Refuge du Montenvers - Summer

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

From £2000 in low season
From £2300 in high season

based on 7 nights inc. flights

Based on 2 people sharing a Refuge Room with a Mer de Glace view for 7 nights on a half board basis including return private transfers to / from  Chamonix.

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At a Glance

  • Dating back to the 1880s this hotel steeped in history and has been carefully renovated to keep the iconic mountaineer refuge authenticity.

  • Ideally located just a two minute walk from the Montenvers train station

  • Comfortable accommodation types from a cosy double to a family suite.

  • Spectacular views, especially from the large sunny terrace

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Visiting Chamonix in summer provides the opportunity to appreciate the sheer breadth of beauty that the Alps offers. Visually stunning, the white snow capped peaks of the Mont Blanc mountain range contrast beautifully with the lush green pastures below, brimming with colourful alpine flowers. Warmer days but cooler nights provide an all round pleasant climate, suitable for everyone.

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Insider's View

Take in the views on the terrace at either Panoramique Mer de Glace or the Montenvers Restaurant - it feels like you're on the edge of the world!

Mer de Glace was given its current name in 1741 by William Windham during an expedition.

Make sure you visit the Ice Cave to see the amazing sculptures which are re-sculted each year.

Try the camembert fondue – a tasty twist on the French classic!

The last train runs at 6pm, so don’t be late!

You will receive a ticket for the ‘Mer de Glace’ with your train ticket, the first cable car to the ice grotto leaves at 10am.

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A high mountain hotel, the Refuge du Montenvers sits at 6725 feet above sea level, commands breathtaking panoramic views and is steeped in history. Built in the 1880s, it offers 20 rooms and suites with a nostalgic alpine mountaineer charm.

The Refuge du Montenvers has been carefully looked after and restored to bring through its historical glory, it transports you back to the age of the first mountaineering explorers with a touch of modern day luxury added in. Ideal for special occasions, a family or group get together or a romantic getaway with a difference, this hotel features family rooms, double rooms and suites.

Built in 1886 to accommodate the first explorers and mountaineers to the Mer de Glace, the Montenvers Refuge is set at 6,725 feet on the Mont Blanc and has been extensively and sympathetically renovated so guests can experience this amazing location in luxury. Overlooking the Mer de Glace and Aiguille des Drus, the Refuge du Montenvers is a unique, high mountain hotel, restaurant and bar which is steeped in history.

The hotel is inaccessible to cars so guests must hop aboard the red Montenvers train, which is an experience in itself with its rack and pinion railway as it travels from Chamonix to Montenvers. Winding its way up the side of the mountain, amongst the pine forests and through dark tunnels of rock, the Montenvers train has been running along this route for over 100 years. The Refuge du Montenvers is just a two minute walk from the arrival point.

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All the rooms have the charm of yesteryear alongside the luxuries of today, featuring cosy lighting and mountain wool along with Pure Altitude amenities and free WiFi.

Refuge Room

The Refuge Room is a small (15m²), cosy but charming room with parquet flooring, reclaimed dark wood panelling, cosy beds and mountain wool fabrics. Also has a bathroom with shower and  metal walk-in wardrobe. Views of the Mer de Glace and the valley.

Hiker Room

At 16m² this room is simple yet comfortable with a double bed and an additional sofa bed for an optional third person. It has its own bathroom and a metal walk-in wardrobe. View of the valley.

Family Hiker Room

With a double bed, sofa bed and bunk beds this room can accommodate up to 5 guests so is ideal for a family. Has its own bathroom with shower and a metal walk-in wardrobe. 22m². View of the valley.

Tribu Room for 5 guests

Designed for a family or group of friends the rooms are simple yet comfortable with one double bed, 2 single beds and another single bed on the mezzanine. 21m². View of the Mer de Glace and the valley.

Tribu Room for 7 guests

Designed for a family or group of friends the rooms are simple yet comfortable with one double bed, 2 single beds and 3 single beds on the mezzanine. 35m². View of the Mer de Glace and the valley.

Altitude Suite

Ideal for a cosy or romantic break. A spacious suite it has a roll top bath open to the bedroom and a bathroom with shower. Also has a sofa bed to accommodate a third guest and a metal walk-in wardrobe. View of the Mer de Glace. 30m².

The Dormitory

The Dormitory accommodates up to 10 guests so is ideal for a large group of walkers and mountaineers. It features capsule style bunk-beds and has 2 double beds, 6 single beds and a large bathroom.


Magnificent panoramic views and gourmet food is on the menu at Refuge du Montenvers. The Panoramique Mer de Glace features traditional alpine dishes utilising the finest regional products with a sunny outdoor terrace offering spectacular views. For light bites and snacks with an amazing view the Bar des Glaciers serves sweet and savoury snacks and is just a short walk away form the hotel.


The hotel has complimentary WiFi

Panoramique Mer de Glace

A bistro restaurant with indoor or outdoor seating, traditional alpine dishes and magnificent views of the Petit Dru and the Mer de Glace. Enjoy classics such as the Savoyard hotpot, Pela des Aravis or 'grandmother's roast chicken'. Open for lunch every day from 12.30 - 3.00 pm.

Bar des Glaciers

Bar also serving light sweet and savoury snacks. Located at the arrival station of the Montenvers train.

Montenvers Restaurant

Serving authentic alpine cuisine, enjoy lunch on the sunny terrace facing the Dru peaks or inside the cosy dining room. Open for lunch and dinner.



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This unique hotel is a bucket list experience for anyone who loves the mountains and wants a new ski hotel experience. This historic refuge was built in the 19th Century for mountaineers to explore the Glacier and ice cave and has been transformed into a luxury base for exploring the mountains whilst enjoying amazing mountain food and total peace and quiet!

Luxury, yes for a mountain refuge, but the hotel is basic with the rooms being simple in style and without any spa facilities. The restaurant however that is a treat! The wine list is superb, and the menu is full of tasty mountain food, such as raclette and fondue, perfect after a big day hiking!

With amazing panoramic views, the refuge is the perfect base for hiking, or skiing the glacier with a guide and can only be reached from the train which stops at 6pm so you have the mountain to yourself on the evening. The ice grotto (Mer de Glace) is open from 10am to go in and you reach this via cable car, a must do during your visit. One or two nights is perfect here and works well combined with Chamonix or Megeve.


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Location & directions

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

Refuge du Montenvers is located at Montenvers, an altitude of 6,725ft or 1,913m.

How to get there

Scott Dunn offers scheduled flights to Geneva followed by a private transfer to Chamonix (1 hour). As the hotel is inaccessible by car guests need to take the delightful Montenvers train from Chamonix to Montenvers which takes approximately 20 minutes.

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