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Hotel Patagonia

Arinsal,
 Andorra
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
  • Resort transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Half board meals
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
About the hotel
  • Sauna & steam room
  • Lounge bar with open fire
  • 80 rooms
  • Children's playroom
  • Free use of fitness room
  • 100m to the lifts
About the resort
  • 63km ski area
  • Resort altitude: 1475m
  • Ideal for beginners & improvers
  • Excellent for families
  • On-mountain childcare available
  • Good choice of nightlife

Contemporary yet warm is a tricky mix to achieve, but the Patagonia manages it well. The leather wingback armchairs and comfy sofas next to the large open fireplace are more suited to a country pile than a mountain hotel. Move on through to the bright and airy restaurant with its high, vaulted ceiling for extensive buffet breakfasts and evening meals.

 

This is a good choice for families as there's an un-supervised children's playroom with toys, crafts and games. There's also a games room with a pool table for when you want a break from the slopes. 

 

 

When you get on your skis or board, you won't have far to walk for the lifts as the Patagonia is right next to the express chairlift. Very convenient! You'll have free access to the hotel fitness room (in case you needed more exercise). You can also use the hotel's sauna and steam room for when your muscles get a bit too sore, but there is a charge for this.

 

All of the rooms come with plenty of space and a choice of sleeping arrangements, again well-suited to families. Each has a balcony and kitchenette, ideal for enjoying a morning cuppa while catching the sunrise over the mountains. The internet is accessible throughout the hotel, so you'll be able to stay connected with friends and family.

 

 

From the hotel to…

Nearest ski lift: 100m

Tuition meeting point: 100m (top of lift)

Resort centre: 800m

Ski bus stop: 10m

 

 

About the resort

Arinsal is the perfect place for beginners and families as there are plenty of nursery slopes, a superb British-run ski and board school and plenty of après-ski activities. Even though there's only 63km of pistes, improvers, intermediates and even the advamced will be test at points. Hop on a bus and head to nearby Arcalis for some fantastic off-piste and even a couloir or two.

 

Off the mountain, Arinsal is small and friendly with a good choice of restaurants, a few shops and several lively bars to choose from. There are also a smattering of late-night bars and discos for the night owls.

 

 

Off-slope activities are easy to get to. Amazing shopping (and virtually tax-free) in the nation's capital, Andorra La Vella is only a 20 minute bus ride away. Alternatively, you could relax in the thermal waters of Caldea, a lush indoor thermal water lagoon with a spa area that's easy to love.

 

Ski biking is definitely a unique activity to give a go - the equipment is, you guessed it, a mix of a bike and a pair of skis.

 

Resort stats

Area size: 63km

Resort altitude: 1475m

Skiing altitude: 1550m to 2560m

Number of runs: 42

Range of runs: 12% green, 38% blue, 38% red and 12% black

Lifts: 15 drags, 12 chairs, 2 gondolas and 1 cable car

Night skiing: No

Cross country trails: n/a

Snowmaking: 29% of runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

 

 

Food and drink

It's half-board meals at the Hotel Patagonia. Enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast and a buffet-style evening meal to fuel up before and after your day on the slopes. 

 

 

Rooms

The Hotel Patagonia is warm and inviting and its 80 bedrooms are no different. Each is perfect for two to four people and comes with twin beds and two sofa beds, cable TV, a bathroom (complete with a bath for an end-of-day soak) and a small kitchenette. There is a small charge (paid locally) if you do use the kitchenette. All the rooms also have a balcony, so be sure to take advantage of those stunning mountain views.

 

 

Hotel features

Official rating: ***

Lounge bar with open fireplace

Restaurant

Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Games and TV room

Free us of fitness room

Relaxation area with sauna and steam room

Massage services available

Small unsupervised children's room

Free ski and snowboard lockers

 

Travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham

Departure day: Sunday

Arrival airport: Llieda (in Spain)

Flight duration: 2 hours 5 minutes to 2 hours 35 minutes

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes

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