We returned here for a week in mid january, again, with our 2 youngest children.We had the same room as we had on our previous stay in 2010 & to put things simply, the hotel was just as impressive as it was on that first visit.Once again all the staff were superb,the room excellent & the breakfasts a treat. Because this stay was longer then our previous visit we utilized the hotel alot more this time & also explored alot more of what Vilnius had to offer, both close to the hotel & further afield.
To add to my previous review, our room had wifi, heated tiled bathroom floor, thermostatic radiator valves which were really handy for the fluctuations in temperature that you get in Vilnius.The hotel bar/restaurant closed at 2100 but the reception staff were more than happy to get drinks from the bar after that if required.Breakfast times were, monday to friday - 0700 to 1100, saturday & sunday - 0800 to 1100 & the breakfast buffet included filled pancakes (apple,ham & cheese etc), sausages, fried/boiled/scrambled eggs, omelettes, toasted sandwiches, cornflakes, porridge, fruit & yoghurt, fruit salad, tea, coffee, juice.The hotel also had a daily business lunch from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm & which offered for example, spinach soup, bruschetta with crab cream & fresh salad & fruit drink for 14 litas or chicken soup with bruschetta, goulash with mashed potatoes & fruit drink for 15 litas.We had the business lunch twice during our stay & were more than satisfied with the quality & quantity of the food served.We also ate in the hotel restaurant one night.It was noticeably more expensive than most of the restaurants that we had eaten in but the choice on the menu & quality of the food served was exceptional.
On our last day & after enquiring if it was possible to do so, we were allowed to check out at 1400 as no other guests were booked for our room at that time.We then left our luggage in the office behind the reception desk until we left for the airport at 1900.
Sights & attractions very close to the hotel include, less than 2 minutes walk away, Gedimino Avenue.The Cathedral(250 metres away), The Palace of the Grand Dukes, statue of Gediminas,National Museum (5 litas per adult,2 litas per child) & The Archaelogical Museum(same price) & Mindaugas Statue.I have to mention that the staff in the Archaelogical Museum have got to be the grumpiest,most unwelcoming group that i've ever come across in an attraction, anywhere. Also close by to the hotel are the funicular ride to Castle Hill (2 litas per adult for single ride & 1 lita per child), the Upper Castle & Gediminas Tower.
During our week we ate snacks & meals, drank beer, coffee, soft drinks etc in many bars, cafes & restaurants.Below are the places we visited & we didn't have a bad meal or drink in any of them.
Roast & Beer, a brand new bar/restaurant located no more than 50 metres from the hotel with a friendly, talkative barman that spoke perfect english having lived in London for several years.
Tres Mexicanos & Senatoriu Kolonas, next door to one another & approx 100 metres from the hotel.
Senoji Pasaga, 150 metres from the hotel & located pretty much opposite the front door of the Cathedral.
Prie Katedros(formerly Avilys), Cili Kaimas, Cili Pica on Gedimino & Centro Baras just off Gedimino.
Cili Pica on Didzioji St
Keisti Zenklai on Traku St, great "live" beer for 2.90 litas per 500 mls.
Uzupio Kavine in Uzupis
Forto Dvaras on Pilies St & Vilniaus Alus also on Pilies St where we had a 300 ml & a 500 ml of beer brewed on the premises, a bottle of apple drink & 2 packets of snacks all for only 12 .49 litas.
We also looked for & found Chillout Restaurant on Pylimo St but it had changed over some weeks ago to become a sushi restaurant so we gave it a miss.
Some other info from our trip
I'd highly recommend buying Vilnius in your pocket on arrival, if your accomodation doesn't provide complimentary copies.The info in that guidebook about sights, attractions, restaurants, bars etc is excellent & we ate in several restaurants that we had read about in the book & we were more than happy with all of those places.
We got skinned by the taxi driver that took us from the airport to the hotel. We made a few simple mistakes as (1) we just jumped into the taxi at the front of the queue(2) we didn't ask how much the fare would be & (3) neither of us thought to look at the meter before we set off to see that it was at zero.He further put the boot in by taking us the "scenic" route.When we arrived at the hotel he had somehow managed to have exactly 100.00 litas on the meter which is basically robbery without violence. For our return journey to the airport we rang the number recommended in Vilnius in your pocket & booked a taxi.That driver charged us, as per his meter, 18 litas. After giving him a tip of 12 litas that gave us a total of 30 litas, proving that not all the taxi drivers in Vilnius are rip off merchants.We'll certainly be prebooking with that taxi company again on our next visit to Vilnius.
We were unable to make calls or send texts from our mobile phones for the entire time of our stay but were able to receive calls & texts. I enquired with Vodafone when i got home & they told me that it was because Vodafone don't have any roaming arrangements in place with any of the Lithuanian operators.For anybody visiting Vilnius it's probably worthwhile contacting their provider to check if they will have the same problem while there.
We used the maps in Vilnius in your pocket to plan some easy, relaxed walks that took in quite a few of the sights & attractions.For instance, After checking out the Cathedral & square head along the river to the Green Bridge.Cross the bridge & after studying the 4 soviet statues at either end, pop into St Rafael's Church & then the nearby Planetarium.Head back over the Green Bridge again & continue along the river enjoying the contrast of new & old with The Reval,Radisson Blu hotels etc as the backdrop.Cross the bridge at the top of Gedimino & visit the Znamenskaya Orthodox Church.After that, return back to Gedimino for the parliament & Independance Square.Walk down Gedimino & visit the Kgb/Genocide Museum.After that pop into Prie Katedros for a drink, you'll need one.
If you were to visit just one church in Vilnius, make it the Church of St Peter & St Paul, absolutely stunning
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