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Hostel Mangalem is a small, family-run hostel in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Berat, Albania. The hostel is in the city center and accessible from the main bus station via local bus. The WiFi works well throughout the facility. The hostel is nonsmoking and is relatively clean. This small hostel is just a room in a family home. There are very few facilities although the property is beautiful. The reviewer was the only guest in the hostel, so overall there was a pleasant environment. With multiple guests in the room, the hostel may have felt quite cramped. The family who runs the hostel do everything with love and care. They have many suggestions for local sights to see and places to eat. They prepare an excellent breakfast each morning which is complimentary. Breakfast is served whatever time you prefer and fresh fruit juice is available throughout the day.
The hostel is far from the main bus station, but is located in the center of the town. It takes about 20 minutes to take a city bus from the main bus station to the old town. There are many bars and restaurants within just a few minutes from the hostel; most have incredible views of either side of the Osumi River.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are equipped with a very low power fan. The dorm room is fitted with a shared bathroom, with a toilet and shower. The facilities are old, but functioning. The dorm bunk beds are not very comfortable. Linens and a small hand towel are provided for free. There are not individual power points at each bed or reading lights. The rooms do not have any lockers for valuables. Guests are provided a key to the front door upon request. The rooms are clean.
There is no official reception and the common area is the open-air courtyard with two separate balconies and lots of natural sunlight. From the second floor balcony, there is a wonderful view of the river. The property is very beautiful. There is not a kitchen available for guests to use. There is one washing machine, laundry is an extra fee.
This was a nice place to stay for one night while exploring Berat. The location is ideal.
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Published on 2016-09-06
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Great hostel, really friendly family-run with huge breakfast
Loved this hostel, the family are so nice and friendly and look after you so well. It's in a great location, convenient to all the attractions, and it's in a quirky Ottoman period house!
Age 49 | UK
this was one of the best places ive ever stayed in, and for the price it was a bargain! close to everything, and easy to find, the staff were friendly and the rooms were spacious and had air-conditioning. they also served food which was reasonably priced. everything was clean, in fact, it was perfect!
Location and Contact
Lagja Mangalem (Rruga per Kala), Berat (Berati),
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