As we’ve discussed in previous posts, Andorra has a wide range of interesting activities — from skiing to shopping — that appeal to different visitors. Our principality is relatively small and it’s easy to drive across, but the well-developed tourism industry means that there is an accommodation option right next to almost every activity.
Today, we’ll review some of the most popular activities and help you decide where to stay in Andorra.
Accommodation Options in Andorra
For a country of only a little over 75,000 people, Andorra has a remarkably diverse hotel industry with over 700 properties in total. From student hostels to five-star hotels, there is a wide range of options to suit various tastes and budgets.
Traditional Hotels in Andorra
The top luxury hotels in Andorra are clustered in Andorra la Vella and near the best skiing in places like La Massana, Canillo and Arinsal. A handful of Andorra’s hotels are registered buildings (or facades) parts of the Cultural Heritage of Andorra.
Apartment-style Accommodations in Andorra
There are a few options in Andorra for hotels with apartment-style suites like we have at Apartaments Sant Moritz. Having the extra space can definitely help get set up for a variety of activities, from checking the tune on your skis to making sure you have everything in your mountain bike pack ready to go.
Even without the help of an online translation tool, it is easy to spot these accommodation options because they usually have “apartaments” in the name.
Frontera Blanca Apartaments in Pas de la Casa and Apartaments Pobladó in Arinsal are two other examples of the style.
Budget-friendly Options in Andorra
Though there aren’t many hotels in Andorra, you can find one near El Tarter. Like many other places to stay in Andorra, it is convenient for mountain activities.
There are several other options that qualify as hostels — shared bedrooms, some with dormitory-style bunk beds, and shared living spaces — and identify themselves as “hostel”, “hostal” or “residencia”.
As well, there are plenty of budget-friendly traditional hotels with attractive rates, especially during the off-season.
Where to Stay in Andorra During the Summer
During the warmest months of the year, we are still going at full steam here at Sant Moritz. Our guided excursions include hiking — a trip into the mountains is an excellent escape from summer’s heat — and we are certified bike-friendly.
Elsewhere in Andorra, let your summer activities guide where you plan to stay. If shopping is your thing, you’ll find that many of the hotels in Andorra la Vella are operating as usual during the summer. If you’re staying in Andorra during the summer for mountain biking, many hotels, including Sant Moritz, will be able to accommodate you with a room a short distance from the best trails.
Where to Stay in Andorra for Warm-weather Activities
For skiing, especially here in the Pyrenees, many hotels tend to be built within easy reach of the ski slopes. For spring and summer activities, the options are a bit less obvious and some strategic planning can help reduce the amount of time you spend getting to the hiking trail or boutique shops.
Accommodations for Mountain Biking in Andorra
Luckily, the best mountain bike park facilities in Andorra are also ski resorts so they have plenty of hotels nearby. For instance, at Sant Moritz we’re only a seven-minute drive from the Vallnord Bike Park. If we’re booked, La Lluna Bed & Breakfast is nearby in La Massana. In Arinsal, other mountain-bike-friendly options include Hotel Palomé, Hotel Micolau, and Apartaments Pobladó.
Where to Stay When Hiking in Andorra
The options for hiking trails in Andorra are widely distributed compared to other activities. (That’s partly because, in such a scenic and mountainous country, there is a great hiking trail around almost every corner.) But there are some especially popular ones with nearby hotels or other accommodations.
For instance, near the Tristaina Lakes, in El Serrat, there are a few good choices. Hotel & Spa Xalet Bringué is a posh 4-star spa that offers luxurious relaxation after a day outside. If you plan to see Madriu-Perafita-Claror in the southern part of Andorra, Hotel Carlemany in the Les Escaldes side of Andorra la Vella is one of the closest and best options.
Hotel Options for Via Ferrata Vacations to Andorra
Canillo is one of the best towns to set up your base camp if you plan to experience Andorra’s excellent via ferrata routes. Here the lodging options range from the 4-star, spa-equipped Font d’Argent Canillo all the way to two campgrounds to five separate campgrounds if you’re looking for something more rustic and natural.
At Sant Moritz, we’re within an easy drive of the particularly good via ferrata called Roc de la Coma in Erts.
Shopping-friendly Places to Stay in Andorra
There are shopping options spread across Andorra, including in ski-resort villages like Arinsal, but many of the luxury boutiques are clustered in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. Luckily, there are also plenty of hotel options there as well. For instance, within a few blocks of the Illa Carlemany shopping centre there are more than a dozen hotels, ranging from two to five-star options. Here again Hotel Carlemany is a convenient option.
In the eastern part of Andorra, Frontera Blanca Apartaments in Pas de la Casa is a convenient place to stay if you’re coming across the border from France for a quick shopping trip to the stores clustered there.
Where to Stay in Andorra During the Winter
At Sant Moritz, we are at our busiest once the ski hills open for the season. Our suites with a view of the gondola to Arinsal’s best runs tend to be quite popular with the winter-activity crowd, so it makes sense to book early. As well, having an apartment-style suite with plenty of space makes sense to sort out your gear for a day on the slopes.
Where to Stay in Andorra for Skiing
The Sant Moritz complex is the most convenient option for skiing Vallnord in Pal-Arinsal. If you’d like a b-and-b option, La Lluna is also nearby. As well, Hotel Micolau, Apartaments Pobladó and Hotel Palomé are conveniently nearby.
Near Grandvalira, the options that work in summer for via ferrata (except camping) can also be good for skiing. In Canillo, if you’re looking for a particularly grand winter break the 5-star Hotel Ski Plaza & Wellness is located relatively close to the hills.
If you’re planning to visit the Ordino-Arcalis resort for skiing, the hotel options in El Serrat that were discussed in the hiking section will work just as well in winter.
Where to Stay in Andorra in a Nutshell
There is a truly comprehensive range of options for where to stay in Andorra — from campgrounds to 5-star hotels. To satisfy a growing demand for extra space and the comforts of home, many offer an apartment-style format.
Whether you’re travelling to Andorra for skiing, mountain-biking, hiking or shopping (among other fun activities), Sant Moritz is where you should stay. Book now for a great rate on a conveniently located suite.