Many airport hotels claim they are walking distance from the airport, but are not really. On my most recent business trip to Albania, my team stayed at the Best Western Ark hotel for a few weeks. I did get a rental car and by the time I got to the car and drove to the hotel, my team had already walked to and checked into the hotel. While this convenience was appreciated, the concern about noise from the airport and main roads at the intersection in front of the road did occur to us. However, we were all pleasantly surprised at how quiet the hotel was.
The lobby is open, bright and inviting. The hotel is still fairly new, so all the appointments in the public area look fresh and kept up. The staff are very helpful, warm, worked efficiently checking us all in, and had a very solid understanding of English.
The rooms are fairly large for European standards and on the spacious size compared to comparable American fare. The bathroom is very large spacious, clean and luxurious looking. The tub/shower scenario is a little confusing. The tube is in the shower enclosure. You’ll have to see it to understand. There is also a large glass window from the shower into the rest of the room. It does had a shade if your wife prefers you not staring at her while she showers, but it made me chuckle. Hanging in the bathroom are two nice bathrobes as well. My stay was an extended stay, and I noticed that there was almost zero counter space in the bath. There is a modern looking two faucet/one giant sink vanity that provides little space to put anything. I imagine my wife would have had a complaint or two about it. It proves that sometimes people choose form over function. The shower is something to write home about. Endless hot water with pressure that blasts away the travel funk that grows on bodies when trapped in an aluminum tube for hours on end. It made up for the fact that they have no wash cloths.
The closet is large with plenty of space and hangers to house even the most ridiculous clothes horse. I was able to place all of my folding clothes in one of the four drawers provided. In the other closet space are shelves to hide away whatever else you need. Also included is a room safe.
The room included a couch, two lounge chairs, a desk area and another table. The bed was awesome. The five of us met for breakfast the first morning and talked a few minutes about how well we all slept. Each of us proclaimed regularly that the bed and pillows were perfect. The only complaint I have for the room is a severe lack of outlets for all my electrical devices. I travel with a laptop, two phones, tablet, camera and two external batteries. To charge these, I found one open outlet in the room and one in the bathroom…with no counter space. But, no worries. I knew this is normal, so I travel with an outlet splitter and a powered USB hub.
Breakfast was great. It didn’t vary much from day to day, but most guests only stay two nights, so they wouldn’t care much. Fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs (hard boiled, scrambled and sunny side up), breads, jams, fruit breads, and other sweets. The juice is fresh and coffee delicious. The wait staff is on point with their service. They had the whole team’s preferences memorized by the third morning and had our choice of coffee and fresh fruit juice on the table by the time we filled our plate at the buffet tables.
Dinner at the restaurant was wonderful as well. The wait staff was wonderful at suggesting different items and never steered us wrong. I could suggest items on the menu, but after eating in the restaurant a few times, we discovered al the items we had were quite delicious.
The value for the dollar at this hotel is unmatched in Albania is you are looking for a business center or launching point on a vacation. If you are using it as a staging point for a flight in or out, it is also a perfect choice. less
Ozvalto D, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Ark Hotel, responded to this review
We would like to thank you for having the time to share your overall impression on tripadvisor.com, also we will take the opportunity to thank you for your precious comments about our hotel.
We are very pleased to see that you had a "Very Pleasant" stay with us, comments like yours inspire us to continuously provide our utmost to our valuable guests. We at Best Western Premier Ark Hotel will ensure that we not only meet our guests’ expectations, but we exceed them.
On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to thank you once more and we hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you again in the future.