Hotel Pavarësia is a large place just near the port, so it's well placed for getting to the beaches and the centre. I'd class it as quite luxurious, which makes it good value for the price (I paid 45 euros per night for a 'single' room which in fact was a huge double). Of course you have to walk through a rubbish-laden park full of holes to get to it, but that's quite normal in Vlora and in Albania in general. There's a restaurant which is good just below, that belongs to the hotel I think. The Italian restaurant with a terrace just next to the hotel is really good too - great pizzas, friendly service. One problem with the hotel was that in August it was a bit noisy sometimes, with Turkish-inspired pumba-pumba music blaring out of a hamburger stall on the square below (but they usually shut up after a while). And breakfast wasn't brilliant, despite nice breakfast room and nice lady serving coffee. As a point in its favour, I was finding it difficult to get anywhere in August for just 2 nights and this place has no problem with that. (I booked through albania hotel.com).
We arrived late from Tirane to the Furgon stop
by the bus station at the roundabout and my
travel companion wanted to grab a place on
the beach front, the Hotel Bologna was listed in the
Bradt's Guide 2008 Edition, said beach side Hotels
€20 to €40 and away from the beach in the town,
€20 and under. We took a modern local bus down the
main road 3 stops and paid 30 Lek each, the driver was
a godsend after the nightmare of Urban buses in Tirane.
A 50 etre walk to the hotel. There was no reception, a
lady in the resteraunt after explaining the price of €35
thrust some room keys in my companions hands with a smile,
just 1 flight of steps next to the resteraunt, and a beautiful room
with a huge balcony overlooking the whole bay of Vlore and
the large hotel patio of the hotel below.
We met the manager later that night, a jovial fellow called Rami,
he was the sort who looked always busy and in charge, but always time
for the guests. The waiters were a bit slow, but I put that down to
being so young.
Hotel "Bologna" has 15 rooms, 10 double room,
5 single room. Rooms with bathroom, satelite TV,
balcony, Beach and quiet location (if there are no weddings). Moreover,
a great restaurant, American bar, car parking.
The restaurant with its Italian and Albanian traditional
cuisine is another factor that elevates the hotel’s standard.
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We didn't delve into any of the following activities,
so can't comment.
Everyone was glued round a super size TV watching the
Albania vs Sweden match in Tirane..
Of course I cheered for Albania...hehe
Luckily was a draw..
We offer you possibility of motorboat rides,
where you can experience the beauty of Albanian coast (from teh pirates Cave),
and for the more couragouse, the adventure will continue with paragliding.
For those who wouldn΄t dare to fly ther are other options, like a pool game,
ping-pong, beach volley or an afternoon on internet. The camping tents
are under the olive and orange trees, where you can barbecue meat or fish.
But this doesn΄t end here. Minutes close to the camping site is the picturesque village,
where you can walk or pay a visit to anytime. The evening will offer you anothe magic:
and starry sky, the reflection of the Moon in the se a under the marvelous sounds of the
music that will never stop: you will have everything you desire, a romantic evening
a party, a sauna, show, cinema, live music etc.
Hotel Bologna has 5 weddings a day in August and
maybe 3 are at the same time spread out over the
hotel premesis. Weddings during Ramadan is something
I ran into a German chap who would be teaching maths at the university
in English and another teacher from Sri Lanka also a maths teacher.
Apparently they could eat at the hotel and the University paid for
their food, so I ran into this tall thin almost albino German chap several
times, always with his slim leather briefcase in tow. Quite a move when
coming from Stuttgart the home of Mercedes, a natural ally for any
Albanian driving a car..
The manager is called Rami Isufi
mobile # 068 033 23259
In the end Hotel New York permitted us a good night's sleep and a quick dip in a clean and refreshing pool so it turned out OK. For a while there, we had our doubts though.
When we first arrived in Vlora late at night and straight off the ferry, we went straight to the hotel, where we had booked a couple of weeks ahead, only to hear that we had no booking and that there must have been a mistake!
After a long and heated argument, we were eventually found a single room and a camp bed was added for an extra 10 euros (40 euros for the double).
The breakfast wasn't bad and we were lulled into thinking it would be OK to stay there on the way back.
Unfortunately for a second time they confirmed a booking and we arrived to find otherwise. Again, there were discussions with the reception staff and a couple of room changes before we were satisfied with what they had offered us for 50 euros for the double.
Nice location oposite the water and a clean, well maintained swimming pool.
From my travel experience I can say that in most cases it is difficult to combine cheap prices with clean accomodation and perfect location. Well, in Vlora it happens. I recommend the rooms at a place known as Uji i Ftohte (Rrapi). You just stop there and ask for Sinani's house. They have plenty of rooms with nice gardens of olive trees in front. However during summer months- july, august - they accept booking for a minimum stay of 2 weeks. While from April till May and after august you may stay as long as you like for 8 eur per room (3 beds, kitchen and shower inside). Distance from sea: 50 meters.
My family and I have stayed in this hostel more than once and everytime has been a great experience. Almost all rooms overlook the sea. Room are spacious and very cozy. I strongly recommend it to families, couples and groups of friends.
Rooms go from 20 - 25 dollars/night. The hostel is located in a very suitable location of Vlora. You can walk to the nearest beach (after crossing the tunnel) which by the way is fabulous. Have Fun!!!
The view is great, rooms are cheap and comfortable, an very convinient location (near the city center and the nice beaches).
Apparently we were the only non-locals staying at the hotel - and we were welcomed like king and queen. Hotel new york is a 2 star hotel which should deserve two extra stars - one for its cleanliness and sea terrace, and one for its tachiness. Not even in Las Vegas I have come across such a room
The photo of the room speaks for itself- we also had a nice balcony overlooking the sea.
More seriously an added bonus of the hotel is its swimming-pool - just perfect for a last post-beach dip, especially when the weather is terribly warm.
In 2006 it was 50 euros a night, including breakfast.
There are a good number of nice hotels in Vlora and many more continue to be build. Some of the operating hotels are: 'Vlora International', 'Bologna', 'Beti', 'Diplomat', 'Versiglia', 'Plazhi i Ri', 'Greta'.
Many of these apart from accommodation also offer bar and dinning spaces of excellent quality.
HOTEL NAME: HOTEL ADRIATIK
ADDRESS: VLORA, ALBANIA.
Tel #: (042)102-415
IDD: 355 CURRENCY : Lek
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