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You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but in Lithuania it certainly seems that you can judge a hotel by its doorman or receptionist. If, as you step into your prospective hotel, you are met by a jowly, gray-faced doorman in a gray suit and brown shoes, you can bet you're headed for trouble. But this is a rarer and rarer occurrence in the Lithuanian capital. The hotel scene in Vilnius has markedly improved in recent years, and it's getting better all the time. 

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High End 

Artis: (H-1) Liejyklos 11/23, tel. 266-0366, fax 266-0377; A splendid location for what by all accounts is an equally fine hotel, positioned to perfection midway between Old Town and Gedimino, and boasting all the luxuries that come as standard in 21st-century Lithuania in a choice of rooms decorated with an artistic touch but not forgetting people have to live in them. Testament to the place’s standing is the fact that the locals use both the restaurant and bar. Doubles 160 €.

Atrium: (H-3) Pilies 10, tel. 210-7777, fax 210-7770; There’s no doubting the style and elegance of this Old Town hotel. The rooms are some of the best looking in Vilnius, luxurious and palatial, with fine furniture. Downstairs, a cavern has been transformed into a disco, the noise from which can sometimes penetrate first-floor rooms. Doubles 125 €. 

Barbacan Palace: (D-5) Bokšto 19, tel. 266-0840, fax 266-0841; A comfortable boutique hotel at the edge of Old Town. Spacious rooms with kitchenettes and apartments. Well suited for a longer stay. Great views of Old Town from the top floor. Free internet access in the rooms. Even a bowling alley. Doubles 95 €, apartments 105 €. 

Best Western Naujasis Vilnius: (B-4) Konstitucijos 14, tel. 273-9595, fax 273-9500;  This reasonably priced hotel on the north side of the river in the rapidly up and coming business district is a mere 10-minute walk from the city center. Doubles 115 €. 

City Park Hotel: (G-2) L. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus 3, tel. 212-3515, fax 261-7745;  In Old Town, across from Cathedral Square. The owners are German, the same ones who own the fine Mabre Residence. Very good location and friendly staff. Not quite as richly decorated as its sister hotel, but you can’t go wrong coming here. There’s a good Italian restaurant called Rossini located on the premises. Doubles 150 €. 

Congress Hotel: (J-2) Vilniaus 2/15, tel. 269-1919, fax 251-4280;  In the heart of the city and on the bank of the Neris River, two steps from the Opera and next to the Congress Hall. Good location and quality for the price. Doubles 125 €. 

Conti Hotel: (D-4) Raugkylos 7/2, tel. 251-4111, fax 251-4100;  A great hotel in what is set to become a great part of town, Conti has taken the cream and red approach to room design and applied it to everything, from the small budget spaces in the roof to the breathtaking luxury suites. Popular with visiting business professionals and stag weekenders alike, the proof of the pudding is in the service, which at Conti is a heck of a lot better than many hotels of this type in the city. Doubles 125 €.

Crowne Plaza Vilnius: (C-3) M.K. Čiurlionio 84, tel. 274-3400, fax 274-3411; One of the country’s few 5-star hotels, this large gray elephant of an 80s-built Intourist beast has had an almost complete capitalist makeover and is now run by the prime minister’s wife no less. The rooms and other facilities are all what you’d expect for a hotel like this, but grumbles have been liberally mixed in with the plaudits about the service. Moaning aside, the advantages are there if you look hard enough, including the hotel’s early entry into the Wifi revolution and the view from the rooftop bar. Doubles 66-139 €. 

Dvaras (Manor): (F-2) Tilto 3, tel. 210-7370, fax 261-8783;  A manor-like boutique hotel in the city center with eight elegant rooms, all designed in an old-European style. Top class. Downstairs there is an outstanding restaurant. Doubles 120 €. 

Europa Royale Vilnius: (D-5) Aušros Vartų 6, tel. 266-0770, fax 261-2000; A luxurious, 39-room hotel with standard singles and doubles, plus the so-called Round Suite, a circular room on the roof filled with windows. It overlooks a Russian church and has a stunning panoramic view of Old Town. It’s got to be one of the most romantic spots in Vilnius, suited for newlyweds or lovers of any stripe. Fireplaces and a spiral staircase add to the ambience of the Europa Imperial. Doubles 150 €. 

Grotthuss: (D-4) Ligoninės 7, tel. 266-0322, fax 266-0323,  An elegant boutique hotel in the middle of Old Town. The owner, Baroness Edita von Grotthuss, has instilled a home-like atmosphere with tasteful and bright-colored rooms, all of which come with good ISDN internet connection. Suitable for business travelers an tourists alike. Doubles160 €. 

