Berat is probably in my top 10 list of most underrated places I’ve ever visited.
Located 70km south of the Albanian capital of Tirana, Berat is the ninth largest city in Albania and located inland.
Having spent several days in Berat and absolutely loving my time there, I want to share the best places to stay in Berat Albania, my favourite hotels in Berat and the best location for staying in Berat as part of your Albania itinerary.
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Where to stay in Berat: the best location
I highly recommend staying in the old town, recognisable from the white Ottoman houses built into the hillside.
Berat is often known as the town of a thousand windows because of these stunning Ottoman houses that surround the castle mount and Berat is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best places to stay in Berat, Albania
Albania is so incredibly cheap and Berat is no exception, you can find amazing places to stay for around £30-40 a night!
My top recommendation
I can’t recommend staying at Guesthouse Arben Elezi enough!
This was an absolutely exceptional place to stay and only cost £33 per night for a superior double room for two adults including breakfast. If you stay in a guest house, Berat is the place to do so because their hospitality and location in the old town is really an all round amazing experience.
Guesthouse Arben Elezi is tucked in the heart of the Old Town, the staff were wonderfully welcoming and so helpful arranging a free parking space for us too.
The room is completely modern with large windows, a modern bathroom, big bed with a flat screen TV.
For me, the highlight was breakfast on the roof terrace.
The food just kept on coming, a combination of traditional Albanian and European continental breakfast dishes. The food was brilliant but the view across the Ottoman houses, the castle on the hill and the river in the valley beyond was the crowning jewel of this incredible experience.
Hotels in Berat city centre
If you’d prefer to stay in Berat’s new city centre rather than the old town, there are a few great options.
Luxury hotels in Berat:
Mid-range budget hotels in Berat:
Olive B&B right by the waterfront is a great budget option at £26-35 per night. Rooms are modern and minimalist and the location makes this an ideal option.
Hotel Republika Berat is on the road linking the old town and the new city centre and the rooms are typical modern hotel rooms with all the necessary amenities you need. Prices start from just £22.
Budget Hostels in Berat
Berat Backpackers Hostel is perfect for those on a budget, with beds from £7 a night! If you’re looking for the best hostels Berat Albania has to offer, this is it! Housed in a stunning 300 year old building in the heart of the historic old town, the original features of the house are just as stunning as the old town outside the door!
If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel or Berat guesthouse rather than a hostel, you need to check out Vila Lili Guesthouse. It’s very similar to my top recommendation of Guesthouse Arben Elezi, but slightly cheaper at around £25 a night. An amazing breakfast is included on the terrace with views of the castle and simple rooms, not as modern as Arben Elezi, but basic and completely functional for such a great price!
I hope this article helps you with planning your trip and your stay in Berat. It is such a beautiful city and planning where to stay in Berat couldn’t be easier thanks to the affordability of the accommodation.
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