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Hotel Nievesol
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Formigal
Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is an affordable hotel that was pleasant if a bit old fashioned. It is in a good location where you can walk to the supermarket and all the ski shops. The ground floor has a very large (but basic) play area for kids which seemed fine to me.

I like the:
- room. It was clean, very large and warm. Rooms 239 and 240 by a quirk of architecture are really very large.
- the bathroom was modern and clean.
- staff. They were friendly.
- the rate.
- location. Don't waste your money on getting a better located hotel... it wont be. At Formigal you do not ski straight from any accommodation. Everyone has to bus across to the ski slopes (3 mins at most to the closest lift.)

I note that:
- the foyer only has one computer.
- no view to speak of from our room.
- the breakfast is the standard fare. Be early as it can get busy.
- the wireless was completely lost on our second day.
- the weather forecast provided by the hotel and the resort seemed at complete odds with the reality. I.e. I would get a visual with a webcam.
- very few non-spanish people stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

18 of us stayed at the Nievesol from March 12-18 for a skiing holiday in Formigal. The hotel is in the centre of the town so very accessible to the bars and restaurants. The bus to the slopes stops right outside the hotel, leaves every 5 minutes and only takes a few minutes to reach the chairlift. The hotel provides free lockers (5Euro deposit returned at the end of the week) so for a skiing holiday in Formigal it is ideally placed.
The hotel itself is very dated. The rooms are just about adequate and clean with a powerful showerhead above the bath. The hotel provides free wifi in the reception area which occasionally reaches the bedroom (we were on the top 4th floor). The bar area is good and fairly cheap (3Euro for large beer, 2Euro for large glass of wine) and all the staff very friendly.
The rooms had a tiny TV but didnt have a single English speaking channel.
The main downsides of the hotel are:
1: The place was stifling hot. Unfortunately the radiators in the bedrooms were very dated and could not be turned down or off so many of us had sleepless nights due to the heat, despite the comfy beds. The bar area was the same. So uncomfortably hot that so we only stayed in the hotel bar once – the last night because there was a heavy storm outside.
2: The food. Urrghhhhhhhh! Possibly THE worst food I have ever tasted anywhere in the world. Breakfast we the same every morning – undercooked eggs and undercooked streaky bacon. The dinner menu was something to behold. A lump of meat with slushy sliced boiled potatoes every night – always on the bone; always more fat than meat; always nothing like described on the menu; never served with vegetables (we did not see a piece of green all week!). The starters were not much better except when we had spag bol one evening and the puddings were generally bland and inedible. So bad that even though we had paid for dinner we had to eat out a few times.
So in summary, good location, good staff, but far too warm and terrible, terrible food.
In terms of Formigal itself, we flew to Toulouse so had a 4.5 hour coach journey. During the week the town was absolutely dead, so it was a good job we were in a group of 18 so could make our own entertainment. However at the weekend the ‘locals’ (some as far afield as Madrid) flock into the town and it gets packed. The resort unfortunately did not have a great deal of snow although the majority of red and blue runs were open with the snow cannons doing their jobs overnight. The weather was very warm and sunny which meant that skiing was over by about 2pm as most of the snow turned to slush by then. The ski lifts are good and like the town the slopes were very quiet during the week but absolutely packed on Saturday. It was also quaint (and unusual) that few people semed to speak English!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Nigel W
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Hotel and rooms were clean and tidy, although the rooms are in need of some TLC. Staff were friendly.
We were half board and the breakfasts were generally good although limited. Dinners were selected from a menu and were at times poor and at others average, it really needed to be buffet style with a little more selection.
Location within the village was excellent and within easy reach of bars, shops and ski buses.
Grajos was a good all round place to eat and drink - very, very busy at weekends with local visitors - Scott was very pleasant and originally from Manchester, so helped us with the menu, as English not spoken that much.
Skiing generally was good for time of year (March) slopes were groomed each night but soon became bumpy, after all the temperature was +17 C (62 F) at times.
There was only 1 of the 3 restaurants open on the slopes (Anayet), although as expected a little pricey, the service and food was good

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

Having seen a couple of mediocre reviews i was rather nervous of staying at neievsol, but i was happy to find it of a much better standard than i was expecting.
The staff were helpful and friendly, the rooms were very clean and while the food won't win any michellin stars it's more than adequate and there was lots of it. The location is perfect - the bus leaves from directly outside and it's five minutes to the slopes. The hotel has ski storage available at 5 euros for the week which is refundable and so excellent value.
The bar is large with a good range of reasonable drinks and if u do wish to eat out the restaurants around the town are very good.
I cant give it five stars for just a couple of points. The balcony rooms are quite small and there are no drinks making facilities, and yes as other people have said the front rooms can be noisy at night due to people outside smoking and chatting at all hours. The noise is not the hotels fault though and i just deployed earplugs!
All in all it was really good value in a great location and we're already planning to go back next year.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

The hotel has a great location as the ski bus pick-up point is about 50 yards across the square, with buses on a rolling basis for the 5-minute ride down to the main ski lift at Sextas. This is its strongest selling point as the village is built on a steep hill giving you quite a climb to other Hotels. Our Twin room was pretty small and as with most hotels, no where near enough hanging space for your all skiing kit, let alone other clothes. The room was serviced well each day and general cleanliness seemed good. They have a ski service area downstairs and free lockers for your skis and boots.