Grybas House: (D-5) Aušros Vartų 3a, tel. 261-9695, fax 212-2416;  Very good location in Old Town and tucked down a garden-like courtyard. A quaint, small-sized guest house/hotel in a medieval building run by a charming, hands-on family. Doubles 100 €. 

Holiday Inn: (B-5) Šeimyniškių 1, to the north of the Neris River; tel. 210-3000, fax 210-3001;  This stalwart of the world hotel industry is good all the way around, from the meticulously thought-through rooms, to its central location, to ideal conference facilities. You simply can’t go wrong coming here. Doubles 140 €.  

Ida Basar: (D-5) Subačiaus 1, tel./fax 262-2909;  Ten rooms and two comfortable apartments. Excellent quality and an equally superb location. Singles 100 €.  

Le Meridien Villon Vilnius: Highway A2, Vilnius-Riga, tel. 273-9700, fax 273-9730. This roadside resort hotel is so quiet and peaceful it almost has the feel of a religious retreat. Set some 20 minutes out of the city, the Villon has no space constraints and stretches out amid rolling hills, pine and birch trees. It looks oddly out of place in no-man’s land next to one of the main trans-Baltic highways, but if you have a car or don’t mind taking shuttles, the Villon is highly recommended. This foreign-owned hotel has all the creature comforts, including an outstanding restaurant, a nightclub, and a terrific health club. They recently opened the biggest convention center in the Baltics. Doubles 120 €.  

Mabre Residence Hotel: (I-4) Maironio 13, tel. 212-2087, fax 212-2240;  On the east edge of Old Town, not far from St. Anne’s Church. A German-run hotel that was once an Orthodox monastery. Great location, brilliant atmosphere, very good service. Considering the quality, this hotel is excellent value for your money. Doubles 140 €. 

Mano Liza: (D-4) Ligoninės 5, tel. 212-2225, fax 212-2608; In Old Town. A clean, quaint guest house/hotel run by a Lithuanian-American and named after his Finnish wife. Very cozy, very friendly. Doubles 100 €.  

Narutis: (H-3) Pilies 24, tel. 212-2894, fax 262-2882;  A green, glass-sided hydraulic lift whisks you up five floors from the cellar restaurant through the glass-topped courtyard to the comfortable, modern rooms with cheerful use of color, bright green banisters, blue tables and reddish wood furnishings. The thin, motelesque aqua-blue carpets are a bit off, but with big beds and restored frescoes in some rooms, you can’t quibble. Lithuania’s declaration of independence was made here in 1918. Doubles 195 €.  

Novotel Vilnius: (C-4) Gedimino 16, tel. 262-9999, fax 266-6201;  Hats off to Novotel who‘s built a wonderful hotel in one of the best locations in town, filled it with friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff and kept their prices more than affordable. The rooms are all superb, the suite on the top floor overlooking the Cathedral is more than superb, and both the bar and restaurant offer great views of the masses to-ing and fro-ing in the busy square opposite. Underground parking, secure elevators and a whole host of other luxuries make this one a highly recommended choice for tourists and business travelers alike. Singles 120 €.  

Radisson SAS Astorija Hotel Vilnius: (J-3) Didžioji 35/2, tel. 212-0110, fax 212-1762;  Anything with the Radisson brand name starts off with a reputation for class, and this one is in a beautifully restored building right in the center of Old Town. With this hotel, you just can’t miss. They are also improving all the time, now with 120 rooms on offer. This hotel also has a good bar and widely celebrated restaurant, Brasserie Astorija. Doubles 170 €.  

Ramada Vilnius: (D-5) Subačiaus 2, tel. 255-3355; A fine location and by all accounts a delightful place to flop. In Vilnius’ ever-increasing Star Wars campaign, the new Ramada has upped the ante with the addition of DVDs throughout, and bunging a fine Italian restaurant at ground level. Very tasty indeed. 

Ratonda: (B-3) Gedimino 52/1, tel. 212-0670, fax 212-0669;  This hotel, tucked into a side street, has miraculously risen to become a centrally-located gem. Some of the rooms can be smallish and the corridors narrow, but the cheap singles in the roof area are good value at 85 €. The owners have ensured polite staff, artsy paintings on every floor, and a lovely restaurant below. The location is close to the parliament.  

