After our stay in Kruja with its amazing views we knew the rest of our hotels in Albania had a tough act to follow. While the Hotel Partner in Vlora didn’t make our jaws drop with the views, it was still a fine hotel in its own right.
When we stayed: May 2015 | Rate: approximately $65 for a single room, up to $130 for a suite | Website: Hotel Partner
The Things We Loved
The Hotel Partner is a fairly new hotel and really has everything you could want for a comfortable stay. The rooms were large and included things like toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobe, minibar, satellite TV, and free WiFi. The room we stayed in had twin beds but you can move them together if you’re staying as a couple and want one bed. There was also a desk that would be great if you were staying for business, although it was kind of in an odd place at the end of a little hall where the closet was.
The hotel also has a cocktail lounge and a restaurant where we dined for both dinner and breakfast and both were very good with lots of selection for breakfast.
My favourite part of the room was likely the bathroom because it was so modern and well equipped. And the air conditioner…the AC was spot on and we absolutely didn’t lack in that department for comfort.
The Things We Didn’t Love
Overall this hotel really had all the amenities you’d expect for a standard hotel room but did lack those outstanding and unique features that make you think “I wish we could stay another night!” As a matter of personal preference L and I tend to gravitate towards boutique hotels, B&B’s, or other distinctive places like that so we can experience something a little different and the Hotel Partner just didn’t have those special touches. Also I wasn’t that keen on the decor in the common areas- lots of chrome, black, and red. It was a bit too glitzy and shiny for me.
It also had the oddest wall of windows with drapes hanging from floor to ceiling the whole length of the room but only a few little windows behind them. As the view from our room was a parking lot and the backs of other buildings we just opted to keep the drapes pulled shut. The rooms on the other side of the hotel would have a better view which could likely be requested.
Hotel Partner is located in a great spot in the center of Vlora and when we popped out in the evening for a stroll to find a store we were very happy to find a grocery store so nearby to pick up a few snacks and drinks. We didn’t wander too far but there were lots of people out and about and restaurants in the area if you didn’t want to eat at the hotel.
Odds & Ends
According to their website breakfast is included in the rate so really for about $65 USD you can’t beat the rate. The rooms are easily up to the standards of some hotels I’ve stayed at in the US that were $100 USD or more (and didn’t include breakfast).
Overall I’d give the Hotel Partner a perfectly satisfactory review for a clean, comfortable stay and I certainly wouldn’t tell people not to stay here unless you’re looking for something with a little bit of that “wow” factor because I’m afraid this hotel just doesn’t have it. Now our hotel in Gjirokastra… yeah that had some wow moments and I’ll show you those coming up a few posts from now.
Have you had the opportunity to stay here? Would you recommend it to travellers to the area?
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