The saying goes 'all that glitters isn't gold' and yet we travellers seem to have been tricked into thinking that shiny must equal luxury. This homogenised definition of indulgence has frankly got me so bored it was a relief to check into this hotel, which has unashamedly traditional view of what makes a place special to stay.
Not a Swarovski crystal in sight instead indulgence fabrics, dark rich woods and intimate lighting make this feel very much like a boutique hotel, rather than one of the most well-known names in Vilnius - well known to the Lithuanians that is.
The mistake one might make when looking for a hotel in the country's capital city is that traditional means old, lacking the modern-day comforts. However, like London's Dorchester, all your tech needs are there, they are just discreetly tucked away.
This isn't bling, this isn't loud, it is understated and therefore the real definition of luxury, which is something different to the norm, ask yourself how many hotels are doing bling these days.
Located perfectly in the Old Town it is a great place to explore Vilnius, which is one of the most charming, picturesque, cool capitals in Europe. Meandering medieval backstreets hide galleries, wineries, restaurants and surprising chic bars.
Vilnius to me is one of Europe's best kept secrets, for the traveller seeking something different and unexpected I cannot recommend a visit enough.
While seeking that difference, why not forget bling and seek class instead and check into this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in the old building with baroque and Gothic features, the hotel stands in the heart of the old town, surrounded by Vilnius characteristically baroque church spires, pastel-colored buildings and numerous shops.This area of the old town, where the hotel is located, was a center of glassblowers and other craftsmen who had their work shops in the XV-XVI centuries. The name Stikliai comes from Lithuanian and stands for „glassblowers“. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stikliai Hotel Vilnius