Vlora Marina Residences partners with Marriott to bring 5-star hotel & branded apartments
Vlora Marina Residences and Marriott International signed the agreement that paves the way for the internationally certified 5-star hotel in Vlora Marina. The investment of over 100 million euros foresees the establishment and management of the Vlora Marriott Hotel as well as the presentation of a new concept for Albania and the region, which are branded apartments. The new hotel will be located in the heart of Vlora and will be part of the investment in Vlora Marina, the mixed-use urban project, which includes a world-class marina with 438 berths for yachts and mega-yachts, seaview premium apartments, service units, and entertainment areas.
Vlora Marriott Hotel envisions the harmonious development of the city landscape by bringing the prestige of a long experience of 5-star hotels and branded residences, a new concept which adds another dimension to this project.
The agreement with Marriott International marks an important milestone for Vlora and the highest standards that Albania is adopting in the field of tourism and hospitality. Both the 150-room hotel and the branded apartments will be managed under the same roof by the same Marriott team, guaranteeing the highest international quality and standards.
In her speech, which preceded the signing of the agreement, Ardiana Sokoli, Vice President of Real Estate at BALFIN Group, said that this collaboration and the standards expected to be implemented completely change game rules in the Albanian hospitality industry.
“Today, we stand here with our partners from Marriott, united in our vision and commitment to make the Vlora Marriott Hotel an excellent example of hospitality. We strongly believe that Vlora will turn into one of the most important Mediterranean cities and the flagship of the Albanian blue economy. Together with our local and international partners, we are introducing innovative concepts in architecture and urban facilities that will transform the actual area by improving Vlora’s offer as a tourist destination, boosting the local economy and creating more employment opportunities.”
Silvija Lovreta, Director for Southeast Europe at Marriott International, called this agreement a fulfillment of the demand that the country has for such brands in hospitality. “We are happy to have found the right partner to bring this new hospitality concept to Albania.”
“We worked with the best team with regards to the hotel and facilities’ project. We are very confident that it will be a real success,” said Julien Laloye, Director of Mixed -Use Development, Marriott International.
Suitable for both business and leisure travelers, the Vlora Marriott Hotel projects 150 rooms and suites, as well as over 100 apartments for sale under the name Vlora Marriott Residences. The hotel includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, four restaurants and bars, a private beach with a beach bar, a spa, a fitness center, and a modern business and meeting space. A socio-entertainment center will also be provided for visitors and citizens of Vlora. The residences are designed with areas ranging from 75 to 220 sqm with one to four bedrooms, while residents will have access to a private gym as well as selected hospitality facilities.
Marriott International includes a portfolio of more than 8,500 properties under 31 major brands spanning 138 different countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotel management worldwide. With nearly 600 hotels and resorts in over 65 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels continues to perfect the art of hospitality.