Your friends here at hitchhikershandbook very rarely write reviews so when we take the time to put pen to paper in praise of something, you know that it is heartfelt.
We arrived in Tirana without accommodation (as per usual) but with a couple of cheap hostels written in our notebook. We went in search of the closest one, only to be told that the price was almost triple what was advertised on the internet. A bit more searching, a little more fretting and we found an iron back door that opened up on to Trip’n Hostel.
How to get to the hostel:
From the central square of Tirana – Scanderbeg square it takes 7 minutes on foot. Take the road between the mosque and the Opera then at the first crossroad take a left. On the first street on the right, which is Qemal Stafa street, go straight for 300 m that way till you find Lincoln Center (language institute on the right). In front of the language institute there is a tunnel. The first house on the left after this tunnel is Trip’n’Hostel.
The hostel contains 4 dormitories with a maximum capacity of 40 guests and is cheap (10 € a night) which was a major factor for us. The ground floor is dominated by a bar and two outside areas in which to enjoy your dirt cheap beer or coffee. There is a ping-pong table on one side with more of a sitting area on the other. Upstairs are the sleeping areas with three toilet–shower combos that work surprisingly well, with hot water always working. There is no curfew, 24 hour reception, free luggage storage, free Wi-Fi and towels are provided.
These are the basics, but what really makes this hostel great are two factors. One: the atmosphere. we are huge fans of electronic music and the tunes dancing from the speakers were definitely our cup of tea. Low-fi electronica is great at promoting conversations! The second factor were the owners. Gjerji and Erion. Both are well-travelled, likable and funny. I observed them as they integrated with their guests, never pushy but always attentive, talking to everybody as equals, knowing everybody by their first names.
One word of warning. When we arrived we were quite lucky to get a bed as it was nearly fully booked. It is best to book in advance.
If you are Tirana, forget any other hostels and head to Trip’n, you won’t regret it.
Address: Rruga Musa Maci, Tirana, Albania
Price: Big dorm rooms (10/12 bed) 10€, Dorm room (6 beds) 10€, Dorm room (8 beds) 10€, Private room (double bed) 30€
written by: Jon
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