Ksamil is a pretty seaside town in Albania located just across the water from Greece’s Corfu island. This absolutely stunning place is also very convenient when it comes to accommodation.
If you’re used to Greece’s great prices when it comes to your Summer vacation, then Albania can be an even more convenient choice (and that’s already saying a lot!).
In fact, the price of an Albanian beach escape will blow your mind. In the area, you can also visit the gorgeous Sarande. Instead, if you’re all for a beach vacation with a side of culture, you can also check the Roman city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a short bus ride away.
So, if Ksamil is the next place you’re going to visit when in Europe, then check these places to stay!
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Gorgeous Hotels in Ksamil
This list of great hotels in Ksamil is divided according to the price for a one-night stay. This way you’ll be able to discover which is the most convenient place to stay according to your budget and taking into account the most remarkable characteristics of each hotel. Take a look!
Budget Hotels in Ksamil
($50 a Night and Under)
In no particular order, these are the hotels we recommend in Ksamil if you can’t assign a big part of your budget to accommodation.
Jasmina Soni Apartments
This is probably the most affordable pet-friendly accommodation you can get at the heart of Ksamil and it has most of the needed features you will require for a comfortable stay.
One night will only cost about $16 in a double room with a balcony that has terrific views of the picturesque rolling hills. For that very low amount, you already have a private bathroom complete with all the amenities – just a reminder that towels and linens are for an extra, you won’t pay much, so you can still pack lightly.
Considering the very budget-friendly prices, you get huge rooms and you really can’t find a reason to complain. Not as stylish as boutique hotels, but everything is decent and the level of comfort and functionality has been considered.
The property is a few kilometers from the beach, so it’s a good idea to rent a car for you to conveniently travel to different locations. If you don’t plan to rent a car, don’t worry, the hotel is only within walking distance from the bus station.
Guests can enjoy free parking too! plus, there’s free parking for guests!
The units feature their own kitchenette and dining area, and shopping for groceries in the several markets nearby for fresh goods will be even more helpful to your budget!
This beautiful property is very close to 4 different beaches along the Albanian Riviera. The property has a beautiful garden with sun loungers and umbrellas. They combine both a traditional style with modern functional furniture.
The entrance to the property will make you feel like royalty with its castle-inspired gate. The rooms are simple but fully equipped with features you will need for your stay and more.
Each room has its own private bathroom and the beds are huge with comfortable quilted headboards. There’s also a touch of antique furniture and pieces of artwork hung on the walls to complete a classic homey feel.
You can also step out to breathe in some fresh air on the balcony – which is available for all rooms! A large group of travelers (maximum of 6 people) can get their 3-bedroom apartment and pay only $44 per night – that is such a steal!
So far, guests have loved the service, the location and the property itself so be sure to hurry up if you see it available!
If you are looking for accommodation that is so close (it’s actually inside) to the Butrint National Park, then Hotel Livia is a good choice that’s still within the budget.
Not only does it have a very stylish exterior, but its interiors are also very well decorated. The hotel itself is built in stone and wood and executed in the style of traditional Albanian houses. There are lovely outdoors with shady trees and plenty of coffee tables.
The entire property is also very exclusive so you won’t have any problems with random outsiders – it has fences and a gate to keep everything safe and secure.
You will love that they have good choices for rooms, but it is best suited for couples who want mid-range features at a fraction of the cost. Their double rooms are only $17 and the suite rooms are only $34.
The rooms have either a terrace or a balcony where you can see popular landmarks and enjoy a garden view. Light, warm colors are used as the basis for the room’s theme; combined with wooden furniture to give it a cozy vibe. The rooms are fully furnished and you also have an area next to the bed that can function as a work desk or as a mini-boudoir so you can prep yourself for the evening!
Hotel Sunway is a high and modern white building that offers fairly priced accommodation, especially for those who wish to experience camping in the nearby areas. Make sure to book the property in advance if it is something that fits your preferences and needs, last-minute booking is not possible because a lot of people love this small hotel.
