Hotels are the main type of ski accommodation in Andorra, and they come in every shape, size and style: big, brand new and luxurious, small, traditional and simple and everything in between. Cost-wise, you’ll usually end up paying a lot less than you would in the Alps or North America, even when it comes to fabulous four and five star properties with meals included.
While Andorra isn’t swimming in ski-out properties in the same way as France, you can still find locations right by the pistes and ski lifts. These can save a shedload of hassle, with no galumphing in ski boots or cramming into busy buses. From Pas de La Casa’s Hotel Himalaia Pas, you’re out on the slopes within seconds of leaving the locker room, while Hotel Font D’Argent is a snowball’s throw from the ski school meeting point, and even nearer the ski lifts. The Himalaia in Soldeu has doorstep skiing too, as does the Nordic in El Tarter which is right at the foot of the ski slopes.
A lot of people rate Andorra for cheap ski holidays, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t do luxury too… The finest five star hotels come with swimming pools, palatial spas and celebrated restaurants, ensuring you’re excellently pampered and provided for off the slopes. Diana Parc gets rave reviews for its bowling alley and show cooking, and the newly refurbed rooms come with Jacuzzis and massage jet baths worth writing home about. Best of all, you don’t have to spend thousands for a life of lux in Andorra – even though they have four and five star ratings with all the trimmings, these hotels often cost the same as 2 or 3 star properties would in the Alps or America.
There’s a terrific range of meal plans and meal types available in this neck of the woods. At the top end of the scale, you can feast on fine dinners prepared by Michelin-starred chefs at Sport Hotel Hermitage, while smaller hotels provide a hearty menu of international dishes, featuring local Catalan specialities like grills and stews. Opt for B&B if you want to try out local tapas bars, burger restaurants and pizzerias come dinnertime, or book Half Board or All Inclusive to enjoy most – or all – of your meals in one place. Breakfasts tend to be continental, though in higher rated establishments you’ll find freshly cooked hot options like full English, crepes and omelettes.
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