As always, i will review the hotel and not the resort, even though i will mention the resort on occasions my feelings towards Arinsal have no bearing on the review of the hotel.
Stayed the first week of January 2012 with 3 mates on a snowboarding trip. Got a good cheap deal on a half board basis and were looking to use the hotel as a base so didnt expect much at all. The location is about 5 minutes walk up to the Gondola and 2 minutes walk to the bus stop for the bus to Arcalais. The showers are powerful enough and there is plenty of hot water. The staff, although dont speak good English, are friendly enough and helpful. Maid service is sporadic and towels are changed every other day (if they feel like it). The snow conditions in Arinsal this year were poor so we stayed in the hotel more than we initially would have hoped. The rooms are basic and small but all you could hope for. 2 of us had 3 single beds in our room and there is a small balcony. The rooms are warm. This is a good thing as your wet gear dries easily.
The walls are paper thin. You will hear everything from the rooms around you and also the floor above and below. If, like us, you are unfortunate enough to be there at the same time as a stag do then you will get minimal sleep. This bring me onto the next negative. The quality of the food is an absolute joke. I read the other reviews before our trip and they all said that the food was poor but this is just ridiculous. On 3 of the nights the food was inedible and on the last night one of our party was ill from the dodgy chicken. I cant believe the owners dont check these reviews and havent replaced the chef yet.
This brings me onto the title of the review. I would have given 4 stars as the "what do you expect for the price" mantra keeps popping into mind. However, i went in 2011 and stayed at the hotel Palarine and paid less than the stay at the besoli and i must say that the Palarine usurped the besoli in every single way and it was cheaper. For this reason i have to say that there are better hotels in Arinsal for the price but if you get a good price here then dont expect the food to be much cop and do go with low expectations and you will find it an ok base.
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