This was our third visit to El Cacadors for a week of hiking in the ‘Val de Nuria’. We have always enjoyed this hotel which is handily situated near the center of Ribes de Freser and is a 5 minute walk from the cog railway station to Nuria. It is a small family run hotel with very modern well appointed comfortable rooms, and a restaurant which offers a tasty simple robust local cuisine in a very informal atmosphere. The staff is friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic, very hard working, and always willing to help out.
The lodging area of the hotel is decorated in a very modern 'boutique' manner and all the 'gold' rooms we have had feature the latest in baths, showers, TV etc etc. Luckily they also featured plenty of odd fittings for us to hang our wet hiking gear on!
If you are on half board there is a menu which changes every day offering 4 or 5 choices for each of the three courses and also includes a fresh mixed salad as well as wine or water. They have many interesting local dishes including bean or vegetable stews (which also contain sausage, ham etc), and some really good fish and meat.
The hotel guests seem to come from all over the world, but gratefully the Spanish dominate, especially at weekends and for lunch. Service is very efficient and the noise level is considerable at times due to the large number of families or groups of enthusiastic ‘adventurers’. If this atmosphere is not refined enough for you they also have a small adjacent ‘a la carte' restaurant.
The breakfast buffet is very comprehensive, from cereals to anchovies, bread to chocolate cake, and tea to wine…you really have to watch your waist line!
As is usual in mountain hotels the atmosphere is very informal so leave behind you suits or frocks as the case may be and join the great unwashed carnivores, hikers, birders, bikers etc that come to the Val de Nuria and enjoy a stay at El Cacadors. … in spite of the weather we have always done!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel and Restaurant located in Ribes de Freser (El Ripolles), at the foot of the Catalan Pyrenees, at one hour and a half from Barcelona, offering a surprising combination of tradition and innovation. This family business has been operating for over ninety years and its atmosphere of a small, enchanting hotel captivates with comfortable bedrooms and personal, welcoming service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Els Cacadors De Ribes Hotel Ribes De Freser