Korça is one of the most romantic towns in Albania. The town hasn’t experienced a great deal of tourism, but it has a lot to offer visitors. From trendy rooms to boutique hotels, the “Little Paris of Albania” has plenty of accommodation options for travelers. Read our list of the six best hotels in which to spend a lovely night in town.
Located right in the center of Korça, Hotel Koçibelli is the most famous hotel in town. Built in 1972, Koçibelli was the only hotel in Korça during the Communist era. Back then it was called Hotel Turizmi. Located near the Andon Zako Caupi Theater, between the old bazaar and the Cathedral of the Resurrection, Hotel Koçibelli is perfectly situated for visiting the main landmarks in Korça.
Korça is relatively inexpensive compared to other towns in the Balkan peninsula, so finding a luxury hotel on the cheap is easy. The Life Gallery Hotel is a favorite for traveling couples, offering intimate, cozy, and well-designed rooms. The complex consists of three buildings and a lovely summer terrace in the garden. The main hotel building was built in 1924 and was once the villa of an aristocrat. A plus here is the presence of three cool bars: Avenue 55, an American-style bar serving excellent drinks; Oriental Bar, which features many kinds of tea; and Beer 55 Bar, boasting a wide selection of local and international beers.
For a taste of old-fashioned luxury, try Hotel Vila Mano, a hotel situated between the two museums of Korça, the National Museum of Education and the Museum of Medieval Art. Vila Mano is hosted inside a traditional villa and is decorated with typical Albanian elements, such as rugs with geometrical patterns and old furniture. The hotel has a garden and a terrace where you can sit and have coffee to admire the lovely roofs of the town.
Bujtina e Bardhe is another traditional hotel in Korça hidden behind the cathedral, in one of the most characteristic area of the Old Town. Some rooms offer gorgeous views over the Morava Mountain, one of the highest peaks in Albania and the best skiing destination in the country. The location of Bujtina e Bardhe is the perfect base for exploring main landmarks of the town, such as the Museum of Education and the cathedral.
Situated inside a traditional building near the National Museum of Medieval Art of Korça, Hani i Pazarit is a stunning boutique hotel with luxury rooms and a lovely patio. Its 23 rooms are extremely well designed with traditional Albanian carpets, rugs and furniture. Every Friday and Saturday, the hotel offers its customers live traditional serenades.
For a luxurious stay, Casa Gaçe is one of the best choices in Korça. The hotel is located in the heart of the Morava Mountains, surrounded by nature. It is the perfect place for those who are looking for tranquility and relaxation. The elegant rooms are decorated with beautiful furniture and offer terrific views over the mountains.