When we planned our trip to Spain, we decided to add Andorra as well and to sleep at the Grau Roig Hotel. Andorra is a small principality about 3 hours drive from Barcelona. Andorra is a popular destination for ski enthusiasts and shopping lovers (there is no VAT). The plan was to stay one night because we assumed there would not be much snow in April. How wrong we were. Already on our way to the hotel, heavy snow was falling and covered the whole site with soft snow. At that moment we realized that there was no way that we are staying only one night and ended up staying three nights!
The main reason we decided to stay is not only because of the beautiful snow, but also the perfect hotel we booked. The hotel itself is located in one of the ski villages of Andorra, and the isolated one, so that our hotel was the only hotel among all the snowy mountain ranges. We arrived in the middle of the week in early April, so there were not many people (great conditions to ski without being disturbed).
The hotel is located right next to the ski slopes and elevators, so anyone who sleeps in the hotel can ski straight from the hotel entrance 🙂 The hotel is built from bricks on the outside and a pampering wood from the inside. Its design is modern but warm at the same time. Everything is made of wood with a perfect winter atmosphere. The hotel has recently been renovated and is simply stunning. The hotel also has a lobby with a fireplace, a cool bar to go to after dinner, and an excellent restaurant.
We booked a room that faced the ski slopes, and that was a great decision! It has a sun terrace with stunning views over the snowy mountains. The rooms are Scandinavian-style (wood and furs), and we also had a huge Jacuzzi.
On the first evening we had dinner at the hotel restaurant, an excellent meal with special dishes and excellent service, but a little expensive.
Hotel Grau Roig also offers a rich breakfast, with fresh, tasty ingredients. It’s just so much fun sitting here in the morning, drinking coffee and watching the amazing scenery.
There is also a ski shop on the ground floor where you can rent equipment. Ski passes can be bought at the hotel’s reception and you can also book a guide through them. In addition, at the reception desk, you can book excursions and get information about the area – very comfortable, and the staff was very courteous.
The most fun part of the hotel was the spa. The hotel has a pampering spa with a small pool, jacuzzi, sauna, relaxation areas, and great treatments.
In the afternoons we drove to the central city to do some shopping and look for nice restaurants. We recommend renting a car, otherwise, it is very difficult to move around in Andorra. (We rented the car back in Barcelona). For those who do not have a car, Andorra can be reached directly from Barcelona Airport by bus.