Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme
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Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme

Lieu Dit les Chapieux, 73700, Bourg Saint Maurice France
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#2 of 2 hostels in Bourg Saint Maurice
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Richard C wrote a review Aug 2023
10 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Young grungy staff were mostly friendly, polite and helpful. Really spoilt by one incredibly rude staff member. Flies are a big problem and it’s not clear why this spot should suffer from them. Food was really average. They allow camping close by and you can eat dinner and breakfast there. You feel that management really need to get a grip on this place.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wilbert Sison wrote a review Aug 2023
County Kerry, Ireland417 contributions217 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as one of our stops in TMB. We wanted to experience sleeping in a refugio. Unfortunately, this wasn't a good one. A lot of what was said on previous reviews were still the same. Flies all over the place. No proper toilet (maybe source of flies), no shower, dark lights, creaking beds, and coffee is cold. The views here are amazing, and some of their staff were friendly. Internet signal is a bit on and off
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michelle S wrote a review Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom63 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
You need to go into this place with the right expectations…it’s a mountain refuge that can’t be accessed by road, so it’s never going to be the Ritz! The rooms are clean and the beds are comfy. There was no water when we went so the toilets were outside, but they were clean enough. The evening meal was okay but breakfast was a let down, worth bringing your own supplies here. The main downside to this place is the flies - they are everywhere in the main common areas! It’s definitely one of the worse refuges on the trail but it’s absolutely fine for one night.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Don’t get the packed lunch, bring your own supplies instead!
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Amy Baker wrote a review Sept 2020
Thirsk, United Kingdom28 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here on our TMB trip. The room was freezing and there was no heating, the food was very basic and tasteless. Bread in the morning for breakfast was extremely hard, as if it had been left out from the night before to go stale.
The showers were run with a coin machine. This would be fine, however the coin machine was outside of your cubicle so you had to insert before being unable to get undressed. There was then no where to put your clothes whilst showering!
The best part of the stay was the view from the balcony.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Babiguling wrote a review Jun 2023
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Run now by 5 women and 3 young men, the refuge does not live up to its name as the worse refuge on TMB. Instead it is a lovely refuge that is trying its best to accommodate so many folks with only solar power and food carried on their own backs and donkeys. There is minimal light so bring your headlamps for the toilets and your room. No showers. We were placed in a room of 5 (2 bunks plus trundle). Still I appreciate the place, the yummy food, and the sense of some organization. A great trek up snowy slopes to the refuge, it started to rain after and we were rewarded w double rainbows. Enjoy!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kath Stott wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here on the GR5. This was the largest and busiest refuge of our walk, as it coincides with the popular TMB. Feeding and accommodating about 100 people day after day in this high and remote position is no mean achievement . We enjoyed a beer on arrival. The meal was tasty and plentiful with seconds offered and excellent chocolate cake to finish. The showers were in demand so we passed. The toilets were clean. Bunks were clean and comfortable. The young team of staff were friendly and efficient. Reading some of the reviews here, people have unreasonable expectations.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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emyp5283 wrote a review Aug 2023
New York9 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When staying in refuges along the Tour du Mont Blanc trails one expects a certain level of rusticity, but this place is downright dire. absolutely INFESTED with flies which land all over the food. NO running water inside so no showers or toilets, only toilets are outside (fine) but where excrement is allowed to pile up and run down the side of the mountain. Rooms dark and dank and dirty. Whole places smelled musty and disgusting. Breakfast is basically non existent unless a piece of old bread can sustain you for hours long hike. AVOID and try to make it to one of the decent refuges around or camp outside- even with no tent it would be a better experience.
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Date of stay: August 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chris M wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not really sure where to start with this one.

The views from this refuge might be good but that’s about it.

We’ve done a lot of hiking and staying in refuges over the years, but this one was the worst we’ve ever stayed at.

There were flies everywhere, literally all over our food for dinner and breakfast. Doesn’t help that there are bags of animal feed outside I suppose. But more could and should be done to get rid of these flies. The whole place felt like a prison and dirty.

