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Cube, Italian Rationalism

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1940 – 1942

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Hotel & Restaurant

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The Dëshmorët e Kombit Boulevard
1001 Tirana
Albania

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Dajti

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Hotel Dajti Change this

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The Hotel Dajti has long been considered the best hotel in Tirana, Albania. It is located in the city center right on the main boulevard and is named after Tirana's local mountain Dajti. Unfortenately the hotel is not in use anymore. It was designed in the early 1940s by Italian architect Gherardo Bosio, head of the Tirana Central Bureau of Construction and Urban Planning, while parts of the furnishings are by Gio Ponti.

The hotel was created as part of a redesign of the Albanian capital by the Italians under the direction of Gherardo Bosio who had died before the opening in April 1942. The hotel was considered one of the best houses on the whole Balkans. Since 2007 it is listed as a cultural monument. After the Second World War, hotel served for a short time as the seat of the communist government. For a long time it was the only hotel for foreign guests in Tirana. From the 1970s, the Hotel Dajti was reserved for public and business travelers only. After the collapse of the communism it remained in state ownership and lost importance because the lack of investment in the 1990s. Several attempts to sell the hotel failed so it was finally closed in 2002. The ruined house was used now and then for art exhibitions. The Albanian central bank bought the building in 2010 for € 30 million and used the building while its headquarters at Skanderbeg Square was restored.

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On the ground floor next to the entrance hall and the bar was a large ballroom. On the side facing away from the road there is a terrace and a small, quiet garden. The three upper floors house around 85 guest rooms - all with balconies. The upper floors are much simpler in terms of structure and style than the sumptuous, marble-clad ground floor, which is explained by the declining funds in the war years.

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