Andorra - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Andorra for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Have you heard of Andorra? Or maybe it’s already on your bucket list? Do you know what the official language is? Perhaps the most delicious speciality you can try there? Suppose you answered at least one of the questions correctly. In that case, I congratulate you- you’ve come across the right place. In today’s article, I’m going to help you find where to stay in Andorra and tell you some interesting information that will make you want to visit this place soon!

Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe and one of the smallest countries in Europe. Still, it is not part of the European Union. Located on the slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, it covers only 468 square kilometres.

If you are a passionate shopaholic, you will love to hear that Andorra is a tax-free dream and offers up to 20% off on clothes, alcohol, perfumes, and cigarettes. And yes, let me not forget to answer your last question: Catalan is the language spoken here. Still, many of the locals also speak French, Spanish and English, so you shouldn’t have trouble communicating.

Question: Where to stay in Andorra for a first-time visit?

This principality is divided into 7 central parishes. Whichever you stay in, you will find excellent ski resorts and picturesque nature. What may not work in your favour is the fact that Andorra does not have an airport, so you should look for the nearest airport in Barcelona, Spain or Toulouse in France. Then, take a train or rent a car- you’ll arrive in Andorra in about 3 hours.

Another useful thing to know is that you don’t need a visa to enter the country; you can stay for 90 days. All parishes are absolutely safe and offer accommodation options for every wallet. If you come in winter, you’ll experience one of the best ski destinations in Europe.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Andorra.

Looking for more travel destinations? We also have a guide to 7 days in France.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Andorra for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Andorra la Vella

This is the capital and the highest capital city in Europe. The atmosphere is lively, and the city has many restaurants and shops you can explore. If you come by car, don’t worry, there are enough parking spaces. Otherwise, one-third of the entire population of Andorra is located here. Despite this fact, the city is quiet with cobblestone streets, a tranquil environment and a relaxing pace of life.

So, what to visit?

  • Casa de la Vall
  • Caldea Spa
  • Andorra Shopping Area
  • Sant Esteve Church

Why do we recommend these areas?

Once you decide where to stay in Andorra, it’s time to discover the surroundings. The first thing that catches your eye is Casa de la Vall, a house from the valley with an attractive Catalan style, which has adorned the surroundings since the 16th century.

And if you look up, there’s no way you’ll miss the 18-story glass pyramid-shaped building. In there is the best Caldea Spa that offers relaxation and an unforgettable wellness experience.

As I mentioned, Andorra is a low-tax haven, so you will feel free to shop like never before. Fast Avenida Carlemany and Meritxell are the best places to indulge in some shopping.

Last but not least, Sant Esteve Church is one of the 40 churches in the entire region with Romanesque features.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.


Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Andorra la Vella
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel Princesa Parc
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Hotel Naudi Boutique
💎 Best Luxury HotelHotel MIM Andorra
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Roc Blanc Hotel & Spa
😎 Best for Groups:Barri Antic Hostel & Pub
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Hotel Pyrénées
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hotel de l’Isard
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Centro Historico
👌 Safest Area: La Massana

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Andorra

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Looking for the nicest places to stay in Andorra? The country is a unique mix of French and Spanish energy translated into one of the best ski resorts suitable for beginners and children. When it comes to food, this place is an excellent example of Pyrenees gastronomy in beautiful wooden farm-like accommodation. Although many tourists travel there, Andorra doesn’t feel crowded, even at the popular ski resorts.

Arinsal

This is a very charming village, part of La Massana. So, what makes this place ideal to visit with your children? In both summer and winter, there are plenty of activities for every family member. In winter, you will ski, and in summer, you can enjoy tobogganing and zip-line experience. And if you come during Christmas, take advantage of the Christmas village and prepare for bigger crowds than usual.

Soldeu

Sodeu is a whole-family snow hotspot. The small compact village is excellent for winter fun and offers many 4-star and 5-star hotels. Without a doubt, some of the best places to stay in Andorra are located here!

