The L'Ermita is one of our favourite hotels in Andorra. It is located in the village of Meritxell, just a stone's throw from the contemporary sanctuary erected by architect Ricardo Bofill, and housed in a new building which nevertheless blends in perfectly with its surroundings. This little hotel offers a pleasant combination of comfort, intimacy and a friendly ambience and has an undeniable charm about it.
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The hotel was built in 1997 and its owners have minor renovation work carried out every year, always taking into consideration the surrounding landscape and the mountain style of the village. The entrance opens into a small lobby furnished with a coffee table and comfortable armchairs, and to the left of the reception you'll find the hotel's bar-restaurant, which makes a great place to enjoy a drink at any time of the day.
There is also a games room complete with pool table, ping-pong table and table-football table on the basement level.
This room is not what you might expect as it is in fact built into the side of the mountain, and whilst the lack of natural light does bother some people, the charm of the rock face certainly goes a long way to compensate for this.
The hotel also boasts a sauna, a gym equipped with various machines, and of course a television room, all of which can be enjoyed for free.
The hotel has just 27 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 63 people. Almost all of the rooms have a floor area of over 20m2 and most of the windows offer breath-taking views of the mountainside, which are just as impressive in the summer as in the winter! All of the rooms have a mezzanine area for children, which is great as it gives parents a certain degree of privacy whilst still being able to keep an eye on them!
The amenities are also worthy of a three-star hotel and include a plasma-screen television, whilst the bathrooms are impeccable and come with a bathtub or a shower (remember to state your preference when booking), a selection of hospitality products and a hair-dryer. Furthermore, all of the mattresses were changed in April 2008, so you're guaranteed a comfortable night's sleep, and some of the rooms are lucky enough to have balconies which are entirely south-facing. The only thing that's missing from these otherwise perfect rooms is a mini-bar, but then there is a bar on the ground floor. The tasteful decor is a combination of modern and traditional elements, making this the ideal setting for those who want to fully appreciate the mountains.
The hotel's facilities are pretty simple and consist of a hammam, games room and restaurant.
Food and drink
The restaurant at the hotel is also popular with many non-residents and has a very good reputation. The owners have an agreement with a French market gardener who provides them with fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. The cuisine served here is simple but tasty, with a new chef's suggestion every day.
The set lunch menu consisting of a starter, a main course, a dessert and a glass of wine will set you back around ?13, and a children's menu is also available.
The layout of the restaurant was already very good when we visited, but the owners were thinking of renovating the hotel to modernise it a little, though they do still wish to maintain the hotel's mountain-village style.
The restaurant serves breakfast from 7:30am to 10:00am, lunch from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and dinner from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in informal, rustic and welcoming surroundings with direct views of the mountains.
Children under the age of 3 can stay at the hotel for free and discounts are offered for children under 11.
The clientele here is primarily Catalan, with over half of the hotel's guests returning year after year.
The hotel is usually closed in June.
The charm of the hotel. You'll feel like you're spending a few days' holiday visiting a friend!
The facilities here are very advanced for a three-star establishment.
The welcome extended by the very lovely Philippe and his wife.
The restaurant uses fresh ingredients in its cuisine.
The hotel is a little isolated but this only adds to its charm.