In the heart of the city of Elbasan you will discover, through this house, a way of life and an Albanian tradition. This house is almost 200 years old and it has been restored partially while keeping the charm of the traditional. It is in a great location for walking, the old town. The house also has a garden with trees and flowers with a terrace to eat breakfast in the open air. The Albanian welcome is guaranteed. Welcome.
“Mariana and Mihal, Evas parents who live in the house, are very welcoming and kind hosts and we were greated with a glass of water and Marianas home made confit oranges. We arrive in therain and they came out to lead us to the main entrance with an umbrella. This was the first real Albanian hospitality everyone keeps talking about. The house is amazing with its little crooked door, trinquets and most lovely garden with three turtles and a tiny baby wandering around, also a little kitty. The breakfast was just a cake and few berries, so we left a little hungry. But it was nice to take it on the terrace under the grape vines, a very charming spot. The location is ideal for exploring the old city, but you should not mind waking up early from dog barking, a rooster and the mosque. All in all we loved staying there and would 100% recommend it. Thank you so much for having us.”
There is also available BBQ area on the back yard.
“I recomend this place. Is family owned, and you feel like home. The area is a little bit remote, but this is what we liked. Walking distance by city-center: 10-15 minutes. Check in and communication really smooth. Heat system worked very well, very spaciuos, and the kitchen have everything. But what we like the most was the ospitality.”
It is in the city center, 5 minutes walk !! Cozy and complete home ..
“I'm getting to know Elbasani fairly well, but I'd never explored this part of town before. Unless you're visiting someone who lives here, you wouldn't need to leave the main road for bars, bakeries, barbers, and the only other business you might find in this neighbourhood is with the Police. I imagine the station was here before the end of Communism, and its derelict watchtowers are a curiosity that will interest some travellers. It's the kind of neighbourhood where people keep quiet, and they notice a stranger quickly. But they're not suspicious, and they respond to a courteous greeting, so practice your Albanian 'good-morning's! Chris wasn't home during my visit, but his mother Aphroditi took admirable care of me. I had to urge restraint. Provisions for breakfast were comprehensive, and the welcome byrek (or three) was much more generous than necessary. Albania always goes that little bit further! The house has an enclosed front yard that gets direct sunshine for a short time early in the day, complete with trees (orange, olive and vine). There's space for breakfast outside or in. Chris' place is generous for one (only its bathroom is compact). Upstairs there's a local family who are courteous and unobtrusive. I slept comfortably, and I ate my fill thanks to Aphroditi ":0). Venturing out to fend for myself, I discovered good bakllava nearby, smart cafes with wifi in the Rinia park, chatty bakers of byreks, and a taciturn but talented barber, the mighty Aldo. As is usual in Elbasani, there was a warm welcome from local eateries and bars everywhere I went. This is a city that's dear to me. My only disappointment was that I didn't find a good cup of coffee all week. And Chris was attentive throughout, available to solve problems and give advice. He's a candidate Superhost, for sure. Of all the great royal houses of Europe, the Royal House of Bardhis isn't the best-known so far, but it deserves attention for its comfort and hospitality.”