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Mare Bed & Breakfast Hotel
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Mare Bed & Breakfast Hotel
Ranked #4 of 39 Himare B&B and Inns
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“Very clean and comfortable”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Very clean and comfortable hotel. The owners don't speak English, and we don't speak Albanian, but we managed just fine. It is right on the beach, although it's not a beach I'd rate highly. Due to a river outlet nearby, the water here is freezing (far too cold for us to enjoy swimming in) and whilst the water is a beautiful color and lovely to look at, the beach itself was quite ugly. We had a car so explored other beaches nearby.
Despite the name, breakfast is not included in the rate. We did pay to have it, but whilst it was convenient, it wasn't worth the four euros each (hard boiled eggs, fruit mixed in youghart, squash/juice, bad coffee, basic cereal, uninspiring bread, cheese, questionable looking sausage, and quite nice cake). We found a cafe just down the road, on the beach, which made a great cup of coffee.
One can park at the hotel (inside the gates) but this is an extra charge as well.
We paid for a sea view room on the second floor, and it was well worth it. The other rooms located on the backside of the building have a roadside view which is fairly depressing. Our room was very clean and comfortable, but quite basic. It did have a small fridge which was an added bonus, and all rooms have balconies with chairs and a table.
In general, the locals were very welcoming and helpful, and we felt extremely safe during our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Location of the hotel are very near the sea. We had a nice room with Sea view on second floor, for us it's well worth the extra euro's for the Sea view and nice sunset. It's a couple of restaurant's only some 100-meters from the hotel. To walk into the town Himara are an easy slow walk on the pedestrian promenad, time approx 15 minutes. We did this a couple of times during our 5 days stay in June 2013. The small beach at the hotel are nice. We took some walking tours from the hotel and enjoyed an Albanien beer at a beach pub. Finally the hostess are very friendly and helped us with all we asked for. The nice breakfast served with the nice Sea view. If we go back to Himara we would choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights in this lovely B &B. We booked in advance. This was our first stop in Albania, charming couple, can not speak english but we communicated well without language. Secure parking but we used local transport!
We paued extra for an Albanian breakfast.
Would definitely recomend the rooms on the sea front, and enjoying the private beach!
We had a fantastick time in Albania.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The B&B title of the hotel would suggest that breakfast is served, but not during our 2 night stay. The off street secure parking was also not available. We booked a seaview 'triple' room at extra cost on the presumption that this would offer extra space, but it just means an extra bed is crammed into the smallish room. The room and bathroom are modern, but heavy rain during our stay came in through the bathroom ceiling. We booked through Expedia by credit card, but the owners insisted on cash. Also they don't speak English.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Northampton England
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

A basic B&B offering clean rooms right on the beachfront. VIew of the beach is what makes it worth it - don't get one roadside. 40 Euro's per night seems okay, but I've had better value in Albania. Good comprehensive breakfast served on the balcony of your room. Balcony is a great place to seat, with just the fact that after a while I realised I had a rat for company putting me off it a bit. Himara itself is a bit 'wild west'....found nicer places along the coast.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

delicious breakfast, warm welcome from the owners, very clean rooms and surroundings, nice private beach. Highly recommended if you are looking for relaxing holiday. We will return next year for sure!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This hotel was the gamble during our trip through Albania but wat a good gamble it turned out to be. The hotel is in a nice location just outside of central Himara. The hotel has a small wonderfull private beach just between two of the major beaches in Himara. When we arrived (end of the season) there were only 2 rooms occupied. There was no staff at our arrival but we called the owner ? and his father arrived within 5 min. The rooms are small but clean, with nice moderen decoration. The bed is a bit small 1.40x 2.00. So if you need space if you are with 2 persons i suggest to book a room for 3/4 persons. The balcony is very nice. The bathroom is very small but everything functions properly. The internet is the fastest we had in Albania. The parents ? of the owner really made this stay special. They did not speak much English but made up for it by charm and service. They gave us sweets, water, homemade cake for 3 and were generally very pleasant. Himara is a nice little town with pretty beaches, good restaurants and a nice boulevard. ps although we are a gay couple which Albania is not very used to at this moment in time, we were treated very friendly and respectfull.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mare Bed & Breakfast Hotel
Address: National Road Himara-Sarande, 1 km | Potami Beach, Himare, Albania
Location: Albania > Vlore County > Himare
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Ranked #4 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Himare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mare Bed & Breakfast Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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