The famous resort of the dwarf state of Andorra is located at an altitude of 1029 meters above sea level. The center is the small town of Escaldes. The gorge, on the slopes of which there are ski slopes, is about 20 minutes by bus. The season begins in December and ends in April. Due to the plus temperature and 250 sunny days a year, each slope is equipped with snow cannons. Hotels are not empty in the summer. People come here to breathe fresh air and ride bicycles along the mountain paths.
The slopes are served by several dozen lifts,next to each of them a ski bus stops. When choosing hotels, it is desirable to take into account the distance from them of public transport stops. There are four main areas for skiing:
- Soldeu (height 1750-2560 meters), 52 tracks, 43 lifts;
- Pas de la Casa (height 2050-2640 m), 55 slopes, 31 lifts;
- Pal-Arinsal (1780-2358 m), 46 slopes serve 30 lifts, equipped with a snow park;
- Ordino (1940-2640 m), 25 slopes and 14 lifts.
On the territory of the resort there are ski schools, instructors are provided.
The ancient settlement is interesting for the medieval architecture of the buildings, which have been preserved in excellent condition. The city hosts a large number of major events, including sports competitions and a music festival. The main festivities take place in the central square of Placa la Poble.
Arriving in Escaldes, be sure to visit:
- the church of St. Armenol, built in the 11th century;
- government residence;
- thermal springs – the Caldea health complex is located in the city center.
Shops of the resort are not subject to duties, so shopping in them will bring real pleasure not only to shopagorics.
Where to stay?
Hotels are located throughout the resort, but the most popular are hotels in Escaldes.
The hotel is located in the centre of the resort next to the Caldea Wellness Complex. Within walking distance is the pedestrian shopping area of Andorra. Shops of the state are famous for their duty-free trade. Ski buses run every 15-30 minutes to the main ski lifts. Ski storage is available at the front desk. The on-site restaurant L’Atlantida. Breakfast is included in the payment of accommodation, dinner is prepared upon reservation. Covered parking is paid (24 euros per day), a charging station for electric vehicles is equipped. For accommodation, suites, standard, superior and rooms for people with disabilities are offered. Outside the windows there is a noisy mountain river, from the windows there is a view of the slopes.
“Beautiful location. I liked the staff and the approach of the owners to the organization of service for tourists. The chefs of the restaurant cook well, but in the center it is quite possible to have lunch and dinner in other cafes. Tickets to the neighboring spa need to be purchased, this will help at the reception» Daria
This is not just a hotel,but a whole park surrounded by a valley and mountain slopes. The complex is ready to accommodate everyone, regardless of the size of the company and financial capabilities. The fund includes suites, junior suites, duplex rooms and apartments. On the territory there is a fitness center with two swimming pools, a gym, a sauna. There is also a lift Vallnord. Ski passes can be bought at reception. To other points of the resort will take the bus. Meals can be arranged by 2 restaurants. Breakfast is served in the morning, followed by an à la carte menu. The cuisine is Mediterranean and local. A parking space costs 20 euros per day.
“This hotel has everything you need for a holiday. A huge complex with outdoor and indoor pools, a sauna and a great view from the windows of the room. The fitness centre offers yoga classes, wellness packages or massage therapists» Nadezhda
Chain hotel brand Atiram Hotels. The fund includes two, three-bed, family rooms, junior suites and suites. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and an à la carte dinner. It offers dishes of Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish, classic European cuisine. Caldea Entertainment Spa is 100 metres away. Buses run to the ski slopes and lifts. Parking is located on the territory of the wellness center and is paid in the range of 15-17 euros per day. It offers a small fitness room and massage (for a fee). Food and beverage service is available at the reception.
“Great location; very professional and helpful staff; convenient parking nearby; very good breakfast” Roland, Luxembourg
This authentic mountain-style hotel is located on the shores of Lake Engolasters. Accommodation is provided with double and triple rooms with mountain views. The on-site restaurant serves buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The souvenir shop sells products of local artisans and paraphernalia, reminiscent of a trip to Andorra. The nearest ski lifts are a 20-minute bus ride away. In the evening, there is a lounge area with board games. Parking is free.
“12 minutes by car from the center and you will find yourself in the most picturesque place of Andorra. Rustic interior and home cooking charges with positive energy for the entire stay at the hotel. For a photo shoot – this is a fabulous place: mountains, lake, centuries-old pines. We recommend to everyone who wants to have a good rest” Julia
Hotels in the resort mainly provide paid parking spaces. Hotel Camp del Serrat is almost the only one that allows free parking. For travelers on their own car, sometimes this fact plays a big role.
