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Hotel Arxhena
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Brod
Antarctica
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“No other options but it'll do”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a weekend last winter, 2011. Most of it was closed for renovations. There are no other hotels in the area, close to the hiking trails. The room was ok, the menu was limited, and the hiking was excellent.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

I have visited the Hotel Arxhena twice in the past month. You must understand, unless this hotel is your destination, there is absolutely no way that you're just going to stumble on it. Nestled in the high Sharri Mountains on Kosovo's most southern borders with Macedonia and Albania, it is two kilometers beyond the last village on the road (2 kms of rutted gravel road).

Brod is a scenic, more or less "traditional" village that is, in itself, worth a short visit. The Bradt Guide to Kosovo (2nd edition) says that Brod has more horses than cars (small stocky "Albanian Mountain" breed). True - based on m\our observation - and the horses are outnumbered 1,000 to 1 by the sheep and just about matched by the number of large Sharr breed sheep dogs.

The Hotel is a bit of a hodgepodge of architecture placed in a fairly narrow ravine, at the base of what look likes some very interesting rock climbing cliffs. I'm a fly fisherman and am intrigued by the Manager's assurances that there are trout in the small mountain stream that flows beside the hotel back down to Brod. I'll have to wait for Spring to try that though. the hotel aspires to become a ski resort and they say that they are preparing slopes and plan to install a lift in 2012. There's a small rope tow there now, which appears to serve a slope 100 meters long at best - great for sledding. I haven't seen snow there yet, but imagine that given the altitude they get their share. for this reason, I'm not at all sure that the current graveled path will be passable in snow. Even without snow, my low slung sedan bottomed out a few times. This is truly hiking country for the hearty (steep slopes).

The rooms are clean and fairly new, utilitarian in decor. No wifi yet.

The restaurant is decorated with stuffed things and some handicrafts. The food is good, with an emphasis on local (Albanian/Gorani) cuisine - lamb, beef, vegetables. They are very accommodating, willing to try to please you. In the summer, there's a great terrace for open air dining. Local specialities (aside from the lamb) include Sharr cheese (a hard white cheese slightly reminiscent of Romano) and honey produce from mountain meadows.

The staff is friendly and speak English.

One drawback is that there always seems to be some kind of construction going on. Another is, that like much of Kosovo, even in these otherwise pristine mountains, there is a lot of trash in the streams (in the heart of Brod) and along the roads. What a shame.

i have gone twice and will take visiting friend there again - so it's not all that bad. If they can realize their investment dreams it offers a lot promise.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Arxhena
Address: Brod 38400, Kosovo
Region: Kosovo > Brod
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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