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Refuge de la Caverne Dufour

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Bucharest, Romania
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sleeping condition are refuge-like. But this one has thick and very soft blanckets. A bivy or soie bag is recomended cause i do not know how often the blanket are cleaned. You have water, showers (that we didn't use). They recomend you to go to the sumit at 4am and at 7am the breakfast is served. We were only in...

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

In order to hike le piton des neiges and see the sunrise, you either have to stay here, camp or hike at night. So this is always a packed gite with 3 levels dorms and 15 people per room. The room gets quite hot and can be noisy. At 2am, people start to get up to hike the piton although...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Well, it's a refuge, it's not a boutique hotel. It's a basic accommodation for people seeking a shelter over the night before continuing their hike in the next morning. The bedrooms are made for 9 to 15/16 people, all bunk beds I believe. I noticed that some people stayed at a large tent outside. So they probably set it up...

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Thank FilipaFS
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

No showers, stinky hot bunker tents. Do they even wash the blankets? *shudder* However you have no other options to stay that close to Piton De Niges if you wish to do a sunrise walk. Just to give you a small positive... We could see Piton la Fournaise erupting in the distance at night AND huge bowl of coffee/hot chocolate...

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Bottmingen, Switzerland
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

In my opinion this is the worst refuge i ever visited in my life. Poorly run facilities, unfriendly and unmotivated staff. Never the less the trip to the Piton des Neiges is a must for all hikers visiting this island. The sunrise on the top of the mountain is gorgeous and worse the effort.

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UK
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Stayed here last night. I have no idea what the negative reviews are talking about, maybe written by people who have never stayed in a mountain refuge before. The refuge was spotlessly clean, the toilets flush and there was paper available. The beds are wooden bunks 3 high (get there early if you want a bottom one) and solid so...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 4 December 2015

This is the only Gite that makes it possible to hike from Cilaos to Hellbourg. Located just beneath the Piton des Nieges, it provides basic dorm accommodation. The showers are cold, and the food for dinner is overpriced. Expect four slices of white bread for breakfast. Having said all that, the food needs to be carried in, so you shouldn't...

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Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic
Reviewed 5 November 2015

The chalet is situated on a very beautiful place high above Cilaos, accessible only by foot. Simple facilities correspond to the chalet high in the mountains, which serves only as a place to sleep in a dormitory during ascent of Piton des Neiges. They provide, in addition to accommodation, a hearty and tasty dinner and a simple breakfast in the...

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Reviewed 4 November 2015

We were warned by the concierge of our previous hotel and by a local guide, but still the surprise was unpleasant. Warnings received were regarding the food (apparently many people with stomach problems) and about the filthiness of the place. We brought our own food as to be sure to enjoy the next day. We requested hot drinks, but this...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The Gite de la Caverne Dufour is a mountain refuge. It takes at about 3 hours getting there from Cilaos by hiking up 1100 meters (or alternatively from Hell-Bourg or Plaine des Cafres with over 4,5 hours). There is no other infrastructure with means that the refuge is supplied by helicopter. Given this facts, the hut is in a great...

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Address: Piton des Neiges, Cilaos 97413, Reunion Island
Region: Reunion Island > Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre > Cilaos
Price Range: $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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