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.
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Location Advantage of Mountain Hostel
The Mountain Hostel Tarter is home in the village of El Tarter, a tranquil and residential village in the Pyrenees mountains. The hostel and village is located 1700m above sea level. To give you a better idea of the location, it is only 20km away from the urban center of Andorra La Vella and Pas del Casa, the french border.
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Mountain Hostel Tarter,
Ctra. de Sant Pere, AD100 Canillo, Andorra
All room types at Mountain Hostel Tarter 🛌🏾
Private Room Types available: Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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.
Where is Andorra? Andorra is a small country between France and Spain, up in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Update: The Mountain Hostel in El Tarter just added a brand new Jacuzzi, swimming pool to its premises.
Now you can swim in a hot pool and snowboard the mountains in one day.
We have visited the best hostel in Andorra, 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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Mountain Hostel Tarter is a 5 Star Hostel, because …
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The Mountain Hostel Tarter has way more to offer than an average hostel.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Come to Andorra in Winter? Mountain Hostel Tarter is the best place to stay in Andorra in Winter! They have many ski slopes around the corner and literally in front. Here’s a handy guide to skiing in Andorra.
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.
The guests love the casual, yet professional hospitality. The Mountain Hostel Team itself also enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing and activities to do in and around Andorra.
This makes them a small tourism office you can seek out and ask anything. Ask them 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 the staffs that receive 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.
In Winter the hostels location could not be better! They are in front of one of the biggest ski stations in the Pyrenees: Grandvalira.
It is only a short 5 minutes walk away from the ski station.
In summer, El Tarter and therefore the Hostel is surrounded by valles, mountains, hiking trails, and beautiful landscape. You can go for a hike and take bikes rides.
The bike park in Soldeu is only a 2km away from El Tarter as well.
Bars and Restaurants Tarter
Only 300 meters from Mountain Hostel Tarter you will find the bar-restaurant l’Abarset.
It opens from 9h-20h and is a great choice for breakfast, lunch and to have a drink later on. You cannot have dinner here though.
In winter they organize every Saturday the coolest Aprés Ski parties in Andorra. With Live music, DJs, and a the fun vibe, this is something you should join.
In summer you can eat and drink at the enormous terrace with the lovely mountain view. However, in low season from May-June and September-November the restaurant l’Abarset remains closed.
So, what about dinner in El Tarter?
There is another bar-restaurant called Restaurante Dylans.
It is only a 150meters away from the 5 Star Hostel – walking distance, obviously! It has a great price-quality ratio and is a great option for eating out in the night. The guests, so YOU, get a 10% discount here at Restaurante Dylans – pretty cool!
Same as l’Abarset, the Restaurante Dylans closes for low season.
Shops in the area
You see, there are just a few options to eat out in El Tarter. This is why you will find a fully-equipped kitchen at the hostel. All you need to do is bringing your food. There are two small shops in walking distance. One of them opens only in winter from December to April whilst the other one is open all year around. We recommend to do your shopping actually in the bigger supermarkets in Andorra la Vella or in Canillo. You will find a bigger variety of products.
As El Tarter is a popular winter destination, there are numerous ski rental services and shops.
Canillo is the closest village nearby with plenty of services.
It is only 5 km away from El Tarter, and you have everything here: Supermarkets, Pharmacies, public swimming pools, tourist offices, banks, post offices etc.
Soldeu is located 2km north of El Tarter and it’s known for the nightlife in winter.
There are numerous of bars to get a drink and delicious restaurants all over the year.
You can reach both villages by public transport with the buses L3 and L4, leaving on a frequent basis until 9:30pm.
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