers with its sunny terrace facing the DrusBetween dried meat platters, pepper soup, Savoyard stew and peasant omelette - and a snack, the Glacier Bar, with its seasonal locavore map.

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Snow Terminal, Montenvers Refuge, Le Montenvers, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, tel. 04 50 90 63 37, refuge.terminal neige.com

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