Maya Hostel Berat, Berat

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Maya Hostel Berat Reviews

Maya Hostel Berat is a friendly and welcoming addition to the small but decent collection of hostels in Berat. It is new, clean, comfortable, and relaxing -- everything a traveler could wish for.

The Location

Maya Hostel is located in Berat, Albania, in a neighborhood called Gorica across the river from the principal Old Town area of Berat, which is called Mangalem. It is also considered to be part of the Old Town with an impressive collection of historical houses of its own. Actually, both Mangalem and Gorica districts are part of the World Heritage Site under protection. As a historical tidbit for those who are interested, the Gorica neighborhood used to be the non-Muslim area of Berat in the Ottoman times, while the Muslim population resided mainly in Mangalem on the other side of the river. But nowadays there is no such distinction.
The hostel is just just next to the river, with a calming view of the river and of the Mangalem district on the other side.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms in Maya Hostel are distributed on the two upper floors. They have both private rooms and dorms. The dorm has a bathroom inside with a bathtub and toilet. All the dorm beds have a privacy curtain. And the beds are quite comfortable.

Common Spaces

The hostel is actually a three-story house with a nice garden. And the garden is the best part of the hostel in which to hang out. There is a small fountain in the middle of the garden and several sun chairs where you can lay down and enjoy the sun. There are also tables and chairs both outside and inside. The kitchen is on the first floor behind the reception and there small bar next to it. The complimentary buffet breakfast is served here as well and it is very good! You can buy beer and water at the hostel. It is self service, you just write down what you've consumed and pay when you check out.


The owner is a great character who's friendly and easygoing. He would most probably have a drink with you and other guests in the evening and offer you some homemade raki, the local liquor made from plums or grapes. Just remember that it is actually very strong and you would be hard placed to compete with him. This and more all contributes to giving the whole place a very pleasant and welcoming vibe. It's a tranquil oasis in the middle of an already quite calm town.
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Entrance gate
Dorm beds
Bathroom and toilet
Hostel and the relaxing garden
Existenziel Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-11-04

Maya Hostel Berat Reviews from the Web

We just loved our mini stay there. All you can expect from a great hostal. Super clean, big common terrace area, helpful personal, good location. Our room was top notch, cool wooden furniture, with a splendid view from our balcony. Recommended to any budget traveler.


Lovely location, laid back atmosphere, great breakfast. Highly recommended!


Was here for just one night. But the location was great, the bed was so comfy. And a nice clean bathroom in my room. The wine tour organized by the hostel was so much fun. The staff made me feel right at home. It was a great hostel and i would definitely return.


The volunteer staff at this hostel were really great and helped us out with any questions we had. That being said, there was never any hot water for showers, even tho we had our own tank in our bathroom? The location is out of the old town, which affords it great views of the Castle side.


It's hard to find anything to complain about with Maya Hostel. We stayed for two nights (which is perfect for Berat) and it was all just great. It's just a couple of minutes from the center, the beds were good, the dorms had AC, there's privacy curtains on each bed. Bathroom and shower was good. They offered great tours, such as a canyon tour (45) and a wine tasting tour (25) and both were really worth their price. Good atmosphere, the outdoor seating area promoted this. Sold beer. Great.


Amazing location and most accommodating staff. HIGHLY recommend the waterfall and canyon tour. I ended up extending an extra day for this and it was the best decision. Host is really accommodating and garden in front is a chill place to relax.


Just the best place ever. Miri is amazing.


Located in a historic house in the city center, amazing amenities and atmosphere.


Great hostel! Fun & social atmosphere! They organized tours and had a ping pong table! The free breakfast was nice too!


Very good hostel and extremely nice and helpfull staff. You will get very good recommendations from the staff about what to do in the city, where to eat and what to see (p.s. don't miss the winery tour that the hostel organizes!). The hostel is very nice and the spaces are clean and well kept.


Loved my stay here! Really nice social atmosphere. Great staff and super fun canyon tour. The hostel itself is beautiful and clean.


One of the best in Albania. The private room and common areas were clean and organized.

Its near the old bridge and a short walk to the castle and all of the restaurants.

The owner and staff make this place especially great. They are really chill and helpful with everything. It is very cozy, with a good social atmosphere. There is a second, sister hostel which can also be used for hanging out.

Honestly cant think of anything negative about the place.


Quiet but cozy hostel. Great location, comfortable beds with outlets and privacy curtains, friendly and helpful volunteers.


Very nice hostel, all good, I enjoyed my stay!


Nice hostel. Perfect location close to the old town. The hostel has a friendly dog to add it's charm and the whole place was very clean and comfortable


Home away from home. Great place to sociallize... Traveling albania for the 3rd time, We've met many friendly Albanians, the owner Mirri is such a great guy. Location is awesome, clean rooms and cosy, great suflaque near-by. See you again my friend. Cheers Merle and Ken xX


Great hostel, Miri and his parents are wonderful hosts very helpful and friendly


Nice hostel very well located, staff is amazing and the atmosphere too!


One of the best hostels I stayed at!


This is the spot in Berat, thank you for having us



Nestled in a stunning 16th century Ottoman building on the banks of the Osun river, Hostel Maya offers every modern convenience today’s traveller expects. Our guests experience a pleasing balance of quiet, clean rooms with sociable common areas and wonderful unobstructed views of Mangalemi Castle.
We are just 50 meters from arched bridge of Gorica, which links the two neighborhoods of Berat, only a few minutes' walk from Old Town. The striking style of our UNESCO protected building creates an atmosphere unique to Berat. We also think you’ll like our highly rated complimentary breakfast - a great way to start the day!
Our large communal room has comfortable seating and a traditional style bar. Outside, there is a large garden with plenty of seating, a BBQ and a water fountain - perfect for meeting people. We have a communal guest kitchen and organized tours to the canyon and the waterfall. For the more active, we also organize hiking tours.

Maya Hostel Berat Policies & Conditions:

Check in from 13:00 to midnight.
Check out before 11:00

Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival.
Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. This property might pre-authorize your credit card.

Taxes included.
Breakfast included.

Reception time 07:00 to 00:00.
No curfew.
Pet friendly.
Non smoking.
The maximum period of stay is of 200 days.

Location and Contact


• The bus terminal in Berat is approximately 1.5km from the center of town. Most of the time buses arrive and depart from the new terminal. But every once and awhile buses do arrive in the center. Whatever the case, here are the directions.
• From the BUS TERMINAL, cross the street and get on the blue and white city bus (30 lek) that goes into town. They only run one route, so you should have no problems.
• GET OFF the bus on the 5th stop, go back down the hill towards the Suspension Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right walking past ANTIGONI RESTAURANT, for about 4 minutes. We are directly in front of the river, and have a large Red & Black Albanian flag flying outsite our property. If the bus does go into town, ask anyone for Gorica and follow the directions above after crossing the suspension bridge.
• ASK the taxi driver to take you to Gorica, “Hostel Maya” (If the driver is unsure have him call 067 519 9166)
• If you get lost, ask anyone for Hostel Maya in Gorica.



Address: Rruga Kristaq Tutulani, 50m nga Ura e Gorices, Berat (Berati), Berat, Albania

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Phone Number: + 355 675 199 166
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Currency Exchange

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


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