Alps Accommodation: Dorms or Private rooms?

Beneath Mont Blanc on the Italian side | Kate Baker
Beneath Mont Blanc on the Italian side | Kate Baker
European Alps refuge accommodationRefuge in the Dolomites: It's what's on the outside that counts!

Is staying in dormitory-style accommodation all it's cracked up to be or is it worth paying extra and upgrading to a private room on your alpine walking holiday?

This question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. It comes down to a matter of personal taste and a range of factors. Understanding what type of traveller you are will help you tailor your Alps accommodation preferences so you can have the best possible walking holiday. Alps refugio accomodation styles, dormsDorm rooms in the Alps vary in appearance, but they are all social places Why stay in a dorm? You’re travelling solo: A dorm is generally the only option available to you when travelling alone in the Alps. Private rooms have two beds in them, so even if you request a private room, the other bed in the room will be assigned to another person and you will end up sharing with someone you don’t know. You like to socialise: In the mountains, when you’re disconnected from social media and other first-world conveniences, good old-fashioned conversation takes over as the main source of entertainment. Many travellers rank the conversations they shared with fellow travellers in dorms after a long day of walking as a trip highlight. It’s not just for young people: Don’t expect the dorms to be filled with backpackers. Mountain refuges are convivial places full of people of all ages and from a range of backgrounds – students, professionals, families and retirees. Staying in a dorm represents a chance to live simply and communally with people from all over the world. Every dorm is different. They can sleep as few as 6 to as many as 40 in bunk beds, one long platform with separate mattresses or one long continuous mattress. Clean bedding is provided, so don’t worry about packing your sleeping bag, but we recommend bringing your own sheet. If you’re a light sleeper, don't forget to pack ear plugs! European alps refuge accommodationQuad rooms in refuge accommodations provide more space Why upgrade to a private room? As the name suggests, private rooms in mountain huts offer more privacy. They usually equate to a bit more space to move and relax after a long day, too. If you are travelling with someone and want your own space, you can pay a supplement and upgrade to a private room. Be mindful that not all private rooms have en-suites, so you may end up sharing facilities with those in the dorm anyway. On self-guided trips private rooms are available every night, but on guided trips you will get a mixed bag of private, quad-share and dorm-style accommodation. Wilderness adventures are designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Just how far out of that zone you want to venture is your choice. Talk to us about our Alps accommodation when you book your alpine walking holiday.    
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