Relais & Chateaux Stikliai: (I-2) Gaono 7, tel. 264-9595, fax 212-3870;  The hotel of choice for many rich and famous visitors to Vilnius. A luxurious Old Town hotel, along a narrow cobblestone street that was once the heart of the Jewish quarter complete with antique cabinets and elaborate carpets throughout. One of the most stylish and sophisticated hotels in the city. Doubles 225 €.  

Reval Hotel Lietuva: (B-4) Konstitucijos 20, tel. 272-6200, fax 272-6210;  One of the dominant landmarks of Vilnius, and one of the region’s most modern hotels. It’s on the bank of the Neris River, far enough away from the city-center hustle bustle, but close enough to walk to it in just minutes if need be. Likewise, it’s a short walk across a pedestrian bridge to Old Town. They even have a pianist in the lobby on weekday evenings, an illustration of the newly instilled class of this place. Doubles 130 €. 

Scandic Neringa: (C-4) Gedimino 23, tel. 268-1910, fax 261-4160;  It’s always had an excellent location in the center of Vilnius’ main street. Now it’s part of the Hilton chain. A top class hotel boasting a wide range of facilities. Rooms are minimalist and modern. Doubles 90 €.  

Senatoriai: (F-2) Tilto 2, tel. 212-6491, fax 212-6372;  On the edge of Old Town, the Senatoriai packs lots of class and comfort into a small, cozy building. The modern rooms come complete with all manner of luxuries plus big leather chairs that can swallow you whole. Some of the rooms are on the claustrophobic side, and the slanted ceilings in the attic rooms are pleasantly rustic. Doubles 90 €. 

Shakespeare: (H-4) Bernardinų 8/8, tel. 266-5885, fax 266-5886;  This hotel in the heart of Old Town exudes old English charm. The hotel bar with its deep comfortable sofas and gentleman’s club atmosphere feels like it’s been there forever. Rooms are richly decorated and named after the Bard’s characters. Perfect for the weary business traveler who has had it with Scandinavian minimalism. Singles 105 €.  

Šarūnas Hotel: (B-5) Raitininkų 4, tel. 272-4888, fax 272-4355;  A spacious, modern hotel, a five-minute drive from the city center. The Šarūnas Hotel is owned by former NBA basketball star and Lithuanian native Šarūnas Marčiulionis. It has that big American feel, reminiscent of an upscale Holiday Inn. Long, breezy hallways and a lobby so huge you could play basketball in it, and here, nobody’s likely to look askance if you do. State-of-the-art fitness room and conference halls. Solid quality and service. Doubles 110 €.  

Middle Range

Ambassador: (C-4) Gedimino 12, tel. 261-5450, fax 212-1716;  Location is the main draw here. It’s located a stone’s throw from the Cathedral and right in the heart of the city. Good value indeed. Doubles 80 €.  

Business Guest House: (B-3) Saltoniškių 44, tel. 272-2298, fax 275-3761;  This hotel is really more of a mini-resort. The backyard, indoor pool, sauna complex and comfy breakfast area in a winter garden give you the feeling you’re staying over with suburban friends. Furnishings are plush. Singles 75 €. 

Centro Kubas: (J-3) Stiklių 3, tel. 266-0860, fax 266-0863;  Fourteen spacious, cozy rooms in this reasonably priced five-storey hotel. All of the rooms are imaginatively decorated with authentic tools for Lithuanian country living. Doubles 105 €.  

Centrum UniqueStay Hotel: (D-3) Vytenio 9/25, tel. 268-3462, fax 213-2760;  The labyrinthine Centrum UniqueStay, once you’ve managed to find reception, is your classic business class hotel. The vast array of rooms range from the cutest attic space you’ll ever find in a hotel to a colossal and ridiculously under-priced suite. Internet connections here mean a computer in your room, and well-chosen paintings throughout plus well-trained staff and all manner of thoughtful additions make its slightly obscure location a mere trifle. Doubles 80 €. 

City Gate Hotel: (D-5) Bazilijonų 3, tel. 210-7306, fax 210-7307;  In the Old Town in front of the Gates of Dawn. The hotel sits in a courtyard and is wonderfully quiet. Beautiful rooms with high ceilings and all the facilities you need. Doubles 87 €  

Comfort Hotel: (D-4) Gėlių 5, tel. 264-8833, fax 264-8832;  A great value hotel in the center of town, all of the rooms are modern and functional without going over the top. If you can, try to get one of the rooms on the extended top floor, which have great views of Old Town. 58 rooms. Doubles 45 €.   

Domus Maria Guesthouse: (D-5) Aušros Vartų 12, tel. 264-4880, fax 264-4878;  A great location and a great place to stay, with an ecclesiastical feel throughout including in some of the rooms. Lots of space and choice make this one a wonderful bargain indeed. Doubles 60 €. 

