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“Great Atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Catalunya

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Hotel Catalunya
Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Pas de la Casa
Birmingham, UK
1 review
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“Great Atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2007

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!!!!

  • Liked — Hotel Bar and closeness to slopes
  • Disliked — Hotel restaurant
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2007

Just returned from the Catalunya on 25 Feb 2007. Stayed for a week with wife and two kids, aged 16 & 9. We had read some reviews on this and other sites, and to be honest we were not particularly looking forward to going. My theory was that since we were going at half term, there would be less teen rowdies, and more families in resort, and as such less noise. This turned out to be the case, and the Catalunya was mainly filled with families. (Apart from a couple of groups; some of whom really really didnt give a monkeys about anybody elses right to a decent nights sleep...)

We ended up in two rooms on the fourth floor, which were clean and reasonably spacious. Our only real gripe about the room was the lack of a kettle....why oh why dont they provide one?

Noise, as mentioned everywhere, is a problem. We could hear everything the little darlings in the room next door said, every toilet flush, every bed creak. Not good. Also, the open stairwells allow noise to travel up from the bar and cafe downstairs, and anybody coming in late or drunk can be heard by everybody else. The locals love the cafe, and stay till three in the morning before spilling onto the street. The bar is similarly busy till the small hours.

Good points though: food is hot and plentiful, and if you time it right you can eat twice!...the restaurant is open for hours!
(Breakfast choice could be a bit better, it alternates from : Fried eggs/sausage/beans to scrambled egg/bacon/beans, but there are toast/croissant options).

The staff are friendly and helpful, especiallly Juan in the Bar.
Location is brilliant for the slopes and Ski School...fifty yards to walk to the lifts. Free ski lockers outside your room Plenty Hot water for showers/baths, and rooms properly cleaned every day.
My advice...if youre going at school holidays, its a cheap as chips option, but make sure you put some earplugs in, and ask for a top floor room. Outside of school holidays, i would recommend going somewhere else...cause the Catalunya'll be full of party all nighters, and you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a decent sleep.

If you are one of those party animals however....go for it...theres a really good atmosphere, and you cant beat the location! Just remember to SHUT UP when you come back to the Hotel after a night on the razzle!!

Enjoy....we did

Stayed February 2007
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2007

I have just arrived back home from a weeks stay at the Catalunya Hotel.
Looking forward to a peaceful nights sleep in my own bed tonight.
The hotel was very noisy all through the day and night. 3 floors up we could still hear everything going on in the bar below ground floor. The noise from outside was pretty loud to. Bars emptying bottles into the bins,shouting etc...
I also found the rooms far too warm, even after turning raidiators off and opening windows (not recommended if staying with small children. High drop and no barrier outside window.)
Apart from the above mentioned the rooms were ok.
Although on occassions there was a very strong, sewage smell present in the bathrooms, more so after having a shower. Reason unknown.
There was a wide variety of food available, but not for vegetarians. Once aware that we were vegetarians however, the staff were very friendly and provided us with a non meat or fish dish every night thereafter. We were well looked after on the food side of things.
The only other advice I can offer if considering this hotel is obey the warnings on the lift - 3 persons only. Naturally if 4 fit then you squeeze 4 in, however, i can confirm that if more than 3 people are in the lift it gets stuck. Not good.
I would probably not consider going back to this hotel myself. I dont feel it was value for money.
The only photo I have of the hotel is shown below. This was in our shower cubical. The window, if opened looks out into the corridor of the hotel. I don't quite understand the reasoning behind this, but can safely say the window stayed closed.

  • Liked — Easy access to slopes.
  • Disliked — The constant noise.
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Myself & my girlfriend have just returned from a weeks stay at the Catalunya & like a previous review i kept an open mind until I had experienced it for myself. I have to say please heed the warnings that have been written, they are an accurate account of the hotel. Firstly the hotel is in fact a hostel with small on-suite rooms instead of dorms. The rooms themselves are very basic but clean. You get exactly what you are paying for. Secondly the food didn't look too bad but we chose to eat out instead, Although some of the local resturants aren't that great either. The main point is the noise. We stayed on the 1st floor (room 111) directly above the dinning hall & two floors above the bar. Unless you were drunk (& thankfully for nights 1 & 2 this was the case) sleep was not possible until the bar closed & everyone had crashed after coming in from clubbing. Unlike a sun holiday this would not usually be a problem as you can sleep in but as most people are up early for skiing the sleepless nights take their toll. Overall this hotel is not a bargin you are getting exactly what you pay for. Me, I think it's worth paying a fews pounds extra for those extra zzz's

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nosie
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2007

So you have read the reviews about the walls being paper thin. I have just ended a weeks stay at the Catalunya. Yes the hotel can be a little noisy, but what can you expect for a large hotel in the middle of Ibiza on snow. Just make the most of friendlty staff, and a great atmosphere, if you want to let your hair down and enjoy it. The rooms are basic but clean and tidy, the food was a god send after a long day on the slopes.

Stayed February 2007
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Shrewsbury
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2007

When we booked the holiday it was cheap and cheerful and thats all we wanted. I had read a couple of review and thought i wouldn't pass judgement until i got there!!

When we arrived at the hotel check in was relatively easy and the room was clean, but basic which we expected. We went to dinner on the first night and forund there to be a large enough choice of food all of which was good.

The first two nights we got drunk and so passed out and didn't hear any noise at all. However for the reast of the week we were lucky to get three hours a night. The noise is horrendous!!!! The bar downstairs that caters for the locals is open until 3AM every night and the hotel is built directly upon it, and the walls are paper thin. When we went downstairs to request thay they turn the music down nothing was done about it. We were lucky the week when we stayed there were only 45 guests i would hate to imagine what it would be like at full capacity.

Apart from the noise the hotel is not too bad....................the location is brilliant, the food is edible and the atmospherwe is warm and friendly............until you ask them to turn the music down!!

Stayed January 2007
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2006

We have just returned from a last minute snow deal staying at the Hotel Catalunya. I must admit I wasnt looking forward to the accomodation, only the opportunity to catch another week on the slopes. Admittedly the room was very basic, with the decor not the most up to date but it was clean and comfortable - your bed was made each day along with a change of towels and your bedding was changed once during your weeks stay. We were on the first floor and after reading other reviews I was expecting very little sleep, however the noise was not as bad as expected and we did manage to get a fairly decent sleep each night. I do however think that it depends on what guests are on your floor as some people on the fourth floor did say it was a little noiser than others. The buffet style breakfast and dinner was good, the food was basic but very edible with a variety of dishes each night for dinner. The hotel is situated 2 minutes from the slopes so it is excellent for those of us who dont like carrying our skis or boards too far! All in all the staff, including Juan the bar man, were very friendly and as a budget 2 star rated hotel I dont think it was that bad at all.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Property: Hotel Catalunya
Address: Carrer Catalunya 4, Pas de la Casa AD200, Andorra
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Region: Andorra > Encamp Parish > Pas de la Casa
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Catalunya 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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