On the main street escaldes surrounded by boutiques, cafes and entertainment venues is a classic hotel with a traditional range of services. Rooms with different levels of comfort are prepared for accommodation. Breakfast is served in the morning and a coffee bar is open throughout the day. Parking is paid. From here you can easily reach any ski lift serving the ski slopes. Near the hotel there is a spa center Caldea.
“Nice staff, comfortable room overlooking Carlemani Street. Breakfast includes a wide range of dishes. The hotel gives parking in a garage nearby for 10 euros, which is a very good price for Andorra. I will definitely be back” Marija, Serbia
A short walk from the Escaldes shopping area is a family-run hotel with cosy rooms. Guests can enjoy breakfast, ski storage, ticket service, tour desk. Here you can learn about all the entertainment activities of the city, book a tour of the sights. There is an on-site bar-cafeteria, and lunch or dinner can be enjoyed at Cal Pepo Restaurant. Caldea Leisure Complex is 400 metres away and ski buses run to the ski lifts. Parking in the hotel is paid – 13 euros.
“The staff is friendly, provided a room of very normal size. It is clean, with comfortable beds. The bathroom is equipped with modern plumbing. The hotel is within walking distance of most shops and restaurants. In this area, everyone will find entertainment to their liking» Antonio, Spain
The elegant hotel is close to the resort’s main pedestrian street. The thermal spa is a 5-7 minute walk away. The ski bus stops in front of the entrance. The rooms have recently been renovated. It features its own spa. It features a sauna, Turkish bath, swimming pool and hot tub. To avoid pandemonium, the procedure for accepting orders for procedures is established. Massage services are available for a fee. The heated outdoor pool is filled with water from a mountain river. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant. The rest of the time the kitchen is open on the menu or pre-orders. The bar is open all day.
“Not particularly impressed with the spa, but for the price it’s very good. The rooms are clean, the breakfasts are not bad. A parking space in the hotel costs 15 euros. Without your own car to get to the slopes for a long time. We found another parking lot (opposite across the street). There for the place paid 8 euros. As for entertainment, the center is a center. Everyone will find something to do with their free time” Anatoly
The three-star hotel offers modern rooms decorated in a classic style. The privileged location in the heart of the resort will provide a full shopping and entertainment on foot. At that time, it is easy to reach the ski slopes and attractions by transport. The fund has 78 rooms,some are designed for large companies. The restaurant serves national cuisine. They are prepared using organic products from nearby farms. During the international music festival, the stars of the world stage like to stay here, as information appears on the official website of the hotel. Parking space – 18 euros. By prior request, you can come with animals (you also have to pay).
“Affordable price. If you travel around Europe, then this is the most normal option for a stop. The rooms are cozy, the beds are comfortable, the soundproofing is excellent. One evening is enough to run through the boutiques and visit the local spa. In the morning I had breakfast, and on the way. I think that for skiers it will not be very convenient, and for those who came to walk – the very thing!”
Classic European hotel is located in the center of the resort, opposite the hard rock café “Andorra”. The fund includes two, three local and family rooms. Aston is positioned as a boutique hotel,which is ideal for shopping. The owners are developing their own network with hotels and restaurants of thematic orientation. Another of their hotels is located at the foot of the mountains. To the attention of motorists: the building is located on a pedestrian street. To get a parking permit, you need to turn on a pedestrian and park for a few minutes at the entrance, then go to the proposed parking. The hotel has an agreement with private owners (24 euros per day) and public parking (14 euros per day). On the territory of the hotel there is a bar, a terrace, a storage facility for skis.
“Very convenient location. Relatively quiet to be considered part of a commercial area” Luis, Spain
The hotel is set in an old stone building. A centre with duty-free shops is a 5-minute walk away. All rooms,including budget rooms, are decorated in a unique style. The décor is practical, having no unnecessary details. Convenient and affordable parking is located nearby. There is a large grocery supermarket nearby. There is a small ski storage room. A continental breakfast is served in the morning. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu all day. You can come with pets.
“We didn’t take breakfast and ate at the restaurant opposite the hotel. The staff is very polite, friendly, always ready to help. Heating is turned on on schedule. This is understandable, as the hotel is considered one of the most budget” Oleg, Ukraine
Resort hotels provide a traditional range of services. Against this background, the Andorra Park Hotel, located in a natural area, stands out a little. In addition, on its territory there is one of the lifts and a permanent transfer to the slopes is organized.