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“Good location but let down by quality of room”

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Grand Hotel & Spa Tirana
Ranked #42 of 93 Hotels in Tirana
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Spent 2 days in Tirana staying at Grand Hotel. The location is excellent based in center of town near to the restaurants and bars.
The hotel was dated I would assume from the old regime and not much has been updated since. The lift was tiny, don't try to fit two people and luggage in there.
The room, was a decent size and the shower very good. But the noise from the street made sleeping difficult.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

I was in a room at the front of the hotel and it was small. To open the door you needed a key and the normal magnectic door card was broken. Safe in the room was not working and only two hangers in the wardrobe, one of which was broken. On the plus side the hotel is in the city center and close to bars and resturants.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

I recently organized 3 training sessions at this hotel for 20 participants.

The room is as good as any others and the hotel equipment is modern and adequate for group training.

The great success with this hotel is the flexibility of the Hotel Manager and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. This place really will bend over backwards to make sure they cater to your needs.

The buffet breakfast is nice and plentiful, usual Balkans mixture of hot breakfast, cold cuts and cornflakes. The Buffet lunch we requested as part of the conference deal was very nice, a good mixture of hot food , soups and salad. we had a relatively large group and no complaints with reference the food.

The accommodation is comfortable, clean and tasteful. The Rooms are not 5 star , but the price per night is value for money and the location of the hotel in the 'block' area makes it one of the best positioned in Tirana.

Overall a good experience, the willingness of the staff is a revelation for Tirana in comparison to the Sheridan and Rogner attitude problems.

I hope they keep up the good work with the renovations and modernization of the gym and spa.

Room Tip: Rooms to the rear can be noisy during the day , the best option is to stay above 1st floor and on th...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

I was first put in a room looking the back of the hotel: the floor had some strange heating from below (not coming from the hotel, I was said at reception) so it was very hot, and I had to turn on air conditioning (I hate sleeping with air conditioning) in October! the window, also, was looking at a gas station with car cleaning, very noisy at morning 'till evening. I was finally changed the room, but I must say that furniture in both rooms was very poor, old and cheap, bathroom with old shower, dirty carpet on the floor. Breakfast was horrible (I had to ask twice to stff for orange juice as it was finished, and they were talking without caring the customers). The positive point was free wi-fi internet at good speed.
I really do not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Hotel is located in down town Tirana,new,very clean.Breakfast was excellent and we really like it

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

liked
location, many bars etc nearby ,
free reliable decent speed internet 24hrs,
clean rooms,
the thing i appreciated most was very friendly helpful staff (helped arrange me to be picked up from montenegro by taxi which i could not otherwise have arranged) amongst other things

dislikes
contrary to what they say on internet there is no fitness centre, don't waste time carrying your sports gear there which i did,
same goes for swimming pool, it s basically a small pond in a garage like building next door to hotel,
due to it being surrounded by bars etc it can be very noisy in rooms both in front and at the back of hotel so dont bank on a nights sleep
work space in room is a 50cm by 50cm table and in room lighting is poor so it cant really claim to be a business hotel you wont be able to work in the room in evenings

overall was left with a positive impression of the place (in the unlikely event i went to tirana for pleasure or a stag do or something i would use) it just that its not really fit for a business hotel

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 22, 2009

Four star, well...by Albanian standards: and Grand is pushing it a bit but a nice little (31 rooms) and very central hotel, in the Biloku area once reserved for Hoxha and his cronies. Friendly staff, scores of bars and cafes in the neighbourhood. Rooms decent size, clean, multichannel TV with many foreign channels, minibar, WiFi. Showers not tubs.Breakfast (squeeze your own oranges) would be fine if they could use hot, rather than tepid, water for tea. Hot water in rooms a bit hit and miss. Single lift can make for long waits. Not especially cheap, though.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel & Spa Tirana

Address: Ismail Qemali St., 11, Tirana 1000, Albania
Location: Albania > Tirana County > Tirana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Tirana
#25 Luxury Hotel in Tirana
Price Range: $123 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel & Spa Tirana 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2001, the four-star Hotel is located in the heart of Tirana, inside the "Bllok" area, just a few meters distance walking from the main boulevard, the Presidential Palace, the major embassies and all major foreign organizations' headquarters. There is no place quite like it, and experience cannot be duplicated. The ideal hotel for business traveler. ... more   less 
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