Handpicked accommodations for families

Hotel Princesa Parc, Arinsal

Hotel Princesa Parc has a superb location with a valley view. It offers an outdoor pool, an extensive spa with a hammam and 2 saunas as additional amenities. Buffet restaurants serve breakfast in an international style, and you can pay extra for lunch and dinner in the same manner. I recommend the family rooms which have 2 single beds and 1 double bed in the other bedroom.

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Relax and unwind at Hotel Princesa Parc

Have a great time at Hotel Princesa Parc

Hotel Himàlaia Soldeu, Soldeu

Looking for where to stay in Andorra? Hotel Himàlaia Soldeu is an excellent hotel only 50 metres from the Soldeu Cable Car. It is recognizable by its wooden details, excellent public area, gym and spa with a sauna and Turkish bath, and the possibility of a relaxing massage. What the whole family will like is very original summer and winter activities.

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Private room at Hotel Himàlaia Soldeu

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel Himàlaia Soldeu

 1.2 Couples

The influence of romantic France and dynamic Spain is translated into the charm of Andorra, which invites you to spend your romantic getaway here. Whether you’ll try skiing or go for a challenging summer hike, it’s up to you. You can find accommodation in one of Europe’s most charming boutique hotels that offer an intimate and warm atmosphere. Although it is a popular spot, I recommend visiting Viewpoint Roc del Quer

Soldeu

The village is perfect for a couple’s romantic weekend or longer stay. Sodeu offers luxurious amenities, great relaxing retreats and apres-ski bars. The smaller size concept will captivate you with a more personal and relaxed experience.

Ordino

The northernmost parish is also known as the lungs of Andorra because 33% of the area belongs to the forest. Otherwise, it consists of 8 smaller towns, all hiding a local rural tradition. If you come in the first week of July, you will enjoy the Feast of Roses, where all the men go to the fields, pluck the excess roses, and distribute them to the women around town.

And now, let’s discover where to stay in Andorra!

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Hotel Naudi Boutique Adults only, Soldeu

Hotel Naudi Boutique is nestled in the stunning natural landscape north of the Pyrenees mountains. Ideal base for visiting all ski resorts and is only 200 metres from the nearest skiing pistes. The hotel also offers many winter activities and ski rentals. In the surroundings, you have lovely fine-dining restaurants. You can also use the free parking next to the hotel.

Book Hotel Naudi Boutique Adults only here

Make yourself at home at Hotel Naudi Boutique Adults only

Enjoy your time at Hotel Naudi Boutique Adults only

Apartaments La Neu, Ordino

If you choose this place, I recommend the Standard or Superior Apartment with 1 large bedroom in the bedroom and a mountain view. All rustic-style apartments are well-equipped, featuring a balcony, a kitchen with ceramics, and a microwave. Apartaments La Neu also offers La Neu Cafe-bar, where you can snack.

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Experience comfort at Apartaments La Neu

Have a wonderful stay at Apartaments La Neu

1.3 Luxury traveler

Welcome to the country in the mountains; it’s time to explore the best places to stay in Andorra. Although it is a microstate, it still offers visit-worthy locations. If you want to see what luxury used to look like, buy a ticket to the Perfume Museum of Andorra.

One night in a luxury hotel would cost you around 150 euros, with additional wellness and spa retreats and excellent options for fine dining within the hotel or nearby. Visit Restava Borda Estevet in Camillo, which offers traditional food.

Another option is La Formatgeria de l’Artell in the centre of Adora la Villa, which will surprise you with a beautiful artisan cheese selection. And finally, la Borda Pairal in Ordino is in a farmhouse style with homemade farm products.

Escaldes-Engordany

Experience the splendour of Escaldes Fortress and stay in the surroundings of some of the luxury hotels. Apart from the comfort of hotels and special wooden farm-like accommodations, the Roman Thermal Bath is a must-visit.

