The hut was built in August 1915. The building material was brought up to its sister hut Hörnli by the help of animals. From there a temporary cable car was set up to transport the material up to the site. The hut was erected within a week. In 1966 the hut was rebuilt and ten years later an emergency telephone was installed.
The hut is named after Belgian Ernest Solvay (1838-1922) He donated the Hörnli Ridge hut on the Matterhorn as gratitude for the unforgettable hours he spent in the mountains, and to offer shelter for the occasionally sudden thunder storms which lead to tragedies.
The Solvay Hut offers Good emergency shelter at the altitude of 4003m/13,150ft and is comfortable with the most incredible views to compliment.