Review: Tirana Marriott, Albania | Marriott Bonvoy

Hotel Tirana Marriott
Country Albania
City Tirana
Room Type Suite
Loyalty Program Status Titanium Elite
Points Per Night 15 000

Tirana Marriott
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To the point We decided to explore Albania, a little-known tourist destination. With only five days available during the school vacations, we set our base camp at the Tirana Marriott Hotel, favoring day trips.

Opening on March 6, 2023, the Tirana Marriott Hotel is the first Marriott hotel to open in the Balkans. It’s clear that the Marriott Group wanted to make its mark, in terms of location, impressive design, and the quality (if not luxury) of the services on offer.


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Tirana Marriott - Location

Just a 30-minute drive from Tirana-Mère-Teresa International Airport, this five-star establishment is a focal point in the heart of Albania’s capital.

Nestled in the spectacular mountains of the country’s central region, this vibrant city, born in 1614, has lived through centuries of tumultuous history. From its emergence as an Ottoman trading center to its crucial role in the struggle for independence in the early 20th century, Tirana bears witness to the many milestones that have shaped Albanian identity. Its modern development, which began after the Second World War, has given rise to a dynamic metropolis combining colourful architecture, cultural heritage and urban dynamism. Today, Tirana embodies Albania’s renaissance, offering visitors a unique blend of tradition and modernity.


The location of the Tirana Marriott Hotel is exceptional, as the main historical and cultural sites, if not government and international institutions, are within walking distance, making it a popular spot for tourists and diplomatic representatives alike.


On the day we arrived, an important conference on security in the Balkans was drawing to a close. During the conference, all diplomats stayed at the Tirana Marriott Hotel, including the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Tirana Marriott - Architecture

Designed by the Italian firm Archea Associati, under the direction of architect Marco Casamonti, the complex comprising stadium, hotel, stores and other services is a dazzling example of contemporary architecture. Completed three (3) years after the soccer stadium, when it was inaugurated, the Tirana Marriott Hotel was the tallest skyscraper in the Albanian capital, its tower rising to 112 meters.


Its design features clean lines and bold geometric shapes that create a modern, elegant aesthetic. The complex’s exterior cladding is characterized by a textural façade in which glass plays a central role, reflecting natural light and giving an impression of transparency and openness. Particular attention has been paid to the hotel’s exterior night lighting, while subtle lighting effects highlight the architectural features and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, inviting visitors to discover the hotel’s beauty even after the sun has set.

The hotel blends harmoniously into the complex, offering spectacular panoramic views from some rooms and common areas. This proximity to the stadium adds a unique dimension to the guest experience, allowing them to enjoy exciting sporting events while staying in luxury surroundings.

Arena Kombëtare (or Air Albania Stadium) is the stadium of the Albanian Football Federation. It was inaugurated on November 17, 2019, during a Euro 2020 qualifier between Albania and France.


The overall style of the Tirana Marriott is imbued with understated sophistication, with high-quality materials and meticulous finishes. Attention to detail is evident in the subtle architectural elements that add character and refinement to the overall structure.

The heritage and architecture lover in me fell under the spell, as theTirana Marriott Hotel is much more than just a place to stay; it’s an immersive architectural experience that skilfully blends contemporary design and luxurious comfort, creating an elegant refuge in the heart of Albania’s bustling capital.

Tirana Marriott - Layout

Spread over 24 floors, the hotel has 155 rooms (including 24 suites), with panoramic views from every room.


The range of services is rounded off by a restaurant, a gym (with a sauna and steam bath in each of the men’s and women’s changing rooms), conference and event rooms, and underground parking under the soccer stadium.

Despite the luxury of the premises, the atmosphere, like the dress code, is relaxed, favouring the cohabitation of leisure and business visitors.

Please note that check-in starts at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.

Tirana Marriott - Room Options

  • Deluxe room, 1 King bed, city view
  • Deluxe room, 2 twin beds, city view
  • Club Room, 1 King bed, city view, M Club access
  • Club Room, 2 twin beds, city view, M Club access
  • Junior Suite, 1 King bed, city view, M Club access
  • Executive Suite, 1 King bed, city view, M Club access
  • Premier Suite, 1 King bed, city view, M Club access

Tirana Marriott - Ecological Footprint

During our stay, we noticed that this establishment has implemented many sustainable practices such as :

  • Providing recycling bins
  • Limiting single-use products, namely shampoos, conditioners and shower gels.
  • The possibility of using towels and sheets over several days
  • Water-saving toilets and showers
  • Combating food waste
  • Local products featured in the morning buffet and meals served in the Terra and Club M restaurants
  • Etc.

