Historic Building in Tirana
Just off the Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit opposite the Park Rinia stands the old Dajti Hotel.
Named after the nearby Dajti Mountain, the hotel played a vital part in international relations during the communist period. Before the Tirana International Hotel opened all foreign visitors stayed here, while very few Albanians were allowed in. It was here that treaties were negotiated and foreign national spied upon, all the guest rooms were bugged with microphones, and there was a sub-basement floor for staff to listen.
The building was built in the 1930s in the functionalist style and was designed by the Italian architect Gherardo Bosio and Gio Ponti.
The doors of this historic hotel closed in December 2005 and the building become increasingly derelict until it was purchased by the Bank of Albania and is currently being renovated.