Hotel of the week
Punta Gnifetti, Italy
The highest hotel in Europe offers shelter well above the clouds, said Tom Robbins in the Financial Times. “Getting there, however, isn’t straightforward.” The 70-bed “Margherita Hut,” built in 1893 by the Italian Alpine Club, perches atop a 14,941-foot peak on the Italian-Swiss border. My journey required a drive from Milan to the village of Gressoney, three nights at lower-elevation huts, a cable-car ride, and hiking across glaciers. But the reward is “not some gnarly bivouac.” Guests enjoy a library, espresso service, and al fresco meals overlooking the snow.
rifugimonterosa.it; half board costs $109