Got back from Andorra yesterday morning and already missing the slopes. We stayed in the Euro Esqui and had a great time. I can see why some may not have liked it; people often hold high standards that far exceed the price they pay. Of course, everyone's experiences will differ but there were 6 of us and we weren't disappointed.
Firstly, on the downside, the food was a bit hit and miss. It's a buffet with plenty of choice, and on the last night it was delicious but most of the time it was average. That said, I'm a seriously fussy eater and there was plenty to keep me from slipping into a hypo-glycaemic hunger rage. The wi-fi in the public areas was pretty rubbish. The router was obviously over loaded as it only really kicked in properly while I was waiting for the coach to the airport at 4am on the last morning when most other guests were sleeping. Also, I quite fancied a swim one evening but they have a rule whereby you have to wear a stupid swimming cap, though apparently this is fairly common. It did mean I didn't get to use the pool though as I refused to pay 3 Euros for something that makes me look stupid and that I have no intention of wearing ever again.
That was pretty much it for my gripes.
The complimentary shuttle bus from the hotel to the nearby El Tarter gondola was fantastic. The lockers were big enough for 2 snowboards or 2 sets of skis as well as 2 pairs or boots. There is a small ski shop actually in the hotel so I was able to drop my board off for a quick service as soon as I arrived so I didn't have to go out looking for somewhere. It was reasonably priced and my board was ready to pick up in the morning before jumping on the shuttle bus. My friends also hired all their kit from there, it was incredibly convenient.
Rooms were spacious, comfortable and clean. The bathrooms were lovely. Shower was pretty powerful and hot. Nice towels and complimentary soap, bubble bath and shower gel etc. Plenty of wardrobe space and a window that opens properly. The maids did a good job every day, they even folded my pyjamas. I forgot to leave them a tip.
Location wise it's nice and quite but a little bit in the middle of nowhere, between Soldeu itself and the El Tarter gondola, so it depends whether you want easy access to bars and restaurants. The road down to the gondola is treacherous so, although technically walkable, I'd advise you wait for the shuttle.
Soldeu is maybe a 15 - 20 minute walk up what our rep dubbed 'cardiac hill', or a short 1.80 Euro bus ride from the stop outside the hotel next-door. It doesn't take too long to walk back down though.
The reception staff speak very good English and were all very helpful.
In short I, and the rest of my party, really enjoyed staying at the Euro Esqui. It was excellent value for money and I wouldn't be averse to staying there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Euro Esqui Hotel
- Euro Esqui Soldeu
- Hotel Euro Esqui Andorra/Incles