Stayed for a week with a friend and had an absolutely amazing holiday. Travelled with Neilson and flew to Lleida, transfer wasn't too bad; about 3 and a half hours.
The Hotel room was good and fairly spacious, we both kept all our kit in the room over night; snowboards included, although there is a ski room.
The layout may not be ideal for some as the rooms are relatively open plan in style (the bedroom was open) but that didn't bother us.
It was clean when we arrived and there were cleaners everyday to tidy up our mess.
Staff were welcoming but be aware that English, although spoken, is not necessarily a second language in Andorra so you have to be selective about who you talk to when you want to find out information. The receptionists were fluent enough and very helpful.
Breakfast was adequate with the usual continental bits available alongside cereal, although there was no hot food.
Dinner on the other hand was a slightly different affair. For the extra bit that we paid to go half board it wasn't a rip off but if I went again I would go B&B only.
As Andorra is tax free eating out was cheap and when we did the food was great.
Mexican at Cisco's (near the main gondola) was well priced and tasted great and the pizza at Pampa over the road was good value.
The main town has loads of other places to eat and drink and the night life was great. If you're out there to party then, from our experience, the Monday night pub crawl is not something to shy away from.
Beer and other alcoholic drinks were cheap, the biggest costs seem to be for products like branded soft drinks, especially on the mountain.
Having the lift right next to the hotel was brilliant. We never queued but it did seem to be a little temperamental; spent around 5 minutes stuck on it a few times. However as it was coming to the end of the season I would imagine it was due for a service.
The hotel is at the far end of the resort, at the top of a hill, so be aware if you have young children it might not be ideal; it's about a 10-15 minute walk down at a reasonable pace. If we went into town before the lifts closed we would just get the gondola up the mountain and then the 6 man lift back down.
Finally and I cannot stress this enough, you're rep will say this too, make sure you get over to Arcalis.
There is a wealth of slopes available for those who get bored on the relatively easy slopes of Arinsal/Pal. There is a lot of variety over there and a park for the more adventurous.
The free buses run twice in the mornings from the car park outside the hotel and are the first stop. Generally by the second stop it was completely full.
Trying to get back from Arcalis is interesting, there are 3 few buses in the afternoons but it is chaotic at best and you have to be determined to get on. Be prepared to miss a bus as it left early, get on an extra bus that's being put on or not get on at all and have to get the local buses back.
That said, we had no problems getting onto a free bus back but met a few people who did. Although a group did get taxis over at around €40.
If you're looking for a comfortable place to sleep on a budget then this hotel would be ideal. I would have given a 4 overall and a 5 for value but the evening meals were a little too disappointing, the same goes for location as it will not be suitable for all due to the walk down into town.
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