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Font D’Argent Hotel

21 Apr, 2009

Fabulous Skiing in a Medieval City

Font D’Argent Hotel

The Font D’Argent Hotel in Canillo, Andorra, provides lift access to some of the best skiing in the country. Canillo, the capitol of Canillo Parish, sits one-and-a-half miles above sea level in the Pyrenees just south of France. Because of its elevation, and advances in artificial snow machines, this ancient city has become one of the best-kept secrets in skiing.

Andorra has existed since before Roman times. The chief language is Catalan, but French and Spanish are both spoken, and English is generally understood. Couched between France and Spain, the country has largely gone unnoticed; it was even left out of the Treaty of Versailles, because both sides forgot the little principality was there. After a failed coup in the 1930s, Andorra began developing its own democracy, but it was not formalized until the citizens ratified a constitution in 1993. During this time of change, the country became a tax haven, luring modern banks and boosting the economy. Andorra is also known for its Roman-era churches, bridges, and other buildings. The Church of Saint Joan de Caselles is in Canillo and, at 27 meters high, has one of the tallest bell-towers in Andorra. Historical documents penned on parchment are kept in the church coffers, and a six-meter-long iron screen displays a Gothic carving of Christ.

The Font D’Argent Hotel is in a park area near central Canillo. There is immediate access to local entertainment and shopping, with public transport only 20 meters from the hotel door, and Grandvalira, the nearest and biggest ski slopes, are only 2 kilometers away. The Font D’Argent provides lift access, a café, bar, and restaurant with highchair access; and a parking garage and laundry services are available. There are a conference room and a games room as well, and most rooms have internet access for an additional fee.

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