During the Second World War, many Jewish families who had crossed the Pyrenees fleeing from the persecution to which they had been subjected in Nazi-occupied Europe stayed at this hotel. They arrived here from the Principality of Andorra having had to negotiate mountain passes in epic acts of evasion in which they had to evade surveillance on either side of the frontier, defy hash climatic conditions, which included year-round snows, and overcome the rugged terrain along the way. Those who followed this escape route included Baroness Rothschild and her two daughters. The objective of all of those who tried to escape was to find refuge far from Europe. The majority were captured and held in prisons, concentration camps and hotels until they were authorised to leave Spain and head for America or Palestine. The Lleida Pyrenees were the penultimate obstacle separating them from freedom.