I read the mixed reviews on the site and went to the Solana with some worries but wanted to report back what I saw and felt.
Smoking - the whole of Andorra still smokes in public places, if you don't like it don't go to Andorra but don't expect any hotel or bar to be different.
Food - Plenty of it and good quality served by freindly people. The 8am breakfast is a bit late and could do with some porridge as an option. The 8pm dinner will be a bit late for people with kids but for adults it fits well with some Apres Ski drinks normally accompanied by some free nachos or toasties.
Rooms - Variable standards but the reps do seem to try and get you the better ones, they are all warm, clean and have good supplies of hot water. Some are noisier than others but the main noise will come from other guests letting children run wild.
Staff - Freindly and helpful, booking taxis for trips and giving advice.
Facilities - The small pool, sauna and steam room are a little dated but fine and help end the day nicely. Never went in the disco. The bar is good, has a wood fire and comfy chairs, free board and card games, pool table and some video games. Large TV if that's your thing showing some english programmes.
Location - 100m downhill from the gondola. Ski Bus stop opposite. Small supermarket next door. Nice position catches plenty of sunlight with decent views, not too noisy at night and has a good selection of bars and restaurants within 200m.
Overall - we had a great week in Andorra that was good value for money and a great alternative xmas. Talking to others in the resort of Arinsal the Solana overall scores pretty well and I hope more of you give it a chance! To those of you that let your children go berserk on holiday, have a little more consideration for the rest of us please (Note - this isn't an Andorra only problem)
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- Also Known As:
- Marvel Arinsal Hotel Arinsal
- Solana Hotel Arinsal