An unassuming, sand-colored building in the historic center of Vilnius, Lithuania, holds one of the best hotels in the city, the Stikliai hotel. From the outside, the only thing that gives any indication of its 5-star interior is the mural above the front door. Glassblowers practicing their craft in this brilliantly-colored artwork were the original occupants of this building in the 16th century.
On the inside, the building feels more like a home than a hotel. Plush chairs and couches are just about everywhere you look as the bar spills into a sitting area and runs into the game room, complete with a pool table. Fireplaces and accent pieces complete the feel that staying at the Stikliai hotel is like being in someone’s (very upscale, well-serviced) French country home.
The Restaurant: The hotel’s restaurant, also called Stikliai, is known as one of the best in the city. Set in the light-drenched interior courtyard, it serves a combination of Lithuanian and French cuisine. The hotel’s breakfast is also served in the restaurant. It featured a selection of cereals, breads, and cheeses as well as a la carte items like omelettes.
The Concierge: Concierge service is available for anything a guest may need. All of the staff members are attentive and speak English fluently.
The Lounge and Bar: There are plenty of places to enjoy some down time at the Stikliai hotel. From the bar just off the lobby to the large, comfortable sitting room/terrace there is ample space to have a drink or a conversation. There is also a room with a pool table and a separate library for guests looking for a bit of quiet time.
The Spa: The on-site spa offers massages. A sauna, pool, and gym are also available on the lower level of the hotel.
The Room: My spacious, L-shaped room had a city view. There was a sitting area with two chairs and a table as well as a desk and minibar.
The WiFi: There is free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Each room and separate area of the hotel has its own router so that the signal remains strong wherever you are in the building.
The Television: Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV. English channels are limited.
The Safe: The hotel was very secure, but each room has a safe for valuables.
The Bathroom: Heated floors are possibly one of my favorite features in a hotel, and this bathroom had them, making me a very happy camper.
The Cost: Rates range from €160-190 for a standard single or double to €1200 for the Presidential suite. (Check current prices for the Stikliai Hotel here.)
The Location: The Stikliai is well-located in the historic center of Vilnius. It is within easy walking distance to Cathedral Square, Town Hall, and Vilnius University as well as many restaurants and shops.
The Transportation: Walking is the easiest way to get around Vilnius, though there are numerous taxi stands around the city as well as busses and trolleys. The bus station and train station connect Vilnius with other parts of Lithuania and beyond.
The Airport Transfer: The Stikliai hotel is less than 6 km from the Vilnius International Airport and costs about €10-15 by taxi. The hotel concierge can also assist in arranging airport transfers.
The Website: www.stikliai.com/
The Final Verdict
The Stikliai hotel offers everything you would expect in a 5-star accommodation and even some comforts you wouldn’t. Its food and service are top-notch, and its location makes it a great base from which to explore Vilnius and beyond.
We explored the Baltics as guests of JayWay Travel. As always, opinions are our own.