The Best Hotels in Lithuania

Strolling along the Danė River is a must on a visit to Klaipėda
Strolling along the Danė River is a must on a visit to Klaipėda | © David Lyons / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 April 2021

Lithuania often feels like the forgotten country of the Baltics. The capital, Vilnius, is sometimes overlooked in the face of its Baltic neighbours, Tallinn and Riga –although like them, the medieval Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Kaunas and coastal Klaipėda, the other main Lithuanian cities, see even fewer foreign visitors. As some formerly disused buildings gain a fresh –and even imaginative – lease of life, you can expect a good range of accommodation around the country.

Daugirdas Hotel

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In Kaunas’s Old Town, the business-like Daugirdas stitches a renovated 16th- to 19th-century townhouse to a modern building with a sloping glass roof. The atrium between resembles a paved square, with old-fashioned street lamps and cafe tables. Accommodation is comfortable with solid wooden furniture – the standout is the sole Gothic Lux room, with a timbered ceiling and arched windows. Local lore suggests a medieval customs official furtively signalled nocturnal trading boats with candles in its niches to help them bypass duties.
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Victoria Hotel

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Two blocks south of Laisvės (Freedom) Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Kaunas, the cool Victoria occupies an early 1900s printing works. While preserving the attractive all-brick industrial-chic facade, interiors have been modernised – though retain key features such as large windows and lofty ceilings. Bright, well-lit rooms have subtly patterned carpets and elegant contemporary furniture, some with Tamara de Lempicka and Piet Mondrian artwork behind the beds. There’s a good restaurant and bar-terrace, along with a modest spa offering Finnish saunas, Turkish hammams and a jacuzzi.
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HOF Hotel

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Clad in sheeny corporate grey in downtown Kaunas, the HOF feels like a business travellers’ home away from home. Double rooms and apartments, some with balconies, feature straightforward contemporary decor in shades of burgundy, mustard and plum-purple. There’s plenty of velvet or velveteen textures to soften the vibe and offset the brown carpets. The modest restaurant serves decent breakfasts under shaded chandeliers.
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Kaunas Hotel

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On Laisvės Avenue and convenient for business travellers, the Kaunas occupies the first and second floors of a long, elegant 1870s building – crowned with an ultra-modern steel and glass canopy. Fully modernised and soundproofed interiors feature sensible yet swanky rooms, with a warm Scandinavian decor; all have large windows, and some have balconies. The good-value and almost rustic-looking restaurant features live accordion music on Thursday nights.
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Hotel Monte Pacis

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Just 10km (6mi) from Kaunas but atmospherically a world away, Monte Pacis has romantic types in sight. Part of the 17th-century Pažaislis Monastery complex overlooking the vast Kaunas Reservoir, this heritage hotel has 13 rooms, suites and apartments. Named after historic personalities, they feature vintage canopied four-posters, timbered ceilings and Tudor-style lattice windows. The elegant restraint accommodates modern amenities that blend in unobtrusively. The fine-dining restaurant has an award-winning wine list, featuring monastic vintages from across Europe.
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Hostel El Nido

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In Nida village on the Curonian Spit, just shy of the Russian border in southwest Lithuania, El Nido is for arty escapists. The extraordinary 98km-long (61mi) spit separates the Baltic Sea from the vast Curonian Lagoon. From the late 1800s, the lagoon-facing village flourished briefly as an artists’ and poets’ retreat – today it’s a low-key resort, in which a rustic feel and chalet-like appearance match a carefree atmosphere and odd remoteness. Doubles, quads and bunk-bed dorms wear a simple piney decor, some with private balconies.
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Dangė Hotel

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At the head of the Curonian Spit and Lagoon in port-city Klaipėda, the Dangė stands opposite the Pranas Domšaitis Gallery – ideal for arty types topping up on inspiration. Almost passing for a large family home, the four-storey house stands on a quiet street in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city. Rooms have a neat and pared-down Scandinavian feel, with wooden floors and sections of coarse russet brickwork. Loft rooms have kitchenettes and balconies.
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National Hotel

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The immaculate jade-green facade of the National lends a romantic feel to the charming Old Town cobbled-street location in Klaipėda. The 19th-century townhouse has accommodation ranging from straightforward standard rooms with rust-red carpets and awning-stripe curtains, to suites with desks, floor lamps and coffee tables. All feature local artwork, and many overlook Theatre Square or have river views. The Fat Cat gastro-bar is an atmospheric old-world den of arched windows, exposed brickwork and timbered ceilings festooned with pendant lamps.
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  • Old Mill Hotel

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    Old Mill Hotel
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    The industrial facade in Klaipėda Port betrays its heritage as the first rice mill in Lithuania – but inside the Old Mill you’ll discover a hotel geared towards comfort. Of the 32 guest rooms in this 18th-century building, the lux category are perhaps the most stylish, with updated furnishings and a spot in the mansard roof. The in-house restaurant serves a modern European menu, best eaten on the open terrace overlooking the Curonian Lagoon.
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    Urbihop Hotel

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    In the northwestern suburbs of Vilnius, the Urbihop has youthful hipster cool embedded in reinforced concrete. It fits the mood of the modern city into a hotel room, utilising the subtlety of wood and the roughness of concrete. Behind the boxy glass facade is a studied oasis of urban minimalism: big slanting windows, diagonal concrete beams, bare concrete walls textured with wooden slatted headboards, two-tone carpets and decorative filament bulbs.
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    Old Town Trio Hotel

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    On the edge of the splendid Vilnius Old Town, the Trio is a school-like building that clearly has the budget traveller in sight. Inside, the rooms and apartments are more engaging and the place is conspicuously proud of the large and modern windows. Straightforward Scandi-design and beige carpets steer the standard and superior rooms, while the apartments have stripped floors, exposed brickwork, pops of red, yellow and orange and, in some, painted antlers hanging above the bed.
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    Hotel Vilnia

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    The handsome 19th-century Vilnia building and the enviable location by Gediminas’ Castle and Bernardine Garden in Vilnius Old Town beckons well-heeled romantics. The modernised interiors are eye-catching from the lobby – think red umbrella-like pendant lamps and russet chairs with a steel-grey lattice-patterned wall above reception. Spacious rooms feature herringbone or chevron parquet and a tasteful earthy-coloured decor with muted pops of blue. The well-regarded Upė restaurant encourages a sharing meze-like approach to dining – and if you’re yearning for eel carpaccio, this is the place.
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