We've stayed in 2 and 3 star hotels during cheap get-away ski weekends many times so know what to expect. This hotel is just as described on the website ~ a decent, clean place to stay. The front of house team are efficient rather than friendly.
We had a really tiny room with minimal storage that had a view of the concrete wall at the back of the hotel ~ but we were there for the skiing so that wasn't a problem. The room, although tiny, was clean and bright and had twin beds, although these were different heights, one being a fixed bed and one being a good quality camp style bed ~ but clean and comfortable. The room was clean although there was broken glass on the bedroom floor, which my foot found ~ my fault for walking around barefoot! We tried to turn the TV on a couple of days in to the break; it didn't work, which was a shame but not really a problem.
The floor has marble-type tiles which we think are heated ~ the rooms are lovely and warm but the heat definitely wasn't coming from the radiators in the room ~ I suspect they are no longer used following a previous overhaul of the hotel.
The bathroom was clean and big enough, with the usual deep but short bath and overhead shower. Plenty of hot water.
The restaurant staff and bar staff are lovely, friendly, good natured and happy to please, but the food is really awful. We stayed half board but should have stayed B&B. Wine and water prices are OK, with a large bottle of water priced at 3 euro and a bottle of house wine just over 10 euro. The bar area is nice with a range of seating areas, a TV, an electronic dart board, a pool table and table top football. There's a 'Blues Brothers' theme on the go, with music to match. Nice big drink measures and prices are OK.
Location was as stated ~ just outside of Soldeu. We used our hire car and parked at the El Tarter car park each day (free) so no problems there. There seemed to be a frequent ski bus service as we saw lots too and from the slopes each day. We parked on the main road outside the hotel each evening ~ we never had a problem finding somewhere to put the car.
The skiing is great, a variety of slopes at different levels, well prepared and maintained, although signposting could be a lot better ~ I often found myself tackling a slope above my preferred level! Lots of lifts with queues but it was the French school hols and the start of the British half term too. Staff on the lifts were friendly and helpful and there's a great choice of slope side bars/cafes, most of which had a great atmosphere. We had to use snowchains for the first time, otherwise I don't think we would have made the journey up to the resort in one piece !
The big drawbacks of this hotel, for us was:
1/ smoking is allowed in the hotel ~ as non smokers we did not appreciate this ~ I prefer to sleep in a smoke free room and drink in a smoke free bar and have nice smelling hair and clothes.
2/ marble floors and ski boots do not mix ~ not only did the floors in the entrance lobby get wet and slippery, the noise was ~ well ~ noisy with people clumping up and down the stairs in the mornings and late afternoons ~ not the end of the world for us but would be a real pain for people wanting to have a snooze before heading for the evening session.
3/ we've never stayed in such a noisy hotel ~ with noise carrying from rooms next too, above and below, the stairways etc etc. Expect plenty of interruptions during the night unless you are a really sound sleeper.
That said, we were there to ski, knowing we could catch up on sleep, and wash our smoke smelling clothes, when we got home !
For the price, the hotel is just OK, but we definitely wouldn't stay here again.
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