Epirus was a nice surprise, but getting there can be scary, with streets full of pebbles, no lighting and a lot of trash just outside of it with dogs and cows eating the garbage (the dogs' barking can be noisy at night). However the hotel itself is a haven of tranquillity, with a lovely private beach, 2 bars, a nice restaurant with a terrace and a very friendly staff, which is mostly one single family who runs the business. The restaurant had very few choices among the ones indicated on the menu, but the food was amazing and fresh..just overpriced, because it was more expensive than any other restaurant where we ate in town (even Limani or Mare Nostrum, which are the best ones according to me), but still cheap compared to European standards. The room is comfortable, white-sheeted and the bed firm. They change towels daily, which is nice but they don't know how to clean throroughly or make the bed and throw your pajamas where they like. The shower has a curtain but still after taking a shower water is almost everywhere, but I think it's common in this area. Buffet breakfast has a lot of choices and is fresh, included in the price of the room which is very low. There were no cakes or croissants but still, there were many choices for healthy and yummy food.
Once, during our stay, it rained and our room got flooded within half hour. They threw towels on the ground and wanted to fix the problem, offering us to change room for one night and then go back there, but who wants to move room twice in two days? it's too much of a hassle moving two suitcases of stuff, so we declined. They told us we'd have to wait 30 mins then, so they could fix it, and offered to wait at the bar and have a coffee. But noone was at the bar (no staff, no waiters) and noone got us any coffee during the wait. Another thing worth mentioning is that in room 107, the door doesnt touch the floor. there are at least 2 or 3 centimeters so you can hear everything going on in the halls and others can hear you, too. Fixing the door could be a good solution. Except for these incovenients, our stay was very nice, even if not all of the stuff could speak English. But with Greek and Italian and gestures and a lot of kindness, we were always understood. we felt safe also during the walk to the hotel, which is a bit more than 1 km from the town centre, but it wasn't that bad. and taxis are cheap there, too.
The hotel also has wifi that works and two bars or while lounging on the chairs of their private beach, waiters will bring you anything you want right under your umbrella. Our room also had a nice small balcony, where we could dry our towels or play cards and the hotel is surrounded by green, other beaches and we could relax in total freedom.
definitely cheap for the money we paid.. if they fixed the water/shower/door in the room, I would have given them waaay more credits, but we can't complain as for that price, we weren't even expecting to find hot water :)
Albania is amazing and its people are friendly, Saranda is worth a visit!
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