Soldeu

Looking for where to stay in Andorra? A small compact village in Canillo parish offers world-class skiing, apres ski and fine dining experiences. In summer, you can also enjoy the excellently equipped golf courses.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Hotel MIM Andorra, Escaldes- Engordany

Hotel MIM Andorra is known for its superb service and comfortable, clean rooms. And what I liked the most was actually the accommodating staff. This 5-star hotel offers fitness and a spa, and selected rooms have a terrace with a view. By agreement, you can request airport shuttle and room service. I recommend the Superior Suite.

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Have fun at Hotel MIM Andorra

Enjoy your stay at Hotel MIM Andorra

Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa, Soldeu

Perfect vacation spot just a few metres from the Grandvalira Ski Lift. You have pools in a variety of temperatures, a large pool with jets, 2 outdoor pools, and, in addition, spa access for 2 hours daily, without extra charge. Every morning, you are served an exclusive breakfast.

Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa will surprise you with the Ibaya Restaurant with 2 Michelin Stars and 3 Repsols suns, and you can try traditional food at the Hermitage Tradicional Restaurant.

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Relax and unwind at Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

Have a great time at Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

1.4 Design-lovers

Have you seen the Andorra sign along Avenida Carlemany on Instagram? Like many other hidden gems in the capital, this designer spot is also interesting for a great photo. And what would you say about the National Automobile Museum in Encamp, so vintage cars from the 19th century? Design must-see spot is Carelmany fashion street and beautiful Romanesque architecture.

Escaldes-Engordany

Before writing this text, I thought about what to single out from Escaldes. For lovers of aesthetics and design details, I will mention Claustrophobia, an escape room that is decorated quite interestingly.

Andorra la Vella (City Center)

In the city’s centre, you can find many interesting handmade crafts and stands with artisan food. The most exciting point in the centre is the sculpture made by Dali called The Nobility of Time; it has the shape of a melting clock and captures the significance of time.

And now, let’s discover the nicest places to stay in Andorra!

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Roc Blanc Hotel & Spa, Escalades – Engordany

5 minutes from the centre, Roc Blanc Hotel & Spa has stylish rooms with allergy-friendly mattresses. The hotel has 2 mountain-style restaurants, one of which, El Pi Restaurant, has a central fireplace.

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Private room at Roc Blanc Hotel & Spa

Have a pleasant stay at Roc Blanc Hotel & Spa

Suites Plaza Hotel & Wellness, Andorra la Vella

Suites Plaza Hotel & Wellness is located in Andorra de la Ville and is decorated with a tapestry of Salvador Dali. The rooms are spacious. Vallnord ski is 15 min by car from the hotel. The health centre includes a sauna, hammam and heated pool. In addition, you can try international food at El Grande Cafe in the hotel itself.

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Make yourself at home at Suites Plaza Hotel & Wellness

Enjoy your time at Suites Plaza Hotel & Wellness

1.5 Groups

If you are interested in seeing as many museums, shopping centres or cultural events as possible, come from July to September. The country offers you a wide range of accommodation, especially if you’re a group looking for where to stay in Andorra.

As a highlight, the accessibility of the entire region and the grandeur of the Grandvalira and Vallnord ski resorts is something I believe you’ll enjoy the most. And if you want your party to continue into the night, Andorra’s nightlife will not disappoint.

Andorra la Vella (City Center)

The city centre is the best place to accommodate groups. Old-town charm and multilingual culture allow travellers to learn much about local culture and customs. Besides that, you have duty-free shops just a 10-minute drive away.

La Massana

The literal translation means a variety of apples, and that’s enough to tell you about the diversity of the place. Otherwise, La Massana is a sleepy parish cosily tucked away in the Pyrenees. It is great for tourists because it offers excellent Catalan cuisine with a unique French flair. Visit the colourful flower market in the centre of Andoflora and enjoy the smells of many fruits and flowers.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Barri Antic Hostel & Pub, Andorra la Vella

Being one of the most convenient places to stay in Andorra, Barri Antic Hostel & Pub is located near the bus station and city centre. It has friendly staff and offers free WIFI. There is a shared kitchen, including an oven, microwave and toaster.

