This hotel couldn't have been a better choice or in a more perfect location!
My sister won a competition via o2 priority moments and Snowboxx 2014 and the winner's package included 6 nights half board accomodation for 4 people including return flights and transfers, ski hire, lift pass and Snowboxx festival armbands! At first our hotel was set to be the Pallerine (much closer to La Masana) it then changed to St.Gothard then to the Besoli and finally 2 days before departure, we were informed of our upgrade to the "highest ranked hotel in Arinsal via TripAdvisor: Hotel Montane" - Great way to start the holiday and they couldn't have been more accurate!
Upon arrival to Hotel Montane after a very tedious 4 hour coach journey from Barcelona, we were given a very warm welcome and speedy check in by a wonderful local receptionist- all the information regarding our rooms and meal times were given to us at the same time and immediately we were made to feel at home. Once settled in we booked dinner for 6.30pm and made a journey to the Sant Moritz supermarket just a short 5 minute walk away before returning to the hotel to eat.
The restaurant is clean and tidy with warm decor and the best staff in Arinsal! Have to say a massive thank-you to the English staff but in particular the local waiter with the glasses who was pleasant and precise to a T- with no request unreasonable. Most nights we had dinner at 7.15pm and it's very easy to book this every morning/afternoon with the receptionist. Most nights we chose whatever table we wished to sit at and the service was next to none! The menu for the half-board guests included a 3 course meal with a choice of 3 Starters, 3 Main Courses and 3 Desserts- there was never any issue or problem with the meals- usually there was a choice of soup/salad/pasta for Starter, beef/chicken/pork option for main and fruit/icecream/tart option for dessert. On one occasion I ordered 2 starters and a dessert which, of course, was no problem! :)
There was only one evening when I complained of the high salt content in both the soup and the spicy meatballs but every other evening the food was fantastic!
Our party of 4 were in rooms 103 and 104 on the 1st floor- lift very efficient, as were the stairs!! The bedrooms were very clean and spacious, the maid attended to them on a daily basis, making our beds, folding our PJs, emptying bins and sweeping the floor! The beds were comfortable and the TV worked with ease. If you wish to have a remote, you can get this from reception with 20 euro damage deposit (returned at the end of the trip) The shower was powerful and easy to work. Warm water and heating available 24/7. In fact most of the time, we turned the radiators off in our room! There was a small balcony in each room which acted well as a fridge for our water etc. The hotel Wifi was free and password easily obtained from reception- Wifi not great in bedrooms but very good closer to reception (just glad to have it available at all!)
Our hotel was very central- perfect location- right opposite the Ski Gondola only 5 steps across the road! Local bars included Surf, El Moli, El Cau, The Derby and Cisco's (with Apres Ski at Cisco's- 1.50euro for a pint and free chilli con carne nachos every day- best part of the holiday!)
Skiing was amazing- an 8 minute trip in the Gondola brought you to the bottom of the piste with ski shops and bars/restaurants including El Refugi and Panoramix. Our ski hire via Snowboxx was from Pic Negre- here they take Passport/Driver's License as a deposit (returned when Ski hire is brought back!) Helmets were let out at 3 euro per day- good value and definitely worth it. The slopes in Arinsal could be described as very open plan with a Nursery slope, a green, 2/3 blues 2/3 reds and 2 blacks. Overall fantastic skiing, This was my 3rd Ski Holiday and by far the most enjoyable skiing experience. The snow was great also. There is 3 chair lifts- 2 4 man and 1 6 man. Also a button lift and at the highest point of the piste, a cable car running every 12 mins 9am-4.15pm to secondary ski resort- Pal (great slopes here also!!) we had lunch everyday for the week in El Refugi- best prices and staff on the pistes and the most fabulous views.
Many of the bars had promotions and offers for Snowboxx and some had events on throughout the week but the best of Snowboxx was the top of the Gondola at the secret stage.
Noise levels at night were much, much better than anticipated and I would most certainly return to the same resort and most definitely the same hotel!!
Best holiday ever! Thank you Hotel Montane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Montane is a 3* hotel located directly opposite the gondola in Arinsal, Andorra. We offer guests half board, bed and breakfast and A La Carte options for dining in our restaurant.The rooms are equipped with digital television and wifi internet access. All rooms are en suite.We are proud to provide a personal touch to hospitality from the moment our guests check in, until their check out. We also take great pride in our restaurant and have a reputation for providing fine dining throughout Andorra. ... more less
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