Hotel Princesa Parc
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Princesa Parc Arinsal
Good hotel, worth the money
I visited the Princesa parc hotel with friends in January 2005.
> The hotel was very clean
> Excellent music in the lounge bar
> Not far to walk to either the gondola or the bars
> Two sinks in most bathrooms as well as a bath and separate shower cubicle
> The choice of food is good although I think fussy eaters may have a problem, particularly children. It is a buffet dinner every night. The starters were really good - lincluding lovely soup most nights. The main meals were disappointing but you could go to the grill and order yourself a steak or a sausage etc (ask for it well done). I never tried cakes or anything because I was always too full, so that must be a good sign I suppose!
Breakfast was fine, you could even boil your own egg. Watch out for the orange juice which tastes like water though.
> Some members of staff were a little unfriendly - whatever you do, don't go through the side entrance to the hotel as you will get told off. Others were excellent - particularly the Louvre lounge bar staff.
> The extra things such as the jacuzzi were pricy and I didn't bother using them.
> The wardrobe was really small considering you are likely to have huge jackets etc
> It is a LONG drive to and from the airport, particularly at 3am
It was worth the money and compared to some snobby resorts, this is far more appealing to younger people. Just be prepared to go out to eat some nights as the buffet does lose its charm after a week.
If you get the chance to go, I really recommend it.
The greatest place to have a first skiing holiday
I returned from my first skiing holiday yesterday. I stayed in the Hotel Princesa Parc in Arinsal, Andorra. I upgraded to the Diana wing. Everything about this hotel was fantastic. People from other hotels came to this hotel to use the facilities which included; a fantastic Spa centre, a 4 lane bowling alley, free gym, a games room, (pool, bar football, etc), internet access (€2 per hour)and so much more. The restaurant was great and the staff fantastic. The skiing was great too. The instructors Jonathan and Tim were great and my rep Darren was outstanding. '70's night!' what can I say? I am not on commission her but I needed to know all this before I went, and I think I owe it to everyone to share this information. If you want a great holiday, at a reasonable price, go stay in the Princesa Parc in Arinsal, Andorra. See you next year.
Very Nice Hotel
We came back on the 3 March from a lovely stay in the Dian Parc wing. The hotel was very clean, warm, and well kept. The food was plentiful, and varied, offering somting for everyone. Evidently S Palmer is just bitter about somthing.........
Very good, efficient, and always somthing to do.
Just returned from a stay at this hotel. could not fault it!
the room was warm and clean, the food was excellent (varied and plentiful)
just what was needed after a hard day on the slopes!!
there was great live music in one of the bars. all this and only 2 minutes walk to the gondola.
would definitely go back there
Wonderful!! Has Mr Palmer got a clue??
This hotel was great. Every meal was like a banquet and if people cant find anything they like to eat they should stick to cup a soup!!! Quality live music in the bars at night and friendly atmosphere. The brochures do state that charges are made for other facilities so this should not be a surprise (if you can read of course) Only downside is that the drinks at the bar are v expensive but there are ways and means of getting a cheap drink! We have skiied in many places but the Princesa Parc has been the best valeu for money. We will be back next year.
Stayed here in Jan 2005 and what a week my girlfriend and i had. the hotel was excellent in every area. we stayed in the diana parc block so had a whirlpool bath (just what you need after a long hard day skiing) and great view. the hotel was clean, staff friendly and polite and well placed for easy access to every thing you could need. the only thing that let the hotel down was the spa,thought it was over priced for the facilities that it offered.
the main cable car was a 2 minute walk away providing easy access to the slopes. busy at weekends so beware. slopes best suited for beginners as there are not many challenging runs in the arinsal part of the resort. we were not able to get to the pal sector due to the high winds and blizard conditions that kept the connecting lift.
