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“Worth the hike!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rifugio Menaggio

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Rifugio Menaggio
Geneva, Switzerland
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Worth the hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

We've been hiking a lot in the area (swiss, french and italuan alps) and I have to say that the views from Rifugio Menaggio are some of the best you can get! This, together with the super friendly staff, great local food and wine, and overall relaxed atmosphere make this place well worth the hike - either just for a day hike and lunch or for an overnight stay! Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Geneva, Switzerland
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61 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

LOVE this mountain hut! This was our second trip to Rifugio Menaggio, and again had an amazing time! First time we stayed in the bunk beds, and this time opted to hike our camping gear up and tent camped! Was amazing- waking up to the most beautiful view of Bellagio and Lake Como- truly breathtaking!

The host, Dario, was friendly as ever, and even accommodated our lateness at arriving at the hut (again!) with a welcome bowl of fresh pasta of the region! Amazing food, friendly staff, and incredible scenery!

Excellent nearby hikes in the Italian Lake region with views of the Italian and Swiss Alps.

A MUST see if you are in the area- but be prepared for a hike up! Shortest option is to drive until there is no more road (road meaning both dirt and asfault, on and off) until you get to a LARGE car park, then it's a 45 min butt buster up to the hut!

Cuisine is typical Italian Mountain style- hearty and fresh! Great for a day-hike, a short trip, weekend, or even a week- plenty to do and see around. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2003

Rifugio Menaggio is actually a mountain hut on the eastern slope of Mt.
Grona about 1350m above the lake. It is fully staffed during the tourist season and mostly year-round on week-ends. It is managed by CAI (Club Alpina Italiana). It has great simple food like polenta and sausages with cheese and similar mountain food. One can stay over night in bunk rooms, but it's best to call ahead if you want to stay there.
The views are superb and the rocky summit of Mt Grona is another 90 min straight up to about 1750m. There are other day-hikes that one can take from the Rifugio to very remote mountain tops. It can also be a stop on a trek along the mountains on the western shore of the Lake. The trail head is in the vicinity of the Chiarella bottling plant in Plesio for a 90-120 min hike, or for a steeper shorter climb one can start in Breglia. It is a strenuous climb and quite hot in the summer, so it is best to get an early start and carry lots of water, however the effort is well worth it.

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Additional Information about Rifugio Menaggio

Property: Rifugio Menaggio
Address: Menaggio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Menaggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Rifugio Menaggio Italy - Lake Como

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