Stayed here in June 2011.
The hostel is made by combining a few regular apartments in two adjacent blocks.
My room was in a 3-room apartment. Paid 15€ for stay in a twin bedroom, used as single. Room is very basic, contains a bed, towels and a television.
Bathroom was in the hallway and shared with 2 more rooms (so up to 6 persons).
Breakfast is included but only consists of a prepacked croissant and an espresso (Freddy must have picked this up in Italy).
Wifi is available, just ask for the code at reception.
I was able to arrange a taxi to the airport through reception. Well recommended.
The hostel is halfway between the trainstation and Skanderbeg square. Major sights are thus within walking distance.
location on google maps :
very well located
I have stayed 5 nights at Star Hostel, which could rightfully be called a 2 star hotel. First of all, it is in the very centre of Tirana and my room was one of the cleanest hotel rooms I have ever been. The room, which had a private toilet-shower, was spacious enough with 2 large beds, a wardrobe and many drawers to put stuff, a flat screen TV and AC. Rooms look at the main street so it can be noisy sometimes.
Staff was kind and helpful. They helped me a lot in showing the directions. Breakfast was served at the restaurant next door. It wasn’t a continental breakfast but it was free. As I mentioned, the hotel stands in one of the best locations to explore the city on foot. It is just few meters away from the Museum of History and very economical compared to the huge neighbouring hotel. So it is advisable to choose Star Hostel for short and medium stays. One warning: they don’t accept credit cards so it is good to put aside some cash for the payment.
Very close to city center.
If you want to spash out a little the Hotel De Paris on Brigada viii is a good place. A lovely hotel two minutes walk from the Sky Tower at the top end of the block district. big spacious rooms with balcony very close to some of the best bars in the area. Well double glazed which is just as well. €80-100 with breakfast.
I did not stay here, but I know the people managing it. It is a nice place and very spacious, at least compared to some other hostels I have been myself in the region.
I always choose to accomodate there staff that comes to us from England, US, Italy or France.
These flats are definitely a great choice, perfect location around the Skanderbeg Square and closed to all facilities one needs. The staff is very helpful and we do trust them for airport transfers, guided tours and we even rent their 4WD and other cars.
Economic, private, comfortable. Internet connection, cable tv, air conditioned, nice view, character. Cooking facilities, fridge etc. Balconies! Great staff!
Sadly I had no choice in the selection of this hotel as my
travel companion chose the place, it was late when we arrived
and the 2 other options I saw on the net when at home I forgot to
print out the info. Freddy's I visited was far superior and Backpackers
OK if you don't need a private room.
After staying in Shkodra and Vlora we had been so spoilt so the immediate request
for the passport was kind an abrupt end to my idea that all hotels had the friendliest
staff just like the people. But fair dinkums, this was Tirane the capital city and more
used to hustle and bustle of travelers and tourists. The reception was dimly lit and the
wooden walls and carpeted floor with an usual heat trapped with little ventilation made me
feel like the Finnish saunas or the Russian trains in winter with their scolding hot radiators.
The room was very basic and looked worn and very well used, the shower didn't have much pressure and was broken and the toilets didn't flush properly, something neccessary if you got a dodgy tummy
and suffering from the runs. The man who did the graveyard shift was very kind and a devout muslim,
I remember him getting his carpet to pray. The place was mentioned in the ALBANIA Travel Guide by
Bradt in their May 2008 Edition, so didn't object before outright.
The Live Albanian music place next door was blaring out folky Albian music until about 4am, a pain if you
want to sleep or suffering from drinking too much Raki.
Great cafe opposite situated in the garden of a cinema.
A cellar place playing LIVE Albanian folk music next door,
also small cafe on RHS with 2 floors, travel agency selling
tickets for 25 Euro to Athens.
Only 3 mins walk away from Skandeberg square
Price was 4,000 Lek 1 night or 2 nights for 7,000 Lek.
Staff didn't speak any English
I literally dived into the hotel to escape the stifling heat and was shown to a dingy pink and sky blue room, with ultra basic facilities (shower and WC shared on the corridor) but surprisingly for the EUR 20 (ALL 2400) I paid, there was air conditioning. However, the room felt so uninspiring I promptly left the room and returned only to sleep late and woke at 3am covered in mosquito bites. I fled to the relative comfort of the train station to recover for a coffee.
It is as bad as a hotel can get...
We stayed here for one night. We found it online. Check out website below. It was simple,inexpensive, and clean. We stayed in corner room. Some noise from street, but not bad at all. We slept fine. Maybe about $25 USD in July 2006 for two. The owners were kind and their son happened to be there and spoke English. It was about a 5 minute walk to the main square. It was worth it. Had breakfast there, too. Restaurant is part of it. It's on Siri Kodra.
Hotel Eder is 2-story building which I guess used to be flats and has now been converted into a hotel. Not too much has been converted, thought, so you still feel like you're in part of a flat...
The rooms are basic (local TV, shower & WC OK, a/c worked), breakfast was continental. Not too far from the center (walking distance). Cost about 45 Euros for a room.
It is not easy to find budget accomodation in Tirana, especially on the Internet.
You can of course find plenty of hotels but those listed on the Internet are only the most expensive ones, the Sheraton and the Rogner Hotel (4 stars).
Other less expensive hotels, around 70-90 eur/night are the President hotel, the Grand Hotel, both centraly located. As for the cheaper places, the best would be to ask a local, if you know one.
If not ... i have a guest room at my own home - but subject to the most succesful candidates :))
Below is a link of Tirana municipality's website, maybe the only page where you will find a proper listing of some of the hotels and their contact information
we were told by various non-albanians that accommodation in tirana was very expensive due to undeveloped tourism in the city - that lodgings could only be found in the form of 3-5 star hotels which as we all know are over-priced even if comfortable and central. when we talked to the natives we were proved wrong. they told us that rooms well under the €10 mark were in large enough supply and sure enough we mangaed to get a room for three for €24 - €8 each - with en-suite, fridge, tv and clean linen. as central as could be too - just of the main boulevard. so dont splash out unnecessarily without having a look around. there are no tourist offices in the city so ask the locals.
Open 24hrs, peaceful (I had a back room), cheap enough, small rooms. 3000 lek (25 euros) for the room - split by 2 this comes to the cheapest option in Tirane so I'm told, I was unable to find cheaper. The maid managed to sew up my backpack which was broken and it's still together now, so can't fault her! The staff in the restaurant downstairs speak relatively good English and you will find them extremely helpful.
Hotel Europa Rogner - built exactly where
the Communist party headquarters were planned
to be built 15 years ago, it is another
product of Albania's young capitalism.
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