We had booked for 2 of us into a small dorm room with 2 bunk beds. We got taken into our room to find 3 beds were made already. Upon asking at reception, we were told a mattress was on the floor under one of the bunk beds and one of us would have to sleep on the floor in between the beds.

No working showers either.

Just avoid this if you can.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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suzej87 wrote a review Aug 2015
London, United Kingdom1 contribution4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This refuge is in an absolutely beautiful location. This is its one benefit. The refuge itself tries to cater for far too many people and for an extortionate price of €50 you get a slither of foam disguising as a bed in a huge, sweaty, cold, dormitory (don't expect to get any sleep), one sink for all the women staying, toilets that are turned on for a few hours, an average meal and bowl of weak coffee in the morning. I also had the temerity to ask one of the staff to call ahead and book us a bed in a refuge for the next night. He looked me straight in the eye and said he had booked it. After 10 hours of walking the next day I turned up to the remote rifguio elisabetta in Italy and they said they had no booking and that this situation regularly happens. If coming from Les Contamines I would recommend making this a big walking day and continuing to Les Chapieux or Les Mottets. Have lunch at Col De Croix as it's a lovely spot but move on for a restful night free from deceit.
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Date of stay: August 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ogwen8 wrote a review Oct 2017
Farnborough, United Kingdom30 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I hope that my review of this refuge will help to redress the balance of the unnecessarily negative views I have read.

I arrived at the refuge at the end of a dismal day ascending from Les Contamines. It had been cold, wet and windy. I received a warm welcome and the wood burner was doing sterling service as a drying and warming facility.

I hope that negative reviewers will take note of the following. These mountain refuges are NOT five star hotels. They provide an extremely useful facility in a sometimes hostile environment. The costs and logistics of maintaining and resupplying them are not insignificant and food, fuel and other supplies have to be transported either by mules or (expensively) helicopter. The staff work extremely hard to satisfy the needs of their wide ranging clients. Their livelihoods are at stake here and posting a personal grievance that will be online for possibly years to come, could seriously damage the income of these refuge owners – not to mention their confidence and self-esteem.

I have been using mountain refuges for over thirty years and in that time I have noticed a remarkable improvement in their standards and the facilities they provide; from almost unlimited availability of electricity, hot water to free WiFi. The food and facilities they provide may be basic by TODAY'S standards but if you prefer privacy, personalised service and cordon bleu meals then do not use these establishments, go to the five star resorts.
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Date of stay: September 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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958sally asked a question Sept 2018
Preston, United Kingdom2 contributions
Hi can we camp at this site and how much would overnight pitch cost? Thank you
Ken C asked a question Feb 2015
Newton, Massachusetts9 contributions1 helpful vote
May stay in La Fouly...how long would it take to hike to Ferret?
Michelle S wrote a tip Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom63 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t get the packed lunch, bring your own supplies instead!"
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stephanie wrote a tip Aug 2019
Denver, Colorado30 contributions31 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"book early and ask for a small dorm room."
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Dirk K wrote a tip Aug 2018
9 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"When making a reservation, try to get a bunk near a window in a smaller dormitory. Make it clear If you have a preference for a top bunk."
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Imabizzybee wrote a tip Jul 2018
Lancaster, Pennsylvania92 contributions113 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Anything beats the big dormitory room"
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TravelJoe wrote a tip Jul 2017
The Netherlands65 contributions40 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not eat here"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme
Which popular attractions are close to Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme?
Nearby attractions include Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge (7.8 km) and Oratoires de Notre Dame de la Gorge (8.0 km).
What food & drink options are available at Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Gite De Plan Mya, Bar Restaurant des Lanches, and La ferme de la ruelle.
Are there any historical sites close to Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Barrage et Site de Roselend (8.5 km), Chapelle des Chattrix (15.6 km), and Plateau de la Croix (14.5 km).
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