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Tirana Marriott - Overall Impression of Our Experience

Application of Our Status Privileges

As I have Titanium Elite status, the day before our arrival I took care to communicate with the hotel by chat via the Marriott Bonvoy application on my cell phone. During the exchange, the person at reception told me about the hotel’s advantages in general (as I always start by asking) and then informed me that we were eligible for a suite upgrade, to be validated on arrival. She also confirmed that breakfast would be included.

For this booking, I used my points, as I wanted to take advantage of the 5th night free, offered for all bookings of four nights using points. With a reservation cost of 76,000 points for 4 nights, spread over 5 nights, this averages to a cost of 15,000 points per night, which is very lucrative for a hotel of this range, located right in the heart of Tirana.

Our Room

Right from the entrance, we were delighted by the division of space, separating the living room from the bedroom.

The living room was well thought out, with a credenza for a laptop, a bar area with a good-sized mini-fridge and even a cabinet (which could hold crockery/cutlery, if we so requested), a round table with 4 chairs and a lounge area with a very comfortable sofa and huge TV.

As we were travelling with our 2 boys, the staff had taken care to install 2 extra beds (at a cost of 100 euros for the stay), transforming this section of our suite into a huge bedroom.

The corridor leading to the entrance to the suite, and then to our bedroom, featured a small, well-thought-out shower room. This was much appreciated, as the children didn’t have to come into our room when they had to use the facilities.

With almost every wall fenestrated, the bedroom was simply spectacular, and the view alone delighted us from the moment we arrived. Despite the large windows, great care was taken to ensure that visitors slept well, with opaque drapes even in the suite’s living room; this enabled us to have “parents’ late mornings” until 8-8:30am!

The room had a well-thought-out layout, with areas for rest, relaxation or work. The huge bed was extremely comfortable, as was the well-integrated bench seat. The workspace had all the sockets needed to power our laptop, which was cleverly hidden when not in use.

With Titanium status, a tray of chocolate truffles was waiting for us on arrival, along with small treats for the boys.

The bathroom was more than luxurious, with a huge shower (rain shower head and ceiling light), a toilet/bidet, and a spacious countertop. We were provided with high-quality towels, as well as bathrobes for those wishing to take advantage of the sauna or steam bath in the gym’s bathrooms (which we didn’t have time to do). Even from the bathroom, it was possible to get lost in the view of the mountains surrounding Tirana!

The aesthetics of the suite were most pleasing, with its soft, neutral tones, the marriage of materials and textures of wood, marble and granite, and modern luxury, all without stealing the limelight from the glass walls that give way to the spectacular view of Albania’s capital.

Restaurant Terra and Club M

Restaurant Terra offers a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary traditions, with examples of traditional Albanian cuisine. The menu offers a selection of plates to share, from dips and crudités to charcuterie, fish and meat dishes.

This is where the magnificent morning buffet was served, featuring the usual continental breakfast (pancakes, waffles, potato cassolettes, bacon, etc.). This was complemented by a generous refrigerated bar offering salads, cold meats, yogurt and fruit, including pomegranates, which delighted the children. Every morning, a large counter was stocked with various cereals and mueslis, breads of all kinds, and delicious pastries, including a pistachio loaf that we would have eaten endlessly. All this was enhanced by the attentive service of the staff, who quickly noted the children’s preferences and showered us with their thoughtful attentions, whether by bringing them a delicious (if not gourmet) hot chocolate or a freshly squeezed orange juice, leaving us free to enjoy the quality of the premises.

The Tirana Marriott hotel is also home to Albania’s first M Club. Open 24 hours a day, the space is ideal for relaxing or holding an informal business meeting. It offers a complimentary breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, an aperitif dinner between 6 pm and 8 pm, and cocktails in the evening. The M Club is open to Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members, and guests staying on executive floors.

Other Services

The multifunctional event center offers 1,900 m² of meeting space equipped with the latest technology, including nine (9) meeting rooms and a ballroom seating up to 400 people.

During our stay, an important conference on security in the Balkans was drawing to a close, so we could not visit the site.

Our Recommendation

We fell in love with this little-known destination and the whole family was disappointed not to be able to extend our stay.

The location, the quality of the service, but above all the staff made these 5 days memorable… and I still miss the breathtaking view of the mountains from our room as I write these words.

Let me know if you decide to stay there soon, so we can compare notes!

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Marie-Claude Ravary
As a former couchsurfer/backpacker, for Marie-Claude travel is all about discovering the Other, that is to say, the human being, the culture & architecture, the landscapes, and the arts of the table. It is precisely the possibility to work from anywhere in the world that attracted her to Milesopedia, where she joined the team in April 2022. Now settled in her husband's native Normandy, with their 2 children, she takes advantage of every moment to discover her new homeland.

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