May 27, 2024
Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, a luxurious home in the center.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius

The oldest luxury hotelier in Europe, Kempinski, has a long history that stretches back to 1897. It has the best reputation in the Baltic region. In the heart of Old Town, the 93-room Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius is a marvel. We spent a weekend being enchanted by the upscale hospitality of Lithuania.

Review of Grand Hotel Kempinski in Vilnius

A very convenient place

You want to be in or as close to Old Town as you can be when visiting Vilnius. Thus, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius is the most sought-after address in the city. It is located directly on the main plaza, close to Vilnius Cathedral and Gediminas Hill. When based here, a vehicle is rarely needed, thus we spent the whole weekend traveling by foot.

Old Town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and most of its original Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical architecture has been maintained. The instant you set foot on the cobblestone pavement, you are fascinated.

We suggest Viator’s Explore Vilnius walking tour for a more thorough look at the city. This 2.5-hour trip is led by a native who shows you both well-known attractions and lesser-known jewels while describing the fascinating histories of each. The platform offers visitors the possibility to eat with a local family in their home for an even more genuine experience in the Old Town.

The Superior Room

There are 93 different room and suite options, all of which are furnished and kept in a regal manner. Chandeliers with elaborate shades rise over furniture made of mahogany and maroon. Although it was in the hotel’s lower class, our Deluxe Room had ample space for us to relax. Unexpectedly for a non-suite choice, this one included a full-sized deep soaking tub surrounded with mosaic. In keeping with previous Kempinski homes we’d seen, the amenities were by Salvatore Ferragamo, and there was a separate shower.

Prior to our arrival, we received an email with a form asking about preferences such as the sort of drinking water we preferred and the firmness of our king-sized bed. We requested additional scented pillows, which were given to us and had a camomile tea flavor.

The bed is located across from a big Samsung television, and to our right was a great, unobstructed view of Cathedral Square. You see the visitors and the well-groomed residents going about their daily business outside while wrapped in a robe and having their hands warmed with Nespresso.

A sizable wooden desk connected by power outlets in the room may also be used for conducting business. You must have a European power adaptor with you in order to use them. Additionally, the room offers a large wardrobe with a built-in safe and mini-bar. The toilet has a night light that can be reached from both the bathroom and the corridor. When sharing with a buddy you don’t want to disturb, this is extremely useful.

Food and Beverage

Restaurant Telegrafas is the main dining establishment of Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius. It is well-known in Lithuania for providing Modern European cuisine in a stylish setting illuminated by hanging abstract paintings. As its flagship restaurant, customers visit here not just for supper but also for lunch and weekend brunch. Although we were unable to eat there, we still appreciated the location for the early breakfast buffet. During the warmer months, ask for a table on the balcony; there’s one in the corner that has a great view of Vilnius Cathedral Square.

Atelier Wine Boutique is the hotel’s in-house wine bar. You may choose from a large range of more than 500 bottles here. Other famous on-site food and beverage establishments include Dukes Gastrobar, a laid-back all-day hangout serving seafood and sandwiches with a glass of champagne or a creative cocktail. Le Café, with its display cabinet of baked goods, is also located in the foyer and serves teatime delicacies.

Finnish sauna and other spa treats

Hotel guests have access to the Baltic spa, which features a stylish indoor pool that serves as the center of your R&R experience. A leisure area, a fitness center, and our favorite spot—a Finnish sauna that is located at the end of the pool and offers a place to work up a sweat while enjoying a view—support it. Due to the fact that this was a weekday visit and that it is a boutique hotel, we had the place to ourselves for two hours.

If they like, guests can upgrade with a massage or beauty service. Scrubs, massages, and facials are available at the spa. A seductive Baltic Journey treatment that combines the whole thing with aromatherapy caught our eye.

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