Every morning, the owner’s mother prepares a hearty breakfast buffet for their guests – a mother’s love truly makes the dishes taste better!
The prices are in the upper budget range, but if you’re getting mid-range amenities and features, then this is already a good choice! All rooms have a balcony with iron-glazed coffee tables and chairs, perfect for a nice morning coffee or tea.
The entire hotel features modern design and architecture which is also evident in the rooms. The beds are extremely comfortable and you can just hop in and sleep soundly.
There are tiled floors and walls inside the ensuite bathrooms and a glass wall separates the shower area from the toilet to avoid a damp mess after you bathe. Guests who have rented or brought their cars may park freely at their garage.
Mid-Range Hotels in Ksamil
($50-$100 a Night)
Check this mid-range accommodation in Ksamil if you manage to stretch your budget a bit more…
A newly opened hotel is something that most people love. Why? Because most of the facilities aren’t dated and you are sure that everything is working just perfectly. Hotel Piramida fits that description because it opened only a few years ago.
The hotel features a private pool (with a pool bar) in the garden, which is something quite hard to find since beaches are already extremely affordable and beautiful in the area. It has a total of 17 rooms ranging from double to triple or quadruple rooms.
An energizing continental breakfast is included in your stay is available in the morning, but there are also markets only 2 minutes by foot if would rather have a different choice.
The rooms have a minimal flair, some of them with a tiny splash of color, but not too much, with a basic palette in black, white, and gray. All of the rooms have a private balcony with a table and chairs.
Hotel Esmerald Ksamil
Hotel Esmerald Ksamil is a family-run hotel where you can get a really good view of the islands and the emerald-colored sea (which was the perfect color to add to the hotel’s name) from your balcony.
The building stands out from the neighborhood due to its white color and modern style. While there are many other nearby beaches to explore, there is a private area of the beach dedicated to the hotel where you can rent loungers for a small price. Sometimes, parties are even held here, and you won’t have to worry about the noise reaching your room.
Their studio rooms have either garden or sea view. They’re also fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, A/C, heating, strong WiFi, a dining table, and a refrigerator. There’s not much to expect in terms of style, but they’re simple and comfortable.
The ensuite bathroom is spotlessly clean and it has tiled walls and floors plus an enclosed shower. Parking is also free and it is located underground, so you are sure that your car will be safe.
Heksamil is another top contender for a modern hotel with a private pool in Ksamil. They offer multiple room types have one of the best customer services you can think of! The pool area also features loungers, hammocks, and inflatables for kids (year-round!)
Balconies give all guests a sweeping view of either the sea, the garden, or the town.
The rooms have a modern functional style with tiled floors and wooden furniture to complete its polished simple aesthetics. They’re fully equipped with features like A/C, flat-screen TV, washing machine, and fridge.
The private bathrooms are decorated in shades of blue, making them look relaxing. Parking on-site is free and you can also charge your electric vehicles here.
Poda Beach Hotel
Poda Beach Hotel is another mid-range beachfront hotel with a pool near the heart of Ksamil, which you can recognize by the entrance resembling a Greek temple. There’s a landscaped garden with an assortment of plants and trees to give you shade and a fresh ambiance – making it a small oasis by the beach. They offer rooms perfect for couples and even for a honeymoon.
All of the rooms (doubles and suites) are soundproof. Due to its perfect beachside location, most of the rooms feature a balcony or a terrace facing the sea. If you want a private spa bath in your room, you may opt for the bigger rooms or suites.
The beds are extra wide to keep you sleeping soundly after all the tiring and fun activities you can do nearby. The private bathroom also has all the amenities and toiletries that you need for a refreshing shower.
Poda Beach Hotel serves a continental breakfast with a good selection of bread, jams, and other delicacies to pair with a cup of hot coffee. Just in case you want to check their a la carte offerings, you may visit their café and restaurant, or you can check their bars for drinks.
The beach area of the hotel has sunbeds and umbrellas (maybe a lot) and a gorgeous beach bar!
