Hostel Review: Trip ‘n’ Hostel, Tirana, Albania! A fun hostel in this fascinating city!

We have been travelling for almost 2 months now. During that time we have stayed in so many hostels, a few guest houses and one hotel! Some of them have been amazing….some not so much! So these days when choosing a hostel we have a better trained eye to spot the gems among the duds!

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When we decided to head for Tirana there was only one hostel we had in mind: Trip’n’hostel. With a name like that you know the place is going to be great!

The hostel is only a short walk from the main square but at the same time is in a quiet area with all the trappings of local life going on around you.

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A warm welcome

As soon as we arrived we were warmly greeted by the staff and fellow travellers. It has a really cool vibe going on with several chill out areas throughout the ground floor, both inside and out, that are filled with vintage artefacts and ornaments. It kind of transports you back in time and for nostalgia lovers like us it really feels quite special. Another area we loved to chill out on was the roof terrace, on a warm and sunny Albanian day it was perfect.

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What we really loved about Trip’n’hostel was the details. When you stay in dorms often you know how small things can make or break whether you feel comfortable and safe. Dorm life is great, meeting new people and sharing your stories, but sometimes you need a bit of privacy. Here they really thought of everything. Each bed, even on the top bunks, has curtains. No awkwardness when getting changed or being disturbed when you want a bit of a nap. You can easily let people know you are turning in for the night and have that bit of privacy we all crave when we’ve spent a bit too much time in dorms!

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Other helpful things include having plugs right next to each bed. This means you can charge your phone/camera/etc and keep it next to you at night. For a night owl like me this makes those hours trying to fall asleep that much more enjoyable! Having reading lamps next to your bed too is a great idea. When there are 10 other people in the dorm the main light can be on and off all night without them. I also loved the huge lockers we got. This means you can actually fit both your big pack and valuables from your day pack in there.

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A stand out hostel!

I have to say, out of all the hostels we have stayed in over the years this is one that really stands out amongst the best. They just have everything right.

Breakfast is included in the price, some lovely eggs and coffee in the morning is what you want to wake up to. They also serve it to order whatever time you wake up. So no having to set your alarm to make the most of the free breakfast!

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The staff are also really helpful and friendly too. They helped us to travel on to Berat by explaining the confusing Albanian public transport system to us!! And where did they do that? Sat at the bar IN the hostel too! How many hostels have a bar! But don’t worry either, they don’t let it get too rowdy down here , it’s just a great place to chill out with a couple of beers and get to know your fellow guests and the staff!

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What we loved:

Friendly atmosphere and staff
Vintage decoration
Loads of chill out areas: lounge, garden, roof terrace
Hostel bar!
Curtains on all beds
Lamps and plugs by beds
Balcony in our dorm room!
Huge lockers
Hostel cat!!
Location!
Free Breakfast
Great kitchen

What could have been better:

More cats!
That it wasn’t booked out the day after and we didn’t have to leave!

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Overall

If you happen to be travelling through Albania (which we highly recommend) then make sure you stop by in Trip ‘n’ Hostel and give Erion a heads up that we sent you there! You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and an unforgettable time in Tirana for a great price too!

We can’t wait to share with you our adventures we had in Albania over the next few weeks, it really did take us by surprise! 

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Trip’n’Hostel. As always, all opinions are our own!

Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.
  • Marge Gavan

    Trip’n’hostel looks like a very cool hostel indeed. I’ve tried two hostels already, one in Vietnam and one in Cambodia. I didn’t want to try hostel before because I’m not really comfortable sharing a room with a bunch of strangers but once I got to try it, I’ve come to love it.

    If I ever get to Albania I’d check out Trip’n’hoste. I like the look and the vibe of it.

    • We love hostels and usually always stay in them, this really was a stand out hostel after staying in so many. I am glad you gave them a go and saw that they are not all bad and can actually be really fun! Hope you get to stay here because I am sure it will be amazing for you!

  • I wish more hostels had curtains, it’s nice to be out of the public eye especially when sleeping.

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