The mountain refuges originally served as overnight shelters for passing mountaineers and excursionists, sometimes even offering catering services. Over the years, with the development of tourism, the refuges have become comfortable establishments, some even offering hotel standards. The refuges in Cortina d'Ampezzo have retained their warm and welcoming atmosphere and offer their guests delicious home-made cooking according to local tradition. Some refuges are easily accessible, others can only be reached on foot or on skis, but the effort of arriving is always rewarded with magnificent views and a great deal of satisfaction. Many refuges can be reached by jeep service from the centre of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Some refuges have added special features, such as outdoor hot tubs and saunas, offering their guests the opportunity to pamper themselves thus making their stay even more memorable.

Staying overnight in a refuge to experience the famous Dolomite Enrosadira colouring the rock pink at dawn and sunset is an absolute must. During the summer season, the refuges are ideal pit stops for a lunch or a snack after a hike. During winter the refuges offer places to rest and refuel for skiers, ski mountaineering and snowshoe excursionists. Many refuges can be reached on foot also in winter. Some refuges offer traditional dinners followed by descents by sled, on skis or by snowmobile under the stars, by reservation.