The Refuge

“Refuge du lac d’Allos”



‘Refuge du lac d’Allos’ is NOT a hotel! It is a rustic mountain lodge offering basic comfort, food and shelter.

Despite its easy access, ‘Refuge du lac d’Allos’ is OFF the grid: there is no running water (only a spring) and no electricity (only what the stream will provide).
There are NO flushing toilets and NO Internet on site.

The accommodations are traditional dormitories with ‘vintage’ beds!

Ear plugs are highly recommended to ensure a good night sleep despite creaky floors and snoring neighbors!

Each bed is equipped with a fitted sheet and 2 blankets (standard army-issue).
Bring a bed liner or even a sleeping bag if you are sensitive to the cold.
You must vacate the dormitories by 8:00 am; failure to comply will result in all your belongings being placed outside!

In a separate building, you will find TWO dry toilets and ONE single shower. In the best case scenario the water is lukewarm; most of the time it is (freezing!) cold.
The shower opens at 5:00 pm and closes at 8:00 am.

Beds are ‘first-come, first-served’ and CANNOT be reserved. We rely on your common courtesy to avoid any bed-selection skirmish!

Dinner is served at 7:00 pm sharp – at 7:02 pm the soup is already getting cold!
Breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 8:00 am – please respect this schedule: nothing will be served before and nothing will be left after!
All consumptions after 8:00 am will NOT be included in half-board rate and will be charged separately.
Lunch is served from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.

With ADVANCE NOTICE, we can accommodate all food intolerance (gluten, lactose…) and special diets (vegetarian, vegan…), but we cannot accommodate any last minute food request.

Be a responsible hiker: what you bring up, you must take down.
Under NO circumstances can you leave your trash in or around the refuge.
Any violator will be fined and prosecuted by the park rangers.

Please advise us at least 24hr prior to arrival of any decrease in your party’s guests number. Failure to do so will result in full payment for the entire party!

The common fly, ‘musca domestica’ is at home and plentiful in our high mountain pastures. Despite any reluctance, you must learn to live with it as they will still be there long after you have gone!

Note to all visiting Moms: please be advised that due to our lack of electricity and consequently of a microwave oven, baby bottles CANNOT be warmed on site.

With all of the above in mind, we are happy to WELCOME you at the ‘Refuge du lac d’Allos’!