As hectic as the city of Tirane may be outside, especially in traffic, I found a quiet haven in the Hotel Mondial inside. I haven't felt so spoiled in a long, long time. From the moment we entered, carrying sleeping kids, the staff knew our names and jumped to open doors. At one point, when I entered one of the bars after dinner hours, tired, a waiter asked what I would like--something from the kitchen? fast food, perhaps?--and I think he would have left the hotel to search for me if I had asked. Every request was granted, and wonderful recommendations were made. The room was quiet, clean, and spacious--with two balconies (perfect for watching the wheels go by). Our kids loved the caged birds on the landing. I loved feeling at home.