We stayed here as a group of three couples in January 2013 travelling as part of a crystal package.
We usually stay cheap and cheerful however this back fired last year so decided to splash a little more cash, this paid off.
The hotel is in a fab location, very close to the slopes and almost ski in ski out (theres a tunnel at the end of the road directly on to the slopes), the hotel benefitted from a small spa, the pool was small but perfectly formed as was the jacuzzi, both of which would get busy as peak times but this was still a great perk to a well positioned hotel. The lounge ara/bar at the hotel was comfortable and welcoming, it would have been nice to have the fire lit but this didnt spoil our stay. Our room was sizeable with a nice bathroom including bath (great when jacuzzi was packed), our room was a little on the hot side (i had read this in previous reviews) our thermostat did work so we could control the heat. My only gripe about the room was the pillows, they were long and narrow, one wasnt enough, two was too much...after a few days i did develop a neck ache which when combined with snowboarding made me quite uncomfortable, next time, i may just take my own......
The pool table was a great addition and never seemend to be 'hogged' by people. A great addition was a mini shop where you can buy things. You must wear a swim hat and flop flops when using the spa, these are sold at this shop but more expensive that if bought in the uk.
Service in the hotel was fantastic, all staff were really nice and helpful.
Food in the hotel was nice, i wouldnt quite say 4 star but nice. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and on the first night the vegetarian options were non existent, we raised this with reception and after a small debate (she was adamant they were there we just hadnt found them) she agreed to raise with the chef. the subsequent nights vegetarian options were there and not just pasta.... they started off great with plenty of variety but trailed off towards the end of the week to just pasta which can get repetitive..... this is unfortunate but not enough to ruin our holiday, we ate well at lunch on the slopes!
The resort itself is fantastic, there is a wide variety of bars, shops and restaurants selling yummy food all high quality and reasonably priced, even on the mountain, this is refreshing given how expensive ski resorts usually are. There was an abundance of happy hours throughout the town and on the mountain which we took advantage of, lots of BOGOF! If you hear of Barney playing, he is a must.....great entertainment (him and his guitar) and a really nice guy.
During our stay the weather was not the best, it snowed all week, whilst this gave great powder, visibility was sometimes impaired and some of the lifts up to the top of the mountain were closed. Usually you can ski the whole ski area as it is linked. We took advantage of a shuttle bus to other resorts, namely Soldeu, this cost only a few EURO and Soldeu has many tree lined runs which protect from the weather and a greater ski area without having to brave the elements. The benefits of catching the bus was also it saved time as its quite a way to ski there so also good for beginners who are a little slower and may not wish to tackle the tougher runs.
As with may ski resorts, the buses are not allwoed in resort, you will get dropped off at the bus park and have to walk through the resort, our reps took our bags up in a mini van which was just as well as this hotel is the other side of the town to the bus park....
on heated ski lockers are available in the basement, a deposit of EUR 10 is required for the padlock. The garage and basement is also passcode protected (im not sure if this is 24/7)
Overall we had a great holiday and enjoyed our time at Hotel Himalaya. Having visited a couple of other hotels (on rep organised activity) it made us truly appreciate the warmth and comfort we had at this hotel. If i was to come back to this resort, i would stay here again without hesitation.
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