Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hostel Environment: New Italian Alps Inn Could Be World's Scariest

A new hostel has opened up in the Italian Alps that could possibly be the world's most frightening!

Shaped like a metal tube, the small hostel is precariously perched on a mountain peak in the deadly Mont Blanc range. It is designed to hold up to 12 guests—hikers trying to trek the Alps— and will be a welcome refuge to adventure-seekers caught in dangerous weather conditions high atop the mountain.

The haven includes wooden bunk beds, a kitchen, dining room, storage racks and a living room with stunning views over the nearby Fribouze Glacier. The solar powered inn replaces a dilapidated wooden hut that stood on the site for over 64 years, which has been dismantled and relocated to a museum. 

Some critics have complained that the new refuge is incongruous with the breath-taking surroundings, but that is by design. Rescue squads note that the new structure will be more visible to people seeking refuge in the region's unpredictable and constantly changing weather conditions. 

The sky-high hotel includes internet connection in order to give real time information on weather conditions for hikers. Reservations have to be made online and it is expected to  cost around 30 euros a night to stay there.

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