Tucked in between France, Spain and up the mountains of the Pyrenees, you can explore one of the smallest countries in Europe. Andorra is known for its majestic natural surroundings. Same as the small village of Interlaken in Switzerland, Andorra now has its very own 5 Star Hostel to stay at: Mountain Tarter Hostel.
What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Mountain Hostel Tarter
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
The Mountain Hostel Tarter is located in El Tarter, a small village in the north-eastern part of Andorra. Offering only 9 super-cosy rooms, this chic hostel is a perfect home-base for exploring Andorra. The main common area is kept to resemble an actual living room to help you slow down in the heart of the hostel.
Hostelgeeks visited Mountain Hostel. Whilst we enjoyed a great hostel experience, we got to admire the natural surroundings of Andorra. Hike with us between the clouds of the pyrenees in our Andorra photo journal.
The rustic farm house from the 18th century combined with those colorful elements, makes Mountain Hostel Tarter a trendy lifestyle hostel: Carefully designed with a blend of modern yet traditional feel.
We have visited the Mountain Hostel. We packed our summer pants to the day, and winter jacket for the night, and head over to Tarter for an interview with Mar. Mar is the owner of the 5 Star Hostel. She shares her point of view, and the background story of the accommodation.
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We at Hostelgeeks, Anna&Matt, love to share with you the world’s greatest Hostels: the 5 Star Hostels. We had a close look at this beautiful budget accommodation in Andorra. From the sustainable efforts, the design background to uniqueness – a place with serious character.
Let’s dig into the details, so lean back, and keep scrolling. The Mountain Hostel Tarter has way more to offer than an average hostel.
Mountain Hostel Tarter is a 5 Star Hostel, because …
1. Eco Commitment and Guidelines
The sustainable effort of a hostel tells you quite a bit about the character itself. Mountain Hostel Tarter is certainly an accommodation taking responsibility, doing their homework to let their guests enjoy a clean and toxic-free environment.
Fact is, the Mountain Hostel Tarter even has its own Eco-Commitment. Written down, transparent! You can find the eco hostel guidelines here. The owners did not just create a beautiful hostel for travelers. They welcome you to their accommodation, inviting you to join the many different sports activities which they themselves enjoy.
Same as Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof in Interlaken, Switzerland, the Mountain Hostel committed itself to be an Eco-friendly hostel. In total, there are 5 points the Mountain Hostel sees itself committed to.
a. The new and the past design blend in harmony
The hostel is built inside a 200 year old farm house. They maintained the buildings construction, and added colorful design elements. It is modern and fresh, yet it matches the history of the building.
b. Solar Powered hot showers
Have a hot shower thanks to solar power. All the hot water you use here is heated up by the sun.
c. Power efficient heating
Andorra is known for being a wonderful winter destination – quite obvious due to the Pyrenees, right?! No surprise, the winter is cold, and a solid, reliable house heating is very important. They have installed a type of radiator which consumes less power, storing generated heat and working more efficiently.
Also, all windows are double-glazed, up to the new and expected standard.
d. Water-saving installations
Installed in toilets, showers and the kitchen, their water-saving taps end up saving 50% more water compared to regular types of taps. And YES, you will have your hot shower, and won’t miss any luxury or basics! Truth be told, you might not even notice it.
Recycling nowadays is standard in most of Europe. And for good reason. All 5 Star Hostels recycle their waste and so does Mountain Hostel in Tarter. It may sound normal, really, but it isn’t.
2. Modern Interior at a Rustic farm
You can plainly see it from the outside that the Mountain Hostel Tarter is located in an old, rustic farm house. This typical Andorran building is over 200 years old, built in the 18th century. Later on it was used to keep the farms animals like cows and mules, alongside the summer’s harvest.
When the decision was final to turn this specific building into a hostel, the designers wanted to maintain as many details as possible. The 200 years of history were included in the modern design hostel as it is today. Blending old and modern has been their main goal with this reconstruction.
The living room is the place to be. Old ropes were used for an idea of separating the rooms. Have you seen the old chimney in the corner? A must-have for every cosy living room. The blue blur of color with the rural setup makes Mountain Hostel Tarter a one-of-a-kind hostel.
3. Combine Location, design and vibes
We are big fans of Mountain Hostel Tarter. Quite obvious, it is thanks to the fact they tick all the 5 Star hostel criteria. That being said, we think it is the combination of location, design, and vibes that makes Mountain Hostel Tarter stand out.
It would not have been necessary to create such a design-conscious hostel, but they did it. Mixing an old farmers house with this chic interior design, it feels like visiting family. Welcoming and inviting, both the hostel’s concept and the team do a fabulous job.
Last but not least, the final ingredient for its uniqueness is the location. Surrounded by Mountains, the Mountain Hostel Tarter is the only hostel in front of a huge ski resort in Andorra as Grandvalira. In fact, Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees and one of the biggest in Europe.
4. Cosy and active vibes
The Mountain Hostel Tarter is a lifestyle hostel. The active traveller comes here to enjoy nature; Hiking, cycling, Canyoning in summer, and every type of snow activity you can think of in winter.
The hostel aims to maintain a tranquil, cosy vibe where guests can kick-back after a day of activity. The owners also organize casual BBQs and get-togethers. You can mingle with the fellow travelers, cook together and share your day trips over a drink in the chic living room.
The hostel has an own dog as well, named Shasha. When she is not sleeping in her bed behind the reception desk, Shasha is welcoming and visiting everyone in the hostel. Read more about Shasha and other pets in the 5 Star Hostels here.
5. And yet: The staff gets best ratings
The very last point we have a close look at is the staff. All major booking platforms confirm what we have seen. The guests love the casual, yet professional hospitality. Mar, the owner of the hostel also enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing and activities to do in and around Andorra.
This makes Mar itself a small tourism office you can seek out and ask anything. Ask her for a ski pass, hiking trails, cycle routes – you will get firsthand experience.
Although the location is great and the design is remarkable, it is Mar that receives the best ratings over and over again. Andorra is indeed one of the smallest countries in Europe, and always worth it for a stopover on your travels.
This video shows you all around Mountain Hostel Tarter. A super cool and creative video, capturing the active lifestyle and vibe of the accommodation.
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