"Never trust a skinny chef" - wise words indeed. On this basis I was pretty sure the food was going to be good when I spotted the chef, a man of ample dimensions. I was not wrong. The food was excellent with perhaps the best beef stew ever served on a Sunday evening. My compliments to the chef.
This is a modern clean hotel with good food, comfortable beds and pleasant staff. Spa facilities, ski lockers and room safes are provided free of charge to guests.
The hotel is built into a hill so the Reception/Bar/Restaurant area occupies level 5 with rooms above and below. The Spa is on level 0. A garage occupies the basement with its entrance at the rear of hotel; this is the quiet side away from the main road. Rear rooms on level 1 have a patio. On street parking is available free of charge outside these rooms on a new street built to serve the rear of the hotel.
We travelled independently as a mixed group of 6 skiers aged between 14 and 50 or so years. We all enjoyed the Spa and the Games Room comprising table tennis, pool and table football. We didn't have time to use the TV lounge but it looked comfortable with a DVD player provided. There appeared to be few English speaking channels, something to be aware of but not an issue for us.
The hotel is a little outside the village of Soldeu but within strolling distance, made easier apres-ski by the fact that the return trip is downhill. For those familiar with the area the hotel is on the left heading out of Soldeu toward El Tarter, just after the Hotel Roc de St Miguel but before the hairpin bend in the road. The rear of the hotel is directly opposite the Restaurant Can Pep which incidentally grills your order over an open hardwood fire and is well worth a visit.
We had our own transport and chose to drive a few minutes to different ski stations in the Grandvalira area each day. If you plan to use the Soldeu station (drivers should note that there is no longer any free parking available in Soldeu village) the hotel operates an efficient shuttle service to the Gondola, again free of charge to guests. Ski lockers are available at this Gondola station for a charge if you do not wish to transport your ski gear to and from the hotel, useful if you wish to apres-ski to excess in the village!
In short I am happy to recommend this hotel in all respects; I don't think you will be disappointed.
Enjoy your stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EXCLUSIVE, modern and functional Hotel located in Soldeu's entry at just 500 meters long from the Ski Resort Grandvalira by its Soldeu's access and at 18 Km from Andorra's Shopping Center. FACILITIES AND SERVICES: The Hotel completes its facilities with panoramic restaurant with buffet service for breakfast and dinners, cafeteria, reading room, TV room, free Wifi System, garage (limited), free ski lockers, laundry service and an exclusive spa zone equipped with hydro-massage tubs, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, douches of sensations, sauna, UV rays, gym and massages service. FREE transport to Soldeu access in stipulated timetable. Pets are not allowed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Somriu Selection Canillo