We all make mistakes when we travel. Mine have been detailed on this blog many times (see China 144-hour Visa-Free Transit: It Worked the 1st Time). Most can be avoided by doing more research. Others cannot be avoided if there is not enough information available. Chalk up my stay at the Bollanos Hotel to the latter. As I wrote, my goal was to stay as close to F Marine as possible (see Albanian Riviera: Beautiful, But How Do You Get There?). Himare was the closest city to Jala, and Bollanos was the only hotel available.
The hotel is right across from a bar where I went to have a few drinks before my night out at F Marine (see Folie Marine Albania: Party Like A Rockstar, BYOD).
The hotel is right across from a nice beach where I had breakfast after my night out at F Marine.
If you’ve been to Vang Vieng Laos, then you’ll understand my description of this hotel. It’s basically a bare bones apartment complex with a bad shower and a rectangular piece of furniture for sleeping. It’s good enough for one night but not comfortable for much longer than that.
The hotel is very far from F Marine and is not within walking distance to Himare’s city center. You’ll need a car or taxi to go anywhere.
Staying in the outskirts of Himare was not the Albanian Riviera experience I was searching for. After one night, I was out of there.