Posted: October 4 2019
In September I was backpacking in Albania. This is my review of the Sombra Hostel in Tirana, Albania
The Sombra Hostel is in a very quiet area of Tirana and just a 5 minutes walk from Skanderbeg Square.
Sombra Hostel sign. Everyone agreed that they should hang it up!
A bit of drama on arrival into Albania. A massive storm over the city meant that we were forced to circle for about 90 minutes. The rain was lashing down so I opted to stay my first night near the airport. I messaged the owner. He was cool. So in the morning I headed down town on the Luna Travel Shuttle Bus and tucked into this much appreciated breakfast even though I hadn't stayed the night.
Breakfast at the Sombra Hostel and then I went exploring Tirana
Large outside seating area at the Sombra Hostel
Inside kitchen/dining area at the Sombra Hostel in Tirana
I love finding maps of the country on the wall in any place I go to
I stayed in one of the 6 bed dorms. There is a socket by each bed. And lockers.
One of the other dorm rooms. Sturdy bunk beds, comfortable mattresses.
Bathroom and laundry facilities at Sombra Hostel in Tirana.
One of the awesome volunteers at the Sombra Hostel. Franz and his crew keep the place spotless. He speaks perfect English having lived there for some years and Spanish which he learnt funnily enough in England
The Sombra Hostel is just 5 minutes away from the Skanderbeg Square, which is where the 2x daily walking tour starts from. I went with Steffan, Alexis and 2 others. The tour was very very good. And after we went for a coffee and some Rakia, to round off a great morning.
There will be a separate post on Backpacking in Tirana coming soon. Just a couple of teaser photos below from Tirana.
Thanks for getting this far down. Please note that this review is based on my stay in late September 2019. I am not being paid to write nice things. I write reviews cos the owner has gone out of his way to make a great place for travellers to stay.
March 2021. The owner is buying a new property so stay tuned!
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