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Antwerpen, België
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well we stayed in Gjirokaster for three nights and really enjoyed 2 out of our 3 nights of our stay here. Let me summarize the good things and bad things. First the good things: - We stayed in 2 different rooms, the second room we got was room 3, or the pasha room like the owner calls it. If you... More 

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Thank DjangoDjango
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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129 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This 200 year old Ottoman Tower House converted to a 12 room hotel was superb in every way. Our room number 3 at the front of the Hotel had sweeping views of the city and Drino Valley. The room had original wooden ceiling and carvings and it was as though we had stepped back 200 years. The bed was very... More 

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Thank EricaDavid
Brussels, Belgium
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016

If you like Ismail Kadare's novels, this hotel might be your favorite. Traditional building, nicely decorated rooms, a terrace overlooking the town plus a finger licking breakfast that you shall miss desperately.

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Thank WalterUccle
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here 2 nights with our 1 year old child. There were many options for different sized rooms - ours was a little small for the 3 of us, but to be expected for the reasonable price and it appeared to have bigger rooms if you paid a bit more. Location is great - 5 minute downhill walk to... More 

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Thank Curtis L
Oxford, England
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116 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

For me, this hotel was utterly perfect. In a sensitively restored building retaining all the origional features it could. The views were stunning, the breakfast was a delight and the staff kind and very helpful. It is hard to find initially, as it is up a warren of old streets.

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Thank FlowerOxford
San Diego, California
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150 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Fantastic family run small hotel. Structure dates back to 1500's, but hotel is modern. Small city in the mountains of Southern Albania. Tremendous views, sumptuous free breakfast...have it on the second floor patio overlooking the old city. Drago, the owner and staff..are gems. So worth going there. The town is old world charming..

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Thank 91942
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The traditional Ottoman home turned hotel is stunning. The hotel is perched up a short 10min stroll down the cobble stone streets to the old bazaar, a bit of a walk back up after a big dinner but the scenery makes it worthwhile. These reviews are hard as it always depends on what someone is expecting from a hotel, but... More 

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Lovely cool bedroom, beautifully restored Ottoman house - worth a stay to see the architecture, look up at the ceiling and the main staircase. However breakfast was very poor, but it was still worth it to be in such a great building.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Warm and hospitable staff. They where helpful and took interest in making sure we had a good time in their town. Cute and well taken care of garden. Nice traditional breakfast. Perfect home made fig marmalade and the children loved the local pancake. Stunning view over the surroundings. Wonderful interior details in this old house.

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

My wife and I stayed two nights in Hotel Kalemi (the original, a second has been built). It was a major effort finding our way by car up some extraordinary gradients and tight bends to find this traditional house; the signing is not great. We had a very nice big room on the second floor but the room on the... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience the historic Ottoman-era architecture for which Gjirokaster is famous -- stay in a lovingly restored characteristic home, the Hotel Kalemi.Hotel Kalemi is built on a renovated house that is characteristic of Gjirokaster's tradition. From this house you can see the 14th century castle and the rock constructed houses typical of the historic city. This charming guesthouse/hotel features traditional woodwork and carved ceilings inside. The hotel has reliable electricity, central heating and constant hot water. The rooms have traditional design features. All rooms have private bathrooms and television, air-conditioning. Breakfast is included in the price of the rooms. Free WI-fi access.Tourist attractions within the city include an ethnographic museum 160m and the immense fortress 800m, Zekate House 90m, as well as the cobble stoned streets, old bazaar and historic tower homes characteristic of Ottoman-era cities. Other area attractions include two archeological sites (the Illyrian city of Antigonea, and the theater and baths near Sofratike), one of the oldest standing Orthodox churches in the Balkans in the village of Labove, and the fortress of Ali Pasha in nearby Tepelene. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Kalemi

Address: Lagjia "Palorto" | Rruga "Bashkim Kokona 14", Gjirokaster, Albania
Region: Albania > Gjirokaster County > Gjirokaster
Price Range: €24 - €46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Kalemi 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Take room 3, the pasha room”
 of 5 bubbles DjangoDjango, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are great but room 3 is the best one”
 of 5 bubbles EricaDavid, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you want sheer wonder - ask for the matrimonial suite, it is mind blowingly wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles FlowerOxford, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Go for the room on the first floor with the painted ceiling.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnC192, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Room 6 with views”
 of 5 bubbles bmlm, 13 Jun 2016 | Read review
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