The Hotel staff are very friendly and helpful in all the areas. The food was always sufficient for my large appetite, not brilliant in its range but then you must remember how much you paid. Dinner is 3 courses with a choice of 3 items for both starter and main courses. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet-style arrangement - plenty of fried eggs, bacon etc.

Al Milne, the Rep. was one of the best I've come across in years, always available to ski guide you around the resort and kept in touch with us every day of the trip. He ski-guides to the ability of the slowest person in the group and always does a head-count at every opportunity - in short, a very professional guy. Take up his offer of a guided tour on the first day and hang in there for the 'finale' - a tow up to a hidden valley behind a piste-basher.

The ski area is spread over 4 sections/valleys and is well-maintained and pisted, easy to find your way around. Lots of Blue and Red runs, with some Reds like Blues and some Blues like Reds - how do they make these grading decisions? Wore a helmet for the first time as more and more people seem to wear them now. Buy yours in the UK, they are pretty expensive in resort.

Overall, a great week's skiing. Make sure your ski kit is good - temperatures ranged from +4C to -15C while we were there. Prices for drinks and food around the resort and pistes were very reasonable and similar to what you'd pay in the UK. I'd go back again without a doubt.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

The hotel is very basic, small rooms, but very clean. However, the food is horrible! We had paid for half-board and so either had to eat there or lose our money. Another problem we had was that the night club (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) was directly underneath our room. This became a problem when people came out of the nightclub and held loud conversations underneath our rooms at 3am. We asked to be moved, but at high season, there were no more rooms. On our last-but-one night, the two rooms opposite us were taken by a group of Spanish teenage boys who ran up and down the corridor, shouting and banging doors. Needless to say they didn't listen to our protests. We complained to reception, who came up to "have a word", this didn't work! On our last night the same thing happened - the night porter managed to shut them up after I called down to reception at 12.30am practically in tears after having had very little sleep for the previous 2 nights. I've been in very basic hotels which have taken bad behaviour like this seriously, and it makes a difference - I feel that the management were more concerned with making their lives easy, rather than making sure their guests had a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

We booked through Neilson Ski to stay at the Nievesol, Formigal, Spain during New year and liked the reviews of this hotel. Wouldn't book through Neilson again as a cock-up with flight tickets etc, they changed out flight on Christmas Eve, two days before we left, saying that they would e-mail through e-ticket for new flight. Had to chase e-mail as did not receive, then when received it was not an e-ticket but was advised I could fly with just this e-mail and also that the terminal would be the same at Gatwick (South).

We arrived with plenty of time at Gatwick to find our flight was not taking place from the South Terminal, so we had to get a bus to the North Terminal. Queued for check in and was then advised that as we had no tickets we could not check in and we had to go the customer service to pick up tickets. At customer service was told the tickets were back in South Terminal but as it was getting late they would approve the e-mail paper so we could fly but that we would have to pick up tickets in Spain to return! What a Palaver!!

Anyhow there was only 35 of us on our flight to Zaragoya (which should have been Huesca originally) and included in these 35 was our resort rep Alastair, who was flying in with us after a Christmas break back home - this was the first week of the ski season for Brits in Formigal. Alastair was the resort rep for all UK tour operators in Formigal (Crystal, Neilson, Igluski etc)

Alastair was a good rep, giving us information on the flight out and also on the coach journey to the resort, he was very laid back but this was not a problem.

Upon arrival at The Nievesol we were impressed, lovely large reception and lounge area, Reception staff were lovely and friendly and as we arrived at 9.45pm we asked if we could eat and they said no problem. We went to the restaurant and was greeted by the Maitre' D Andreas, who spoke wonderful English and guided us to our table to receive a three course meal, choice of three starters and three main and buffet dessert, much more than we expected after arriving so late. Food at this hotel is not the greatest but not bad either and they also have a childrens buffet so that if there are dishes that the children do not like (or indeed the adults) then they could eat from the buffet, which contained the usual pasta, chips and chicken nuggets etc.

