Tirana is one of the most visited towns in the Balkan Peninsula. The Albanian capital has many beautiful affordable hotels located right in the city centre, including luxury and boutique hotels. However, the town also has plenty of cool hostels at reasonable prices frequented by young travelers from all over the world. Check out our list of the six best hostels in Tirana where you can save money, meet new friends, enjoy a cool atmosphere, and experience the lively side of the Albanian capital.
Milingona City Center Hostel is one of the most beautiful and colorful hostels in Tirana, located near the National History Museum, the Opera House, the Pyramid of Enver Hoxha, the Et’Hem Bey Mosque, and all the most famous landmarks of the Albanian capital. Milingona City Center is undoubtedly one of the best-furnished hostels in the country as well: the modern and spacious rooms are decorated with traditional Albanian pieces and typical furniture, such as sofas, lamps, and carpets with beautiful traditional geometric patterns.
Tirana Backpacker Hostel is the first hostel that opened in Tirana and one of the best, too. Located inside a beautiful old Italian-style villa, close to Skanderbeg Square, the heart of the capital, Tirana Backpacker is the perfect place to spend the night in Tirana. The huge backyard with mandarin and orange trees, plants, sofas and instruments is the right place to relax, enjoy the quiet atmosphere, and chat with other guests.
Right behind the imposing Pyramid of Tirana, the weird palace built in the ’80s to honor the former dictator Enver Hoxha, Destil Hostel is one of the coolest places to spend the night in Tirana. The style of this cool hostel is simply terrific: the interior spaces are decorated with designer elements, and the garden, which is the perfect place to relax between sights and meet new friends, is full of plants and trees. Destil has also a great bar that serves excellent coffee, drinks and cocktails, and a place to work in tranquility.
Just few meters from Skanderbeg Square, right behind Rruga e Kavajes, one of the main streets in Tirana, Zig Zag Hostel is a cosy hostel with rooms decorated with traditional furniture. It is the perfect place to discover the long street that is one of the most authentic places in the capital, with a lovely mosque, traditional houses, and stores. The hostel also has a lounge area and a colorful garden where it is possible to meet people from all the world, relax, or have a drink and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.
Located inside a three-story villa close to Skanderbeg Square and the city center, Hostel Vertigo is right behind Rruga e Durrësit, one of the most elegant streets in Tirana, and is a friendly place that offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere. The hostel, which is the perfect place from which to visit the town on foot without needing public transport or taxis, is surrounded by a garden furnished with comfortable sofas and tables where people can relax, read, work, socialize, or enjoy a drink at the bar.
Just few steps from the characteristic Pazari i Ri, the recently renovated market of Tirana that is the perfect place to buy souvenirs, Trip’n’Hostel is a beautiful hostel situated inside an old Italian-style villa built in 1910 with three floors and two large gardens. The vintage-style common area is perfect for chatting with new friends as well as working on your laptop, thanks to the free wireless Internet. Yet, the best and coolest part of the hostel is the solarium terrace located on the roof.