In addition, a shared lounge with a reading zone with a sofa, a newspaper, and a TV zone is also available. Both single and double rooms have a mountain view, and there is also a private bath. If you are coming for 5 people, choose the Triple Room or Family Room; for 4 people, choose the Quadruple Room.

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Experience comfort at Barri Antic Hostel & Pub

Have a wonderful stay at Barri Antic Hostel & Pub

Hotel Del Pui, La Massana

Hotel Del Pui is a modern hotel only 30 m from the cable car and features elegant rooms with WIFI and great breakfast. The reception offers ski storage and sells ski passes; all rooms have rustic decor with hardwood. A duty-free shop is a 10-minute drive from your hotel, and a lot of bars and restaurants are a few steps away.

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Enjoy your stay at Hotel Del Pui

Have fun at Hotel Del Pui

1.6 Solo-travelers

How do the locals here manage to reach 82 years of average age? Pack your suitcase and come find out. Do not hesitate for a moment, even if you are travelling alone; Andorra is a territory with a low crime rate, high social atmosphere, and easy to navigate.

And no matter what preferences you have for food, Catalan food is sure to amaze you. No matter when you decide to come, summer or winter, you will never be bored. Just research beforehand which group tours or activities you can join before you decide where to stay in Andorra.

Andorra la Vella (City Center)

An excellent base with easy access and undisturbed peace. This part is a commercial centre located only 3 hours from the nearest airport.

Escaldes-Engordany

This is a true shopper’s dream, and the youngest parish was founded in 1978. Beautiful water springs are waiting for you on the mountain’s slopes. Visit Sant Pere Martir Church and Casa de la Creu, among the famous attractions.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Hotel Pyrénées, Andorra la Vella

Just 200 metres from Sant Esteve Church, Hotel Pyrénées offers an outdoor swimming pool during the summer and a year-round tennis court. The hotel is located in the historical part of Andorra, close to the shopping streets.

All rooms are decorated in simple traditional decor and have private bathrooms. Ski rental and ski storage are available at the reception, and parking is free on-site. The location has the highest rating, and the same applies to the cafe bar, which is open all day long.

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Private room at Hotel Pyrénées

Have a pleasant stay at Hotel Pyrénées

Espel, Escalades-Engordany

Looking for the best places to stay in Andorra? This is certainly one you should consider! Espel offers private parking, ski storage and peaceful and comfortable rooms, which are great for the price. Pal-Arinsal Ski Resort is 15 minutes away by car.

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Make yourself at home at Espel

Enjoy your time at Espel

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Andorra is known for its active nightlife, so some clubs stay open until 5 am on weekends. If you come here, make sure to attend the annual jazz festival. I recommend Cafe del Mar Andorra, a venue inspired by Ibiza that offers chill-out music.

Andorra la Vella (City Center)

Here, you can find spa complexes with many night parties. I recommend The Village – the most popular multiple dance floor music venue.

Pas de la Casa

This place is right on the border and one of the best ski resorts, but it will satisfy you even when the ski slopes close at night. At night, it turns into a nightclub hotspot, and my favourite is Havana Club, which has excellent Latin music.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Hotel de l’Isard, Andorra la Vella

Hotel de l’Isard is located in a traditional stone building and offers spacious, clean rooms with TV, minibar and central heating. All rooms have a practical design and natural light. The shared lounge area has an open fireplace, and the famous Caldea Spa is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

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Experience comfort at Hotel de l'Isard

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel de l'Isard

Apartamentos Caribou, Pas de La Casa

Very well-maintained hotel with super friendly staff. It offers apartments with a kitchen. In the offer, you can choose between a studio for 4 guests or an apartment for 6 guests. Apartamentos Caribou is good value for the money.

