Greg Jones (March 2007)
Was a bit worried about the catalunya after reading some of these reviews, but found it to be ok. The noise wasnt such a problem for us, but that may have been because we were on the 4th floor. The only night we had trouble sleeping was the last night, and that was because of the locals passionate support for barcelona (they were playing real madrid that night). The room was basic but clean, and you can expect the cleaners to be kicking you out the room at 10am each day (no bad thing - you are there for skiing after all!). The hotel bar is in the basement and is for hotel clients only (the locals fill the ground floor bar - which has a good atmosphere and does a cracking tunamayo baguette!). The barman in the hotel bar (Juan) deserves commendation for providing such a great relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. He's always happy to have a chat at the bar and if you treat him well, he will treat you even better. Invite him for a game of darts and discuss sevilla football club and you have a friend for life!!! Id actually go as far to say that if it wasnt for Juans bar then the holiday wouldnt have been as enjoyable. If i ever go back to pas de la casa, ill certainly stay at the catalunya just to renew acquaintances. The atmosphere in the bar was always great too, as everyone caught up on a days skiing. I certainly made more holiday friends in the catalunya than on any other holiday ive been on. The hotel restaurant opens at 7.30, and for me was the only drawback to the hotel. Theres stacks of food served on a buffet basis, and whilst theres nothing wrong with it, it just got a bit repetetive after 3 days. Plus the restaurant was boiling and you're always eating your dinner next to a queue of at least 15 people waiting to get to the buffet. Last but not least, the hotel is situated right next to the lowest ski lift, and will take you about 30secs walk (perfect when you're carrying ski's). Just make sure you turn right out the hotel door to get there (if you turn left towards the main high street then you have an arduous uphill struggle for about 200m - trust me, we did it the first 2 days!). So thats it, a basic hotel with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Cheers Juan, and keep karate chopping those bottel tops!!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Catalunya Pas De La Casa