When it comes to choosing a base for an ideal weekend getaway in the Albanian capital, the best thing to do is to find a hotel well located that offers the perfect amenities to make the stay as much as comfortable and enjoyable. And being less then leisurely three-minute walk from Kalaja e Tiranes and Pedonalja, in the heart of the city, The Crown Tirana -directed by Mr. Fatjon Selimaj- fits the bill perfectly.
Blending a neo-classic feel with contemporary furniture, this boutique-stay nods to its history -it was the house of Adile Zogu, one of Albanian king’s sisters- through the use of white tones and elegant elements. The Crown might be one of the most intimate hotels in Tirana, but don’t think for a second that this translates to the size of its rooms -all 9 of which are handsomely spacious. Ranging in size from a suite to double and mini apartments, many with their own private balconies, the rooms reflect an elegant, functional contemporary aesthetic with clean lines and cool furniture.
FOOD & DRINKS
The continental breakfast ranges from fresh pastries and fruit, veggie options, artisan breads, to lactose-free and gluten-free dishes. What about dinner? The Crown’s restaurant, under the direction of chef Albi Subashi, is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the 104-year-old building. The à la carte menu makes it the perfect place for all kind of guests. Start things off with Risotto with beetroot cream, brie cheese and cheese emulsion. Next, sample the Crispy tuna with kombu, soya caramel sauce and mango, or Crown ceviche with seabass, mango tartar, smoked chili and wild blueberries.
Step outside and you’re right in the centre of Tirana. Within a short walk you can find all the main touristic landmarks of the Albanian capital. Start your day with a visit to the BunkArt2 discovering the history of Albania, then visit the near streets lacked full of restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as Kalaja e Tiranes, with laidback cafes. After a day of visits, is time for some relaxation: from Jacuzzi and emotional shower to steam room and sauna, the Spa is one of the glitziest places to hang out in Tirana. As with all good stays, though, what really makes this place special is its people -staff are thoughtful, genuine and always friendly.