My girlfriend and I are regular visitors to Andorra and have over the years stayed in many of the hotels in the Granvaliera ski area. We are both of the oppinion that the Grau Roig is easily the best we have stayed at.
The food - absolutely superb - i would say michelin star standard. We stayed half board and before traveling i read on here that some dishes were included in the half board package and others required a suppliment. I was a little nervous about this as i have been to other places where only a few items are included and everything else involved a large suppliment but this was not the case at Grau Roig. Most dishes on the extensive menu were included and those which did require a suppliment, it was typically only a small suppliment (most less than 5 euros). We really liked this system as compared to the buffet style dining that most other hotels in Andorra opt for. In addition the winelist kept by the hotel is one of the most extensive and well priced i have seen in Andorra. The breakfast was also excellent.
The rooms - we had a standard double room - very spacious, warm and clean with a comfy bed. Good bathroom with large bath and seperate shower. Room had plenty of wardrobe space which in my experience is unusual in many ski hotels.
The spa - quite small but perfectly clean and well kept. Has a steam room and sauna, jacuzzi and small indoor swimming pool. Most importantly there was no extra charge to go in to the spa. Many hotels in Andorra charge an additional fee to go in to the spa which i find quite dull when really all you want is to spend 20 minutes in a steam room after a hard days skiing. We didnt use the treatments but other guests we spoke to who had seemed to think they were good.
Location - great ski from the door location. Important for people to realise that Grau Roig is on its own and not in a resort. You cant walk to any apres ski bars from here so if you want a busy nightlife then this probably isnt for you. The ski bus finishes early in the evening and there are no taxis in either Pas de la casa or Soldeu so you are limited to the hotel bar and restaurant of an evening - fortunately both are excellent!
The only downside to our whole trip, which was absolutely nothing to do with the hotel as it is not their shop, is that the ski hire shop that is beneath the hotel seem to think they can make up the costs to hire ski equipment as they go along. Upon being told that the cost to hire 2 sets of intermediate skis for 5 days was going to be 250 euros, i declined their kind offer. A quick internet search (using the hotel's excellent free wifi) showed me that this was 100 euros more than the price even on the shops own website - perhaps the shop think they have a captive audience! We actually took a drive down to Soldeu (about 4km away) and rented some from a shop there but if you do want to get skis from the shop under the hotel (which is very conveniently located right next to the ski locker), i advise going on their website and pre-paying for the ski hire so they cant try an rip you off.
This aside, a great hotel, friendly helpful staff, superb location and outstanding food. would recommend to anyone and hope to return soon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SILENCE, ADVENTURE, GASTRONOMY AND RELAXATION IN A PRIVILEGED SETTING The Grau Roig Andorra Boutique Hotel & Spa, situated in a unique setting, only 10 metres from the lifts of the Grandvalira ski resort, awarded as the best Ski Boutique Hotel in Andorra 2013 at the World Ski Awards in Austria. Newly renovated in 2013 offers 42 rooms with spectacular views. All rooms are decorated to provide maximum comfort and are equipped with the latest technology. Free Wi-Fi, is available throughout the hotel installations. You can sample the wide gastronomic choice at the "La Marmita" Restaurant with its traditional refined dishes or try the mountain cuisine of the "La Vaqueria" Restaurant-Grill, or you can treat yourself to the "El Teatre del Vi" Restaurant, an exclusive space dedicated to wine and champagne tasting, and creative cuisine. The ample wine list contains more than 500 references. The installations and services are completed by the Grau Roig Spa fully equipped, offers the body and beauty treatments available; The Meeting Rooms and the Events Rooms can cater for between 2 and 50 persons. "Jazz room"; the reading room; the summer lounge with its own hydro massage bath on the terrace; the "Kid's Club", a games room for the younger members of the family. The hotel accepts pets. At an altitude of 2,100 m and only a 20 minute walk from the spectacular glacial lakes of Pessons, which link up with the Vall del Madriu Natural Park, a Natural World Heritage site, and only 30 minutes from the main shopping area of Andorra, the mountains can be enjoyed in winter or in summer. You can practice skiing, trekking, adventure activities, golf, horse riding, via ferrata... Our location at the heart of the Pyrenees also provides many options for those who prefer check things out by bicycle or motorcycle. Wake up in the last house right where the mountains begin, situated among the clouds where the skiing starts and from where you can only continue on foot. A place for the family that offers you a combination of silence, comfort and relaxation. Would you like to come visit us? We look forward to meeting you... ... more less
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