Once we had eaten we returned to the reception to check in and at first they did not have rooms next to each other for us (me and my husband) and our two daughters, we were to be put at opposite ends of the hotel, great for us but girls did not like it. Anyhow after requesting they find two rooms together, the receptionist asked her manager who kindly found us to room (322 & 323), but informed us that the previous rooms would have been larger with balconies but these two would not have balconies. We were fine with that as we wanted to be close to our daughters. Rooms were small but adequate, enough closet space, nice bathroom with very good, hot and powerful shower and toiletries and soft towels, only thing missing was face cloth or flannel so would advise packing those. Beds nice and firm, so if you like hard beds these are great, I had great niights sleep in them, however my daughters moaned they were too hard. Rooms are very well cleaned and cleaning staff are lovely, same lady cleaned the whole week and would always say "Hola" as we passed.

In some previous reviews I noted complaints about the lift, there is only one lift but we found it fine and did not have any trouble with it.

Hotel has a well equipped Games Room in the basement with a pool/snooker tables, air hockey table and some gaming machines, plus tables and chairs. There are ski lockers in the basement, but we paid to store our skis etc at Sextas the main ski point. There is a disco in the basement, which we used on New Years Eve and was great, but otherwise you would not know it was there as no noise, open Thurs, Fri, Sat and special occiasions i.,e New Year.

Large bar in hotel and bar staff spoke enough English to make our stay enjoyable, very good service throughout the hotel and even the staff that could not speak English, tried their hardest to make our stay enjoyable - very nice people. We appeared to be the only English in the hotel at the time, but in no way felt out of it or different.

There is ample lounge space to sit after a meal and have a drink or play cards and there is a selection of games in the reception area to be used in the evenings and there is even a separate enclosed smoking room by the bar, with glass walls and doors so smokers do not feel too segregated.

All in all a lovely 3 star hotel and we visited the other hotels nearby who were all four star and not much different apart from the Aragon Hills who looked and felt a bit classier as a spa hotel but a bit stuffier.

New Years Eve was good in the hotel, had a lovely meal (best of the week) and free wine and our rep Alastair joined us for the meal and a game of cards after before midnight. Hotel provided bag of goodies each (hats, streamers, noisy blowers, masks) and also a bag of 12 grapes which you are supposed to eat one grape per chime of the New Year bells - Spanish tradition - I only managed five. After celebrating the new year in the hotel, we travelled to the other hotels to meet up with people we had met on the plane and we gate-crashed the Aragon hills celebrations as they had Samba dancing, a live band and free bar. After that we went back to the Nievesol as they had a disco in the basement and joined the hotel staff and the town's people dancing which was good.
Skiing in Formigal is good, some lovely long red runs and the blue runs are long as well but can get very busy with Spanish people on weekends and found the Saturday before we left the busiest, hundreds of Spanish people who had driven in for the weekend queuing at the chair lifts. Other than that there were no queues and with regard to queues, the Spanish are very good, no pushing in or shoving anywhere, not like in other European resorts, again very nice people.
Weather wise it was not so good, it rained solidly for the first three days, so we were saturated each evening and had to try and dry all our ski clothes on two small radiators in the rooms. There was still plenty of snow so could still ski but visibility was very poor, on third day it started snowing and carried on for a couple more days, so still no good visibility, then on fifth day we had sunshine - best day and last day was just right, snowing but could see.

Alastair our resort rep took everyone up on the slopes on the first day to show them around the different runs and we met up with him on some evenings in our hotel bar or around, he was very good and very helpful in his laid back sort of way.

Ski areas meeting points are good, Sextas being the main one, with Restaurant, Chocalatier (Coffee and chocolate) and fast food snack bar as well as ski hire, ski lockers, very clean toilets, shops etc, then there was Anayet with the same facilities and then Portalet a bit smaller. In between each run to the different points are several small snack bars or chocolatiers plus a couple of warming Tepees and and Igloo Bar.

Prices not bad for food and drink in this resort, have had worse.

On one of the runs back down to Sextas, you can see the Husky Dog farm and Skiddoo trails, you can book these through your rep, looked good but we didn't do as have done before in other places.

On ou return to the airport to fly home, we were given vouchers for free lift passes for a week in Formigal for the ski season 09/10 (apart from half term) so if anyone reading this is thinking of going let us know and you can have these free lift pass vouchers, we have four - first come first served, send me a message. Only condition is you have to book holiday through a UK tour operator like Crystal, Neilson, Igluski (if booking through Igluski, talk to Sean, he wa there on holiday with us, a lovely guy) etc.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Estacion de Formigal, 22640 Formigal, Sallent de Gallego, Spain
Location: Spain > Aragon > Province of Huesca > Sallent de Gallego > Formigal
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Formigal
Price Range: $113 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Nievesol 3*
Number of rooms: 143
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