Ecotel Vilnius: (B-5) Slucko 8, tel. 210-2700, fax 210-2707;  A big, good quality tourist-class hotel that’s just out of the city center. Modern and clean. Doubles 50 €. 

E-Guesthouse: (D-3) Ševčenkos 16, tel. 266-0730, fax 233-5710;  An efficient, clean, bizarre and distinctly Nordic-feeling hotel in an old factory yard. They have excellent internet connections, if that’s important to you, and some extremely well designed rooms. You can even rent a computer if you need one. Doubles 60 €.  

Europa City Vilnius: (C-4) Jasinskio 14, tel. 251-4477, fax 251-4476;  This hotel by the fine Europa Group is located smack in the city center, close to the parliament building and next to a busy road. Best suited for business travelers or legislative lobbyists. Doubles 60 €. 

Grožio Sala: (A-1) Sugiharos 3, tel./fax 230-5778; info@beautyisland.ltBeauty Island Hotel is a must if you feel like pampering yourself. Attached to the Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology Center, it has a Turkish bath and sauna, Jacuzzi. Aerobics, full gym too. Beauty treatments of all kinds also on offer. Singles 90 €.  

Karolina: (B-1) Sausio 13-osios 2, tel. 216-8934, fax 216-9341;  A quiet hotel in the Karoliniškės suburb, to the northwest of the city center; in the shadow of the capital’s famous TV tower. Good conference facilities, friendly service. Bowling, billiards and tennis courts. Doubles 75 €.  

Mikotel: (D-5) Pylimo 63, tel. 260-9626, fax 260-9627;  This hotel is tucked into a fairly unruly looking street near the train station. But it belies its surroundings: it’s recently been renovated, and is modern, clean and has friendly service. The best thing is that it’s both cheapish (just 40 € for a single) and located in Old Town. A good budget option.  

Rinno: (D-4) Vingrių 25, tel. 262-2828, fax 262-5929;;  on the edge of Old Town. A small-scale business hotel with 15 rooms. Spacious rooms and large bathrooms; warm colors. Lithuanian art on sale on the hotel walls. Doubles 90 €.  

Žemaitės: (D-3) Žemaitės 15, tel. 213-3193, fax 213-3337;  A good value hotel slightly out of the center but featuring enough quality and pleasant add-ons to make up for the location. The rooms are clean and the windows have been thoughtfully soundproofed to keep the noise of what is a very busy road outside to a minimum. Doubles 65 €.  


Adelita: Rodūnios 8, tel. 232-9304, fax 213-6463. Presented with no other choices, stranded travelers might well prefer to sleep at the airport than at this airport hotel. Though it’s a Lithuanian-American venture, Adelita seriously lags. Doubles 45 €.

Skrydis: Rodūnios 8, tel. 232-9099, fax 268-5967;  This state-owned airport hotel shares space with the less-than-impressive Adelita, but is actually a bit better. They have fully-renovated rooms for about 20 €.

Bed & Breakfast

A&A Litinterp: (C-5) Bernardinų 7-2, tel. 212-3850, fax 212-3559;  Good quality B&B in Old Town for 20 € and up. The main office has friendly staff and provides a range of very helpful tourist services, such as booking rooms abroad.  

Bernardinų Guest House: (H-4) Bernardinų 5, tel. 260-8410, fax 260-8421;  Doubles 35 €.  

Vilnius Bed & Breakfast & Apartments: (B-4) Mečetės 4, tel. 279-7162, fax 273-1723;  Arranges rooms and apartments in Vilnius. There are also apartments to rent for longer term as well. Their excellent website allows you to see your potential accommodations in advance.  

Low Budget 

Europolis: (D-4) Švitrigailos 11d, tel. 215-0410, fax 215-0411,  Fantastic value if you don’t mind spartan furnishings, awkward locations and a safari to find the place, this slightly claustrophobic hotel is pandering to the upmarket Polish backpacker set and clearly winning. Extremely good value if you take a triple, find the official entrance at the back of the building, or, if it’s open, sneak in through the cafeteria of the same name around the front. Doubles 45 €.  

JNN hostel: (A-3) Konstitucijos 25, tel./fax 272-2270;  Super clean rooms start at 20 € for a single and all are equipped with shower and toilet. For some, the best value in town.  

