Old Town Villa: a sleek retreat in the heart of Durrës

Taking up residency in the villa of Spiru family, originally built in 1902 in the historical central neighbourhood of Varosh, protected by the Albanian government as archaeological area, Old Town Villa is the perfect base for exploring Durrës and surroundings. Within walking distance of Durrës’ headline ruins (read: the ancient amphitheatre, Venetian Tower and Roman Forum) and seafront, Old Town Villa is a haven for those who appreciate to feel like at home while visiting a new destination without sacrificing the comfort. This cool urban stay in the heart of the city opened in 2022 and welcomes its guests like family, with a pretty garden, element design and warm hospitality.


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The 14 rooms (three of which are suites), all furnished with modern and elegant elements making the hotel a little jewel in the heart of the ancient Illyrian town, are scattered across three floors. Ranging from cozy rooms to sprawling terrace suites with city views, Old Town Villa caters to all; families with children, couples, solo travelers in town for business or dental tourism (the hotel collaborates with some of the best dental clinics in town that entrusted them with the accommodation of their patients), as well as those in Durrës for a no-holds barred hedonistic break. All the rooms are spacious, quiet, with triple gazed windows and soundproof doors, and equipped with LED TV, minibar and Wi-Fi. The mattresses are from the prestigious American brand 5th Avenue for 5-star hotels, ideal for guaranteeing a perfect rest to guests. Old Town Villa has a private open-air parking and offers laundry service too. Furthermore, here it is possible to buy drinks and snacks, and enjoying them in the structure’s small blooming garden.


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Old Town Villa is strategically placed in the heart of Durrës. All the main tourist landmarks of the city are only a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. The staff here is always happy to help suggesting what to see in town and giving tips about the best local restaurants and cafes. From the archaeological sites and museums, to restaurants, boutiques and aesthetical centres, there is lots of things to do in Durrës. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Amphitheatre, the largest in the Balkan peninsula including the extraordinary basements with ancient mosaics, Roman Forum and Venetian Tower. A little farther out you’ll stumble upon the Archaeological Museum. Make sure to spend some time here to discover the history of Albania and admire the extensive collection of objects from the Illyrian, ancient Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Then, come back to your room. Rest and enjoy a fresh fruit cocktail -or a glass of wine- while watching the sunset from your private balcony. Is there a best way to end up the day?


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Location: Rruga M. Varoshi 66, Durrës
Cost: from €35.

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