Luxury Hotels in Ksamil
($110+ a Night)
These beautiful hotels are there for you to splurge and indulge during your Ksamil stay, discover the best ones down here…
King Hotel Ksamil
With a bright light and a crown logo visible even at night, King Hotel Ksamil stands out from beachfront luxury choices with tons of features and amenities. They have suites and rooms for families, couples, and even solo travelers. Most of the rooms open to a balcony with a view of the sea or a terrace, while some have huge windows that give you the same view.
You can also get your breakfast at the hotel for only $6.
The rooms have a simple and minimal style and you can really see how clean and well-maintained their facilities are. The private bathrooms are very luxurious because of the tiled walls and floors plus the enclosed shower with a powerful rain showerhead.
The rooms have everything you look for and regardless of the tier, they all boast a minibar with a fridge and an electric kettle. Kids can enjoy the free playground outdoors.
The buffet also has selections suited for kids who are picky eaters. You may also check the café or restaurant on-site for some great choices of Albanian and international food. Just be sure to bring cash, because cards are not accepted at the restaurant.
If you want to stay in a castle-looking hotel in Ksamil, then this one’s for you. Hotel Castle truly gives you the royal treatment you want for a well-deserved vacation. It is also very near to other beaches that you can reach on foot in a few minutes. At night, the glowing lights make the hotel look very bright and hypnotic – quite like a very festive place!
The interior of the hotel makes use of wooden floors and ceilings and contemporary furniture.
Rooms include doubles, triples, and quads for all types of guests. All of their rooms have a balcony and it opens you to a panoramic view of the sea with amazing sunset views! The entire room is also ridiculously clean so you won’t have to worry about your allergies.
Check their wellness facilities and try their sauna or fitness center. The property has a private beach area and it guarantees that you’ll have a nice sun lounger all for yourself!
The name of the hotel straight away gives you a relaxing idea of a beach setting in a peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of the city – and that’s exactly what this place offers!
The property features a beautiful garden with flowering plants, swaying palm trees, and graceful vines crawling. There’s also an area with seaside views as well as a side of the hotel facing the magnificent scene of the town. No matter where you are, there’s a nice view always waiting for you in this dainty countryside house.
While rooms fit on the upper mid-range price, they do have a luxurious apartment with 2 bedrooms and a living area. This particular apartment can accommodate up to 8 guests and, like most of the rooms, it has everything you need, including 3 beds and 3 sofa beds. You can set up a nice meal or dinner in the outdoor dining area and you may also fire up the grill for a BBQ.
There’s even a washing machine you can use at your disposal, so you don’t have to use the sink to wash your clothes!
Villas and Holiday Homes in Ksamil
Do you prefer the homely feel of your own place rather than a hotel stay? Then check these villas in Ksamil for a relaxing vacation…
Villa Ermali is in a peaceful location and has a wonderful view of the beach, but still near to the city center and nested on top of a hill. You can simply go for a 10-minute walk from the property and take a dip or enjoy long walks by the sea.
The owner is also very accommodating and can speak multiple languages to help you with any concerns you may have during your stay – actually, most guests have loved staying here so you might not have any issues at all.
The price is very good considering you will only pay $28 per night and get the exclusivity of the entire property! If you don’t want to go out just to get breakfast, you do have the option to get it on-site for only $11 per head.
The villa has 2 bedrooms and it can accommodate up to 4 guests. Parking is also free and you can keep it safer with a lock. Sometimes, the owner pays a visit to their guests to bring some fresh fruits or other complimentary details.
During summer, you can use their grill to make a nice steak and match it to tasty baked potatoes. Past guests, have loved that the WiFi, A/C, and heating are all functioning well and you won’t have any issues connecting to the internet or having the right temperature despite the season.
A huge group can save by getting a holiday home like Casa Ksamil. Take into account that properties like these are quite difficult to find online. This home in particular can accommodate up to 10 guests and it has all the features to make you feel at home despite, ironically being on vacation.
