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Stephen Center
Ranked #16 of 73 Speciality Lodging in Tirana
Reviewed 26 May 2013

Qendra Stefan's is an excellent clean and friendly hotel and a very useful restaurant.
The staff believe in excellent service but It gets busy and the food is freshly prepared so be patient.

The home made ice cream and smoothies are just fabulous and the breakfasts are sustaining.

The rooms are well serviced and very comfortable. Wifi available throughout the building.

We were shown the kindness of God here in the hospitality and the service.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

The restaurant is by far the go-to place for American cuisine. They have hamburgers, smoothies, apple pie etc which taste pretty close to what you'd get in the United States. Of course it's not exactly the same but it's pretty close! They also have Mexican but I wouldn't reccommend it unless you like oily food.

The wait staff are nice and speak English (menus are in English as well). There is no smoking (and it's enforced I believe) and they even have free wifi! It is basically a little piece of America. Of course that includes the prices as well but they aren't too unreasonable...especially for a treat!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Katie H
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

...but we did eat in their restaurant almost every day for a week and did tour their accommodations for future reference. We didn't choose another B&B, we stayed in the home of friends. What we saw; about eight rooms-all were clean, secure and well furnished with modern toilet facilities. We would surely select this as a place to stay if we didn't have nearby friends to stay with.
Why this review? On our first day in Tirana we ate in the Stephen Center Restaurant and found it to be the place to eat in Tirana for a well prepared "western" meal. It's hard to find waffles, pancakes or Eggs Benedict anywhere in European restaurants but the Center has them all and omelets of all sorts as well. This is the place for an authentic hamburger and fries and their array of Mexican and Asian meals is impressive too. Free WiFi and smoke-free too as well as an outdoor terrace when its not too hot; inside is air-conditioned. This is a "have it your way" establishment. If it's on the menu, they'll try to adjust it in any way to make it just right for you. The entire wait staff speaks English very will. No communication problems here although they never quite figured out what a "sunny up" egg was meant to be ;~)
I'll go back repeatedly...

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank czken
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I traveled through Tirana en route to Southern Albania alone last month, and Stephen Center was recommended to me by a British missionary as "clean, safe, and cheap". Since I do not speak Albanian and my flight got in at midnight, I was grateful for the extra service they offer: picking up at the airport.

The rooms are homey and comfortable, have great baths and hair-dryer (particularly appreciated after spending a week at a campground!) :) The Center itself was actually started by a man from my hometown of Worcester, MA. The staff speaks English very well, and are very happy to help you with things like getting a taxi, telling you where to change money, and so forth. The Stephen Center features a very good and inexpensive restaurant (with wireless connection, so I could check e-mail all afternoon), and is located on a round-about in the center of Tirana next to a market and several souvenier shops. All in all, it is a GREAT value and the people are lovely. Not very many rooms, so a reservation through their website is a good idea. I will definitely be back next time I have the pleasure of visiting Albania.

Room Tip: E-mail Josef for a reservation. You pay in cash at the restaurant upon check-out.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

Stephen Center is known primarily for its good American food at its cafe. Next door, they have eight rooms which are furnished with a small table, TV, wardrobe, two twin beds (mattress only - no box springs), and bathroom with shower.

At only 30 euros for a single/40 euros for a double room, it's a bargain. Breakfast is included. Daily laundry service is also available for a reasonable price - I think it was 10 euros for a 6-night stay, and we used the laundry service on four days. While I am used to business hotels such as the Sheraton, I wouldn't pay 180 euros for the Tirana Sheraton. Furthermore, the Stephen Center is in a convenient location to the main roundabout where the Tirana International Hotel is located.

This is not a full-service hotel by any means. But, if you just want a safe and clean place to stay and be near other Americans who hang out at the Stephen Center cafe, this is a good option. If you want full-service, look elsewhere.

My one wish about this place is that at least one of the rooms should be furnished with a queen-size bed for couples who are staying here.

After four trips to Tirana, I keep coming back to the Stephen Center and will on future trips, as well.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Thank scowdrey
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

This is a great value and a good place to start a trip in Albania. The staff is very nice. The breakfast is excellent.There's free Wi-fi. Bathrooms are fine. Rooms clean. The staff speaks English. What more could you ask for? Ignore outdated LP advice. The restaurant now has beer and wine. You don't have to be "Christian'' to stay here. The subject never came up. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank pwiser
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

We stayed in this Qendra Stefan in August 2007 as part of an often rough all-round Balkans trip. This B&B was the nicest surprise during the trip, central, clean and homely. The place is run by Christian missionaries, but they luckily don't try to ram their religion down your throat. The staff is friendly, rooms are new and air-conditioned. The cafe downstairs serves really good American breakfast (you can see all the expats eating here as well) and has free wi-fi. Prices were reasonable too.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rruga Hoxha Tasim, Tirana, Albania
Region: Albania > Tirana County > Tirana
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Ranked #16 of 73 Speciality Lodging in Tirana
Price Range: £43 - £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Stephen Center 3*
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