Hotel Don Gaspar de Portola
The snow capped peaks of the Pyrenees, the clear blue skies and the
green luxuriant valley of Val d'Aran is the setting for this Parador.
The site is that of the House of D. Gaspar de Portola whose claim to fame is the discover of California.
There is a steeply sloping roof so that a heavy weight of snow will not accumulate. The bedrooms have dormer windows
looking over the roof. This traditional mountain design is also
in the wooden beams featured in the bedrooms.
The restaurant features the specialties of the region which here are:
"olla aranesa" which is a local version of a stew;
The Arties Parador has a total of thirty eight twin bedrooms, nine double bedrooms,
three suites, seven duplex rooms and two easy access rooms, all with TV canal plus, telephone and mini bar.
There are conference facilities for up to 240 persons. There is a swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium, children's play area and games room. Other facilities include heated swimming pool (exccept July, August and first half of September), seasonal outdoor swimming pool and two treatment rooms..
In Val d'Aran several of the villages have old churches in the Romanic style. The one in Santa Maria de Arties is particularly worth a visit. In the same village the old Roman baths are still preserved.
There are three local feast days in the area. On June 24 it is the feast of San Juan, in Arties. In the same village the feast of San Jaime is celebrated on July 25th. The Cattle Fair in nearby Vielha is also a festival not to be missed.
For skiers, the Baqueira Beret station is four and a half miles away.
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25599 Arties, Lleida
Latitude: 42° 42' 2.808" N (42.70058863867591)
Longitude: 0° 52' 17.2914" E (0.8715838193893433)
|La Seu d'Urgell||124||East|
|Sos del Rey Catolico||347||West|
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|Comment posted by Rik Moeremans|
|Arrived on August 20 2014, we spent 2 days in the Parador of Arties a nice and quite little village in the mountains. As usual, a clean and perfect Parador with excellent and very friendly staff. They were helpfull too. Breakfast is perfect and met largely our expectations. Dinner OK for price /quality. Rooms are rather small compared with rooms in other Paradores. On the other hand there is no problem to park your car easely and the acces to the Parador is well indicated and easy compared with other Paradores deeper in Spain. Overall very good. We quote this Parador 18,50/20.|
|Comment posted by Sorrel|
|We stayed at Arties for two nights in September. I have dreamed for years of staying in a Parador, and this certainly lived up to my expectations. It was beautifully located, very special and we enjoyed every minute. The price too was very reasonable.|
|Comment posted by Paul Carey|
|We have never been disappointed with a Parador and Arties was no exception. Dinner on both nights was excellent. the village is not the most exciting in the summer but the drives around and over the mountains more than made up for that. Winter sports season would certainly add a buzz to the village. As always the members of staff were exceptional. We stayed at the beginning of September well before any snow came.|
|Comment posted by Richard Anstey|
|We stayed 3 nights here in June, the first time in a Parador. It is a very large hotel in a small village, ideally placed for winter sports and summer hiking. At the time we stayed there were very few other guests, which made the place lack atmosphere. The room was rather small and the decor was very dark, which made it feel smaller still. But it was very clean and had a large ensuite bathroom. Whilst quite comfortable, it was very hot, even with the window wide open overnight, despite the outside temperature being sub 8C. Some kind of aircon would make a massive difference. Stunning view from the bedroom window across the village rooftops to the snow capped mountains beyond - very photogenic. Staff were all friendly and helpful, Reception quick & efficient at check-in and out, but due I suppose to the shortage of guests, the bar was not always manned and we had to wait quite a while for a drink in the late afternoon. Breakfast was good, although not exceptional by comparison with two other Paradors we subsequently stayed in. The night we ate dinner in the very large restaurant was entertaining as there was a large party of Japanese tourists to whom everything was strange and exciting so there was much merriment. The other two nights it appeared virtually empty so we found a lovely restaurant down in the village (but also virtually empty) with excellent food. The little Bistro directly across the road also does a very reasonably priced 3 course lunch. We enjoyed our stay, despite the weather, although suspect that this may be more of a winter venue. We were very sad to see the devastation caused to the village by flooding about a week after we left. Thankfully, we understand the Parador was unaffected, being quite high above the river, but we fear for the owner of the little restaurant in the square.|
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The Parador of Arties is a mountain hotel in the Pyrenees