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“Not what we were expecting!”
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Hairy Lemon Hostel
Reviewed 14 August 2012

After all the hype about this place we thought it was going to be a great hostel.....what a let down! When we stayed there they had over booked by about 10 people so people were scattered everywhere including kitchen and balconies which made it quite hard to walk around in mornings and also night. Also due to so many people being overbooked the 2 bathrooms were used by 30 people! So you pretty much had to line up for them and no hot water or water pressure ever.

There is also no privacy as people walk through your room all day and night to get to the balcony or bathroom, very weird setup! So the bedrooms are pretty much used as hallways. The owner seemed quite rude and always chocked our door open even though it was obvious everyone was sleeping.

The free breakfast was jst pancakes which would been awesome if they weren't a weird mix of wholemeal, cinnamon and gooeyness. They don't taste anything like normal white fluffy pancakes. Overall the experience here was quite disappointing and I would definitely recommend the other hostel in saranda.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Wow, this place didn't disappoint the second time around. This time they added private car hire tours and the owner drove us to 5 different beaches on the Albanian Rivera for a very cheap price. I cant say enough good things about this place. It's a wonderful hostel, everyone meets up and goes out to dinner together and all the staff go out of their way to socialize you in the hostel. My only complaint, it's not open all year around. Thank you for all the memories and I promise to be back for a third time.

Oh and you can access a swimming pool for 1 euro for all day.
Jon

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Johnnyjappleseed
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Wow - what can I say this place is absolutely amazing.
It attracts the coolest, open-minded and most interesting people from all over the world.
Like most we booked for 2 Nights and ended up staying 7 nights!

Annette and all the staff are wonderful and provide you with a load of information about Saranda and all the surrounding areas. The free Irish Pancakes in the morning are brilliant and when you arrive they give you delicious Irish Baileys aswell.

On our second Night we had a huge beach BBQ with around 25 guests at the hostel, consisting of local seafoods, traditional salads and loads of wines and beers.
2 Nights later we had a traditional Pizza night where we all got together and made pizzas. The place really encourages everyone to get in and get to know each other - absolutely perfect for single travellers.
Resteraunts in Saranda are cheap and of extremely high quality!
Less then 100 meters from the best beach in Saranda too!
This part of Albania is very unique and so far unspoiled!

I can't say enough good things about Hairy Lemon it really was an amazing week and I thank Annette and all her staff!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Devon W
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

Annette opens her home to travellers with a warm Irish welcome and a glass of homemade Baileys. I stayed in May and there weren't many guests (which was good if you don't want to wait for the bathroom). Annette is knowledgeable about the area. The (triple bunk) beds are comfy and the place is very clean. Lots of balcony space for just looking out to sea from. The free pancakes for breakfast were a nice touch (but more toppings would be even better). It's pretty close to the ferry to Corfu and a short walk to the centre of town.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

I had such a good time at Hairy Lemon!!
Actually it's not only a hostel cause it's the flat of an Irish lady who shares her house with guests. The house is at the 8th floor and it's full of light, big windows and a long balcony where you can see the bay.
The owner is so welcoming and she organizes many activities for the guests. When I stayed there, we had a bbq on the beach and we cooked fishes and have night-bath afterwards.
The breakfast is self.made, you can cook crepes and have at your disposal jam, nutella, fruit whatever you want to put inside.

The location is close to the beach but a bit far from the bus station. Anyway you just have to walk.
The city is quite ugly but it's perfect for visiting Butrint and the sea is very clean

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Trickypv
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Reviewed 15 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Ambrine A
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
Thank Marine M
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Additional Information about Hairy Lemon Hostel

Address: E Arberit Street, 8th Floor | Koder, Saranda, Albania
Region: Albania > Vlore County > Saranda
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 82 Speciality Lodging in Saranda
Price Range: £43 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If Heaven were a hostel, Sarandas ‘Hairy Lemon Hostel’ would be it! Our accommodation is set in a modern apartment building, that’s central, Just a few minutes walk and you’re bang, smack in the middle of where its at! Should you need to cool off, we’re just 20 metres from the sea. Tastefully stylish throughout, with a chill-out area to meet everyone and hear tales of …. well, nearly truths! Relax on one of our balconies and make sure the sun goes down! Enjoy the stunning views across the sea to the beautiful island of Corfu to round off a splendid day of adventure. We have the comfiest hand-crafted beds, so gooood… only the smell of freshly brewed coffee could tempt you from your cocoon! All excuses aside, we have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, where you can show off your gastronomical delights! And a barbeque spot, especially for seafood hotties. We’re a small, cosy hostel, perfect to mix and mingle with our friends from around the globe. ... more   less 
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