Rated to highly
I visited andorra in january05 this year and found that the hotel was very clean.I booked into the diana part of the hotel but unfortunately this isnt very well advertised as the diana part of the hotel was for couples and not for single ppl wanting there own bed especially when ur 2 blokes just wanting a ski-ing holiday so we had to change into the princess part of the hotel and to be perfectly honest there isnt much difference as we found that the princess parc rooms were bigger than the diana but for a 5 star hotel which is the diana i personally didnt see any differnece in room size as you couldnt swing a cat around in them .
The diana does not do tea or coffee after 1-30am which i found attrocious as the pubs dont close until 3am so that long walk and freezing conditions up to the hotel after pubbing it means you have to wait until 8am that mnorning as there isnt any facilities in your room containg hot coffee or that much needed hot cuppa.
The only other main problem i suffered over there was the fact that some of the staff wernt very entertaining and didnt want to help.
Overall fact the diana and princess are well over rated and the meals aint upto much standard but that mayeb just my own view on the meals
Also you have to pay extra for all other activities the hotel has on offer such as the bowling the sauna the jacuzzi and pools
sorry to endulge in such a manner but i was totally unhappy with my stay at the princess/diana parc hotel.
I hope this helps further guests.
Good, clean hotel
stayed at princesa parc in jan 05 and upgraded to the diana parc wing with the jacuzzi baths.overall the hotel is prtety impressive, ive not been skiing before so dont know what the general standard is like, but this definately seemed to be the best in arinsal. With 4 bars to choose from it wasnt necessary to go out every night, so we could stay warm and listen to some of the great live music. the room wasnt massive, but fairly new and clean, and the jacuzzi was a bonus. the weather was a little blizzardy a couple of days whilst we were there, but the hotel has good amenties, with a great spa which was a reasonable price and bowling/internet facilities. 5mins walk to the gondola and pretty much everything else like cars/restaurants etc.
main problem was bedroom noise.our room had a connecting door to the room next door (as i assume all diana parc rooms have) and due to this we could pretty much hear every conversation from our neighbours.it was a bit annoying, but we brought earplugs along with us, so it didnt disturb our sleep too much luckily.
overall: good hotel with pretty much everything you want.great hot chocolate. we enjoyed arinsal but now we have skiing experience we would probably try somewhere with more intermediate runs
Really nice hotel,the Diana parc wing is lovely and the Jacuzzi baths are worth the extra expense. Overall the Hotel is greatand really clean the Gondala is about 5 min away and the bars and other resturants are only down the road aswell. If the weather is bad you can go to the spa, bowling alley and the arcades in the hotel or just sit in and listen to live music is one on the three venues within the complex.
We stayed in a standard double room and didn't pay any extra for a view, so to have a window looking out directly onto a concrete wall was at first disappointing, but we got what we paid for, and apart from a few scuff marks left on the wall from skiiers the room was light, clean, warm and comfortable.
We stayed here in summer, so needed windows open at night to stop the room getting too warm, so it was probably a good thing we were at the back of the hotel as a steep river runs right past the front of it which is loud enough to keep you awake at night.
What made this hotel so good was the staff. They were all excellent in both what they did and the manner in which they carried it out. Nothing was too much trouble. Cleaners were extremely thorough, receptionists very helpful and the service in the restaurant simply superb.
Facilities in the hotel were also very good. There are 3 bars, one with a bowling alley and pool tables etc. There is an outdoor swimming pool, as well a the 'Wellness Centre' located in the basement containing a variety of saunas and hydromassage facilities that are very welcome after a day of walking and was not overly expensive. The food in the restaurant is very good, although the food laid out very rarely matched what was on the menu.
One warning for any people staying in Arinsal for a walking holiday is that you should not expect gentle mountain valley walks. The town is in a steep valley and there are no easy walks. They are all steep and challenging, even the ones described as 'easy' on many websites. I feel there were a few older people who came to this part of Andorra for a walking holiday who found themselves with no suitable walks to go out on and had to rely on the very limited bus service to get anywhere.