Arrived at 2pm to be told that rooms were not ready until 4pm. We had our own skis but we could not use the lockers as they were still full and would not be ready until the next day.
Dinner consisted of soup and bread but we did not have any soup the whole week as it did not look that appetising. There was a mixed buffet salad which I had with a fish course from the main buffet. Not bad but the same salad every night. The main course buffet varied every night but was not that good as everything tasted the same really. Desserts were a bit of a joke as one night we had a choice of jelly or tinned fruit salad.
Breakfast was better with decent coffee but my wife had to bring her own tea bags as the tea was poor. Juices and water were available and not bad. There was a selection of meats and cheese with bread/toast available. The cereals were the cheapest ones you could find with little taste to them. The hot food was scrambled egg, fatty bacon, hot dog sausages and beans, every day with no variety. Croissants were nice and some were filled with lemon or chocolate.
The first dinner we met the other guests who mainly consisted of 85 schoolchildren on their annual ski holiday. What a racket at dinner and breakfast as well as late into the evenings.
The restaurant staff worked hard but because we didn't buy drinks on the first night we were never asked again and forgotten about. Drinks are extra, even water.
The reception staff were not very receptive and one was particularly argumentative when I asked her about the internet which was not working.
The Internet can only be described as non-existent. You can only receive it if you sit on the well-worn settee right outside the office as it has a range of 2 metres. Once I managed to connect and was getting speeds of 1Mbps which is slower than dial-up.
The lounge area consisted of a little room with some well-worn armchairs. There was a bar to the side which reminded me of the bar in 'Allo Allo' - wooden tables and chairs with lots of echoing noise. It was fortunate we had relatives staying at the Euro Ski Hotel just down the road as this is a 4 star hotel with a decent bar and communal area. We spent the whole week in their bar rather than the Vall Ski.
The rooms are large with a bathroom with bath and shower (falling off the wall as did one of the bath hooks). Single beds as I don’t think they do doubles. 2 large wardrobes and a lounge area out the front with a bed settee and a pull out bed. The TV was typical for European hotels. There was a fridge and a safe but the safe costs 1 Euro per day.
The room was plenty warm enough but the reason was the air con / heating came on at 6.52am and was so loud that it woke me up every morning. It came on again towards the latter part of the evening and kept me awake until midnight when it would switch off. The ear plugs definitely helped especially with the teachers saying goodnight down the corridors to the 85 school children.
Do not think of walking to the chair lift with children as there is limited pavements and was particularly dangerous where the building works are taking place. The shuttle bus runs every 15 minutes from 9am until 10.15am then again from 4pm to 5.15pm but you have to book every day with reception.
There is a free bus from the large supermarket which is just past the gondola provided you buy something. This is worth a visit as it is quite unusual with lots of local produce you can taste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located in Incles Valley at just 800 meters from the Ski Resort Grand Valira by its El Tarter’s access and at 17 km of Andorra’s Shopping Centre. Services: The Hotel completes its facilities with buffet restaurant (drinks not included), cafeteria, polyvalent room, wifi free zone, internet point, garage (limited), laundry service, free ski lockers and relax zone (extra charge) with Jacuzzi, Sauna and massages service. FREE transport to El Tarter access in stipulated schedules and DAILY ANIMATION PROGRAM FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. Rooms: The Hotel has 37 standard rooms for a maximum of 4 people and 13 duplex for maximum 5 people, all of them equipped with bedroom and living room with nest bed, complete bathroom with hairdryer, direct telephone, Satellite TV, fridge and safety box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vall Ski Hotel
- Somriu Hotel Vall Ski Andorra/Incles