Casa Kamil features 4 bedrooms, each in a different style. Some of them are equipped with bunk beds. The style is modern, bold, and features vibrant colors. There are 3 bathrooms, though small, featuring amenities including a hairdryer. Some guests have noticed that the shower and toilet area are close to each other, so it can be a good idea to point the shower head to the side wall not to get the toilet all wet.
The living room has a comfy and colorful leather sofa with pillows. You are also provided with other features like a washing machine, a minibar with a coffee machine, a fully-equipped kitchenette, and ironing facilities.
There’s also a balcony with seaside views, as well as views of the flowery garden and the green mountains.
5 Things to Pack to Albania
We have a complete packing list for Albania, but make sure you bring these five items with you!
Lonely Planet Western Balkans is a great guidebook for your visit to Albania, and it’s great if you’re also visiting any combination of the following countries: North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Slovenia. It can be really hard (sometimes impossible) to buy a physical guidebook in English once you’re in Albania, so if you like having your guidebook in your hands you will need to bring it with you from home.
Unlocked Cell Phone: Allison and I both have unlocked cell phones that we bought in Europe (I use a Samsung and she uses an iPhone). This allows up to get sim cards when we travel so that we always have the internet. This has gotten us out of so many jams!
If you don’t have an unlocked cell phone that can use an Albanian sim card, you can buy a cheaper unlocked phone online and bring it with you!
Pacsafe Citysafe or Other Anti-Theft Bag: This is the bag both Allison and I use (and they also make men’s versions). It has a pouch with RFID technology so our credit cards can’t get scanned from afar, interlocking zippers to make it harder to pickpocket, and it’s roomy enough to be a perfect sightseeing day bag.
A Sturdy Moneybelt: If you don’t want to get a new bag with anti-theft features as I use, you can use a money belt instead. I prefer to have these features built into my bag instead, but I know for a lot of people a money belt is a less expensive investment than a new bag.
Grayl Water Filter: While the water is safe to drink in the country’s larger cities, you need to avoid it in the small towns and villages inland and on the coast. If you don’t want to be buying millions of plastic water bottles, you can get a reusable water bottle that comes with a water filter so that you can stick to the tap water and reduce your plastic waste.
Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, TP & other Balkan transit needs. Bathrooms in the Balkans tend to be… how can we say it?… not so well-stocked. Save yourself the disappointment and bring a mini-rescue pack of wet wipes & hand sanitizer.
More Places to Stay in Albania
Are you visiting other parts of the country? When traveling to Albania, we recommend checking out Booking.com as early as possible. The country is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination, so some of the best spots do sell out early (especially in summer and on the coast)!
More Albania Travel Resources
First, start by reading our post on planning a trip to Albania. It covers everything from visas to vaccinations to what to pack, so it’s a great jumping-off point for your travel plans.
If you’re curious about the currency used in Albania and how tipping works, we recommend our Balkan currency guide to learn all about the Albanian lek and tipping culture. We also have a post on Albanian cuisine!
If you’re looking for even more places to add to your Albania itinerary, we have a bunch of ideas for you from us and other bloggers in this collaborative post about the 15 best places to visit in Albania! If you love UNESCO sites, make sure to check out Gjirokastra, Berat, and Butrint!
We are working on all of our Tirana guides, but for now, we have posts on the best restaurants in Tirana, the best Tirana cafes, and the best Instagram spots in Tirana, plus how to visit the Tirana Christmas Market.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
If you’re planning a trip to Albania, make sure to travel with a valid travel insurance policy. While we feel safe in Albania, it’s a good idea to be covered in case of an emergency. Travel insurance covers you in case of theft or an accident, which can save your trip if there’s an incident.
For travel insurance, Stephanie and I use World Nomads. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’ve never had an issue when making a claim. I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.
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Stephanie has been living in and traveling around the Balkans for the past three years. She’s written for National Geographic Online, appeared on CNN Arabic and in the New York Times, and ridden more Balkan buses than is good for a person.