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Enjoy your stay at Apartamentos Caribou

Have fun at Apartamentos Caribou

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Can you find where to stay in Andorra even if you’re travelling on a budget? Yes, of course! You don’t need a visa, so in the beginning, you can save something and find accommodation through Booking or Airbnb. If you fly from Barcelona, a one-way ticket will cost you 34 euros, and a night in a hotel from 45-65 euros.

The food is not expensive, and you can eat in the local restaurants. A delicious speciality you will spend little money on is Еscudilla, a vegetable and meat stew made the Andorran way. You can also cook it yourself in the small kitchen many accommodations offer. If you want to save, visit many free attractions in spring or autumn.

Andorra la Vella (City Center)

Explore the Old Quarter or Barri Antic without spending a penny, not even on transportation, because they are close to you.

La Massana

Everything is within walking distance here; even budget-friendly pulsing nightclubs promise vibrant nightlife. Arinsal is the real hotspot. Also, you can find a small park for a picnic or local dining options here.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Centro Historico, Andorra la Vella

Centro Historico is a clean, well-equipped apartment that can accommodate 6 guests on 2 floors, one with 2 single beds and the other with 1 large bed. In addition, there is a sofa in the living room. The location is excellent, just 20 minutes to downtown. You can also bring your pet. Although it says it has an excellent WIFI connection, I recommend contacting the host.

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Relax and unwind at Centro Historico

Have a great time at Centro Historico

Font Andorra Hostel, La Massana

Font Andorra Hostel is a clean and tidy bed and breakfast, with free WIFI and available ski storage. All rooms are furnished in stylish minimalistic decor enriched with modern furniture. The duty-free shop is 10 minutes away. There is also free parking 20 metres away and excellent free outdoor group activities.

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Private room at Font Andorra Hostel

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2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Andorra

Where to stay in Andorra and which quarter to choose? For a budget-friendly trip in Andorra, go to La Massana and, on the other hand, enjoy the luxury of Escaldes-Engordany or the designer shopping gutters in the centre. Ordino invites you for a romantic getaway. These are my favourite neighbourhoods in Andorra:

  • Andorra la Vella (City Center)
  • La Massana
  • Ordino
  • Escaldes-Engordany

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Andorra?

The best neighborhood to stay in Andorra depends on your preferences and travel purpose. For a first-time visit, Andorra la Vella's city center is recommended, offering a lively atmosphere, diverse attractions, and easy access to shopping and dining. Other options include La Massana, Ordino, and Escaldes-Engordany, each catering to different interests such as budget travel, romance, or luxury experiences.

Where should you not stay in Andorra?

While Andorra is generally a safe destination, specific preferences and priorities may influence your choice of neighborhood. For those seeking a vibrant city atmosphere with a variety of amenities, avoiding more remote or secluded areas might be advisable. It's essential to consider personal preferences, such as proximity to ski resorts, shopping districts, or cultural attractions, when deciding where to stay.

What should I avoid in Andorra?

Andorra is a relatively safe destination, but like any place, it's essential to exercise common travel precautions. While crime rates are low, it's advisable to avoid poorly lit or isolated areas, especially at night. Be cautious of your belongings in crowded places, and stay informed about local weather conditions, especially if you plan to engage in outdoor activities like skiing or hiking.

Where should I stay in Andorra for the first time?

For a first-time visit to Andorra, Andorra la Vella is a recommended choice. As the capital and the highest capital city in Europe, it offers a lively atmosphere, diverse dining options, and convenient access to attractions like Casa de la Vall, Caldea Spa, Andorra Shopping Area, and Sant Esteve Church. The city's central location and ease of navigation make it an ideal starting point for exploring the country.

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5. Summary where to stay in Andorra

I truly hope that these suggestions will answer your question about where to stay in Andorra and promise an enjoyable trip. If you’re looking for more inspiration, make sure to check the rest of my blog posts.

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