Saranda is located in the beautiful Albanian Riviera and is sometimes referred to as a resort town, because of the many hotels and apartment complexes that accommodate tourists visiting the coastal city. This means that there are plenty of incredible hotels and other accommodations for every type of traveler and budget. The amount of choice can also feel a bit overwhelming, so we have selected some of the best hotels in Saranda for different holiday types and budgets.
If you want to really pamper yourself there are several luxury resort-style hotels that have all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday in paradise. These are some of the best luxury hotels in Saranda:
Hotel Butrinti is located on Rruga Butrinti, but very close to the public beach and promenade in the center of Saranda, so you’ll have everything right at your doorstep. The 5-star luxury resort has a seasonal outdoor pool with a pool bar, a restaurant and a spa with hot tubs, saunas, and a fitness center. The hotel has 15 deluxe suites, 18 junior suites, and 54 deluxe rooms, which all have a balcony, most of which look out over the Ionian Sea.
The area around Rruga Butrinti is the most popular among tourists because of the amazing beaches and incredible sea views and sunsets, and Bougainville Bay is right in the heart of it. The hotel itself is a 5-star resort in an artsy-style and has all the amenities you can imagine. Bougainville Bay has a private beach with an outdoor pool, a bar and a restaurant, an indoor pool with a spa and wellness center, a hammam, a fitness studio, and another outdoor infinity pool on the rooftop. Inside the hotel is another restaurant with an amazing sunset view, a traditional bar with live music, a small art gallery, and a souvenir shop.
Bougainville Bay offers luxury hotel rooms, suites, and apartments of different sizes making it perfect for any size of group and for families with children.
Santa Quaranta Premium Resort
Santa Quaranta Premium Resort is located a bit further south on Rruga Butrinti and has one of the largest private beach areas. The 5-star hotel is considered one of the best luxury resorts in Saranda and has an amazing view at the Ionian Sea and is among the best places to watch the sunset. Santa Quaranta offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a bar, a restaurant, a sun terrace and free parking.
The hotel offers rooms of different sizes, including family rooms, which are all modern and equipped with a balcony.
If you like a modern hotel with some luxury, but would rather avoid the crowds of a large resort, a smaller-scale boutique hotel would be your best choice. Luckily you’re not the only one so there are plenty of options in Saranda, and we have selected the best ones in our opinion.
Illyrian Boutique Hotel
The Illyrian Boutique Hotel is located right in the center of Saranda on Mother Tereza Square, only a few steps away from the beachfront promenade and the public beach. The 4-star hotel offers a classy restaurant and a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the city. All rooms in the Illyrian Boutique Hotel are modern and equipped with a balcony.
Glow Boutique Hotel & Suites
Glow Boutique Hotel & Suites is located close to the popular Mango Beach on Rruga Butrinti in the south of Saranda. The modern and stylish 4-star hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a sun deck with loungers. The hotel has a bar, but there are also lots of bars and restaurants nearby. All rooms are modern and comfortable and have a balcony and seating area.
Yacht Premium Hotel
Located right next to the Port of Saranda, the Yacht Premium Hotel is a brand new 4-star luxury hotel with amazing views over the bay of Saranda. The hotel features well-equipped luxury rooms with a balcony, a restaurant, and free parking. The beachfront promenade and public beach are just a few steps away from the hotel.
You don’t have to break the bank for a holiday in Saranda as there are plenty of hotels that offer amazing value for money, without the need to compromise on quality. Here are some of the best mid-range hotels:
Sun N Blue Hotel
You won’t find a better location than the Sun N Blue Hotel, which is located right at the beachfront boulevard in the center and looks out over the marina and bay of Saranda. The decently priced rooms are modern and offer a balcony. The Sun N Blue Hotel offers a breakfast buffet and for more food options you have al the choices of restaurants and bars at your doorstep.
Another hotel which can be found right on the main boulevard is Republika Hotel. The 3-star hotel has decent rooms with a balcony, and its breakfast-room on the top floor offers an amazing sea-view. A grill-restaurant and bar is located on the ground floor, where you can also find a preserved part of the historic city wall.
Oceanic Overview Suites
The Oceanic Overview Suites hotel is located on the beachfront in Kodrra, only 400 meters from the Port of Saranda. The 4-star hotel has a private beach with sun loungers and a restaurant, which makes it perfect for a relaxing holiday on the beach and ideal for kids as well. The rooms are modern and have a balcony.
Apartments & Aparthotels
Renting an apartment instead of going to a hotel is also very popular in Saranda, especially among families and larger groups. An apartment could be cheaper and provide you more space and the ability to cook your own meals and enjoy the sunset from your balcony. There are many individuals who rent out their apartment to tourists during the summer months. We have found a few that you should consider if they are available during your preferred dates.
Casa Noste Apartments
Casa Noste Apartments offer amazing views as the complex is located a bit up the hill on Rruga Butrinti. The clean and modern apartments are airconditioned and equipped with a kitchen, dining table, seating area, wifi, and a balcony so you can retreat into your own place in comfort.
Aquamarine Apartments are clean and comfortable luxury apartments that are very centrally located near the promenade and public beach so you have everything you need at walking distance, including shops, bars and restaurants. Each apartment is airconditioned and equipped with wifi, a kitchen, seating area and a balcony with a garden or mountain view.
The Blue Residence complex is located right next to Zero Zero Beach, so ideal if you like to jump right into the sea when you wake up. The apartments are airconditioned and equipped with wifi, a kitchen, seating area, and a balcony. The area of Kodrra is very up and coming, but less noisy and crowded so ideal for families.
Hotels are relatively cheap in Saranda and you can even get a room in a cheap hotel for as little as 20 euros per night. But if you’re on a real shoestring budget, or you simply want to make friends to socialize with, there are also a few hostels where you can get a bed in a shared room for as little as 10 euros per night.
The owners of the Wallaby Hostel have been inspired during their own travel adventures after which they created their own ‘social hostel’. If you want to meet new people and have a lot of fun, this is definitely the best hostel for you. The hostel has a bar and a rooftop terrace and the crew is often organizing games, karaoke, and other social activities, and after the hostel bar closes the crowd usually continues at The Tunnel Bar which is owned and operated by the same people.
Hostel Hasta La Vista
Another popular and cheap hostel is Hostel Hasta La Vista, which is located in the Kodrra area, not that far from the Port of Saranda.