In June 2019 we traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania. We were invited by the Vilnius office of tourism for a five-day tour of the city and were thrilled, as Lithuania has recently become a popular destination for Israelis, due to low-cost flights by WizzAir.
Before we arrived in Vilnius, we received our invitation to Hotel Vilnia. When I read the reviews about it and viewed the pictures, I was really excited. The reviews were excellent and the hotel looked really charming. When we arrived at the hotel, it turned out that there was a reason for such good reviews, because this was indeed an excellent option for sleeping in Vilna.
About Hotel Vinlia
A new four-star hotel which is already a credit in its favor because everything there is clean, modern and great looking. The hotel was built in a 19th-century building and is really beautiful on the outside. The hotel also has a bar restaurant and guests receive a 10% discount there. Bicycles can be rented from the hotel at a cost of EUR 3 per hour. There are also various rooms and a breakfast restaurant. There is also room service that operates according to the restaurant’s working hours.
Rooms at the hotel
We received the upgraded room with a balcony facing the park. I strongly recommend taking this room type because the difference in prices compared to the classic room is minute, and the room was really pampering. Let’s start with the room being clean and spacious. There is an armchair, a dresser with a coffee and tea set and glasses. There is a mini bar and a chair for those who want to work, and above there is a TV hanging on the wall. The shower room had a bath and two sinks (I love bathrooms with two sinks, it always gives me a luxurious feeling) and a toilet.
There is a super comfortable bed (you have been warned that it will be hard for you to get out of it in the morning) and on the bed are bathrobes and spa shoes (among my favorite hotel items). And of course, the crowning glory was the wonderful terrace that was really fun to sit in. It had a green view and although the road that passes there is a main road, there is almost no traffic, so the atmosphere still felt quiet and soothing there. In general, there is almost no traffic in Vilnius, and this makes it a very peaceful city. By the way the sunset from the balcony was amazing and the fun part was that it was at 22:40 at night!!
The location of the hotel
One of the good things about the hotel is its location. It is centrally located, very quiet and comfortable.
Where is it located? It is in the old town opposite Bernardine Park and this means you can cross the road and find yourself in a beautiful park. We rented bicycles from the hotel and rode around the park with them. At the entrance to the park there is also a stand of freshly squeezed orange juice and an ice cream parlor, and these were great options on the hot days of the summer. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel there are some good restaurants like a vegan bistro and a great Chinese restaurant. If you continue walking for another two minutes, you can reach the square of the central cathedral and a central boulevard where you can find restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.
If you go to the other side of the hotel then you will reach the famous church in the city that looks like a castle. St. Anne’s Church
And if you walk a little further, you will reach the second area of the old city that crosses the river Vilnia and there you will find restaurants, bars and cafes as well.
You can essentially reach anywhere by foot from the hotel, but If you are tired of walking, there are bus stops right next to the hotel and you can also book a taxi because the taxis in Vilna are super cheap (average cost in the city between 1.5 euros and three euros).
Our stay at the hotel included breakfast, which is a great start by itself. The meal is a buffet, you’ll find vegetables, fruits, cheeses, hams, different breads, a healthy corner with dried fruit, granola and cornflakes and a section with hot food such as steamed vegetables, sausages and different stews. There was also a daily quiche and some baked goods and a few types of egg dishes. There’s no egg station, but you can have the staff ask the kitchen to make an egg any way you want. There’s also a coffee machine for instant coffee, Americano, cappuccinos and more. There are also several jugs of juice. I think it was a good breakfast, with everything you need in the morning. It’s not unique, but definitely satisfying.
We stayed at the hotel for five nights and were bummed we had to leave. Everything was great and I highly recommend anyway coming to Vilnius to get a room there. The price is great for what you get and the location is a true winner.