In the last week of February 2010, my boyfriend, two other couples and I stayed at the Hotel St. Gothard, we are all between 24 and 30 years old. The hotel is on the border of Arinsal and Erts, however, Arinsal, the gondola to the slopes and all the bars and restaurants are within walking distance. We did take the bus every morning to the gondola because is it uphill and takes around 10 minutes to walk there, especially when you are carrying ski boots. However, we always walked back from the slopes and après ski bars.
Although I do agree that the hotel should not have been given a four star rating, the value we saw from the £550 each we paid was fantastic. We booked through Neilson and the price covered flights, accommodation, lift pass, ski equipment and half board dining at the St. Gothard.
The rooms were comfortable and had a decent shower and bath (though the shower seemed to have been built for small children since the head barely reached my stomach, you therefore have to hold it!)
Contrary to other reviews, the food in the dining room was actually very nice and I am a relatively picky eater. There is a buffet every breakfast and dinner with plenty to choose from; I particularly enjoyed the full English breakfast and Pannetone in the morning and the pasta dishes and prosciutto in the evening. Even the fussiest of guests could find something to their taste.
We frequented the hotel bar almost every night, it had a comfortable atmosphere and on the Wednesday we were joined by an Elvis impressionist, Mike Jones, a treat not to be missed! The older couple who formed the band 'Peck and Peck' were rather bizarre and their musical talent (compared to Elvis' at least) left a lot to be desired. Failing that there are lots of bars and restaurants up the road which provide free champagne (for ladies on Wednesdays), toasties, tapas and nachos. We particularly liked Cisco's, a bar with a cave like feel with penny candles nestled in the walls. The music was excellent and the table football and nail game provide a good distraction from the sport for the boys.
The skiing was brilliant. For more confident skiers, Arinsal perhaps gets a bit monotonous after a few days so I recommend taking the gondola to Pal where you will find more challenges, (usually) great snow and fantastic scenery. For those in our group who were less confident, Arinsal provided them with quite a few blue runs which they had mastered by the end of the week and they were then ready for the Pal experience.
I would definitely recommend Arinsal as a place to ski, socialise and as the most beautiful ski resort I have come across. Hotel St. Gothard was a nice place to relax in after a long day skiing and somewhere I would definitely recommend.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Gothard
- St Gothard Erts
- St Gothard Hotel Andorra/Erts