Panorama: (D-4) Sodų 14, tel. 273-8011, fax 213-3881;  For the budget traveler arriving by train or bus in the middle of the night, Panorama will do. Just. The top floors have been renovated, which is nice, but the ladies on reception haven’t. It’s still a bit of a Soviet timewarp in here, so expect to get shouted at if you lose your key. Renovated rooms 40 €.  

Paradisė: Ukmergės 246, tel./fax 279-4279;  This quintessential Lithuanian business traveler-geared metallic box offers 12 modern rooms whose prices reflect their size rather than what you’ll find in them. Way out of the center on the road to Riga don’t expect fabulous vistas or English-speaking receptionists, but do be prepared for a pleasant bar, sauna, swimming pool and a hot shower before dropping into one of their ample beds before hitting the road the next day. Not everybody’s cup of tea, a website is promised but no one in the building it seems has the faintest idea as to what the address will be. Doubles 30 €.

Saulės Žiedas: Nemenčinės 13a, tel. 277-4158, fax 277-4159;  A wonderful choice for the eccentric traveler, find this gem sat opposite the Lithuanian Film Studios on the northern outskirts in the Antakalnis district. Featuring good value rooms on the edge of a great forest, and being just south of a wonderful šašlykas bar, Pleno Baras might be just what you were looking for. Doubles 58 €.  

Užupio: (D-6) Paupio 31a, tel. 264-3113, fax 264-3112;  A bit of a slog up a miserable road and quite frankly a bit of a pig to find, but well worth the effort if you can be bothered. One of the few hotels in Vilnius’ bohemian district, this large house set back off the road offers a choice of rooms from doss-style backpacker’s delight to your own little basic apartments. Doubles 35 €. 

On the Cheap 

Elektros Tinklų Svečių Namai: (D-4) Šv. Stepono 11, tel./fax 216-0321. Just south of Old Town. Bottom-of-the-barrel accommodation for the adventurous, and a great location close to sights and the train station. Granted, the front door opens onto a bombed-out building that’s become the neighborhood dump, but what did you expect? This is about as good as it gets for a measly 10 €. 

Filaretai: (C-6) Filaretų 17, tel. 215-4627, fax 212-0149. In Užupis, east of Old Town. Vilnius’ own long-lasting IHY youth hostel, stocked with friendly staff and dorm-like rooms packed with two to eight beds. Some call this neighborhood artsy; others call it dangerous. Beds cost about 12 €.  

Jaunujų Turistų Centras: (C-6) Polocko 7, tel. 261-3576, fax 262-7742. At 7 € per person this is without doubt the cheapest in town and it’s clean and friendly. Found in the crumbling but very cool and arty Užupis district, this place is a must for students and others watching their cash. You can even use the kitchen. 

Old Town Hostel: (D-5) Aušros Vartų 20-15, tel. 262-5357;  Warm and welcoming, almost like a B&B, an IHY-affiliated hostel. Eight beds in a room, but at less than 10 € a bunk good value all the same.  

Apartment Rental

Ober-Haus Apartments: (B-4) Kaštonu 2, tel. 231-4167, fax 231-4168;  
Old Town Apartments: in Vilnius and Kaunas; tel. (370) 682-41569. A choice of apartments in Old Town for all budgets and tastes, managed by a pleasant English-speaking man, and offering a good alternative to those who like the kind of independence a hotel can’t offer.  
Sleep in Vilnius: (I-1) Trakų 16, tel. 680-18557. A small operation suitable for independent-minded types run by enterprising locals who at the time of going to press offered just two apartments in the center of town. The scarcity of beds makes booking imperative. Check the website for the latest information.  

Spa Hotels

You can find information about spas and resorts in Lithuania at

In Vilnius:
Grožio Sala: (A-1) Sugiharos 3, tel./fax 230-5778;

In Druskininkai:
Belarus Spa Hotel: Maironio 2, tel. (313) 52-871; 
Dainava Health Center: Maironio 22, tel. (313) 59-090, fax (313) 59-104;  
Draugyste Spa Hotel: Krėvės 7, tel. (313) 53-132, fax (313) 53-118;  
Egle Spa Hotel: Egles 1, tel. (313) 60-220, fax (313) 60-238;
Lietuva Health Center: Kudirkos 45, tel. (313) 52-414;
Nemunas Spa Hotel: Kosciuškos 6, tel. (313) 51-660;
Saulutė Spa Hotel: Kurorto 5, tel. (313) 51-270;
Spa Vilnius: Dineikos 1, tel. (313) 53-811;  
Sūrutis Health Center: Taikos 10, tel. (313) 53-335;  

In Birštonas:
Versmė Sanatoria: Sruogos 9, tel. (319) 65-673;  

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