Lodging and accommodations in the Alps
For our trips, we usually offer three different types of accommodations.
Enjoy typical hotel services, twin or double rooms with a bathroom. From two to five stars, the types of services vary significantly from one establishment to another.
Mountain huts(“refuge,” “cabane,” “rifugio”)
Isolated and far from roads or any easy access other than on foot, huts usually provide dormitory style sleeping arrangements with one communal bathroom and toilet per floor or for the entire building. FYI, they are most often coed. If/when they offer separate rooms, there are usually only a few available (reservation required and based on availability, so not guaranteed), and the bathroom and toilets are communal like all other huts.
Include guest houses and lodges with vehicle access (and baggage transfers) that often offer both dormitory-style sleeping arrangements but not typical hotel services and facilities. The showers, bathrooms, and toilets are usually communal, and sometimes sheets and towels are not provided. Certain “shared rooms” sleep up to 3 or 4 people.
Every hotel, guest house, lodge, or hut is unique, with its own specific services and facilities.