Where to stay in Albania
As one would expect, the capital city has the widest range of hotels, with accommodation ranging from the luxury end of the market - the Sheraton (www.starwoodhotels.com) and the Rogner (www.hotel-europapark.com) - through business hotels and cosier, family-run establishments, to budget options including Albania's only Backpacker Hostel (www.tiranahostel.com), in a 19th-century villa a few minutes' walk from the city centre.
Grading: There is a somewhat haphazard grading system, using stars, which does not necessarily correspond to the facilities provided.
Bed and breakfast:
Outside Tirana, accommodation is usually in family-run guest houses or in large, communist-era hotels, most of which have been renovated to at least an acceptable standard. There are top-of-the-range hotels at Saranda, Durrësi, Vlora and at a couple of beach resorts.