Castle Park is a 1.5km steep uphill climb from Berat itself. Pitch black at night and very hot during the day. But certainly walkable for the fit. Taxis are expensive as the road bridge is a little drive away from where you are likely to be.
The hotel has a certain abandoned feel. A large 'castle' building where only the bottom floor seems to be used (as the restaurant). Guests stay in fairly basic chalets outside. They are comfortable and affordable though. Clean, tidy, air con, working shower.
The staff were friendly although there were a few communication errors. Rafting turned out the be swimming down the canyon in a wet suit and helmet. The river was too low. We though we were rafting, the 2 other couples we were with said they were told we were hiking. I suppose our expectations of what we were told sort of met in the middle. Unusual but enjoyable experience.
Restaurant served good enough food, though best to ask what they have rather than go by the menu. Waiters very friendly and helpful. Top guys. Breakfast very edible. Seemed strange that the best tables were often reserved for people who never seemed to turn up though? The very angry Rottweilers round the corner from the tables were slightly unnerving but seemed well chained down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castle Park is truly a beautiful and charming hotel destination. Consider it your perfect “home away from home” as you explore Berat and surrounding areas. According to legend, this is the place where Albanian national hero Skanderbeg brought his love Donika for their first kiss. How fitting that a spectacular hotel has been created here in this beautiful oasis. Here you will see traces of the vast and complex history seamlessly interwoven with every modern convenience you could desire.It is a magical place that has been brought to life through painstaking attention to detail. The owners sought to create a hotel where unforgettable memories could be made, where a quiet place to relax is not difficult to find, and where the desire to return will bring guests back again and again.Perched atop a hill, Castle Park is full of charm and intrigue. It is nestled in the heart of a beautiful forest, and offers truly spectacular views of Tomori Mountain and the city of Berat. Though relatively new, Castle Park is becoming legendary; as castles often do. We have hosted everything from simple parties to elaborate affairs attended by world famous personalities.Castle Park Hotel Restaurant is a hotel where you can live adventure full of emotions and adrenaline. Activities that you may take part in during your stay in Castle Park, include Rafting in the Canyons of Osumi River, horse riding, 4x4 car trips, visits to the beautiful city of Berat, exploring the greater cave in Albania and other fun activities.Come experience all that we have to offer! ... more less
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