As with other Baltic cities, Radisson is the predominant hospitality chain in Vilnius. Radisson has given its name to two properties here – the Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in the middle of the Old Town and the one where I stayed – the Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, right on the riverbank of the new town. While the exterior isn’t the newest, the hotel must have just gone through a major renovation, as everything was very modern and perfectly designed, from the lobby to the bedrooms.
Check-in was insanely fast – in fact, the front desk agent must have been waiting for me. No passport or credit card was necessary. I mentioned my name and my keys were in my hand. Fantastic! A few more seconds of joyful explanations about the hotel and I was on my way to my room on the 17th floor.
The business class room I was upgraded to was in perfect shape. It was like a mini suite with a large space between the sofa area and the twin beds. The desk area was right in the middle and the bathroom was adjacent (it had dual doors so you could walk the entire room by going through the bathroom).
I found the beds to be too soft and since they weren’t joined together they were also rather tight.
The shower wasn’t great at all, however; there was precious little water pressure and it was difficult to set the water to a normal temperature, so it was either too hot or too cold.
The view from the 17th floor over Vilnius was superb and while the weather was atrocious on the day of my arrival, it provided awesome sunrise and sunset views later.
There are two malls right next to the hotel (but you still need to take your jacket to make it to either) and the pedestrian bridge connects you to the Old Town of Vilnius within 15 minutes.
The room had a very responsive heating/cooling system and whatever temperature you set it to would be maintained in the room within 10 minutes.
Lithuania is supposed to have the world’s fastest internet and I had a hard time finding the limit of the hotel’s internet – it was extremely fast!
The hotel includes a complimentary buffet breakfast for all guests and at 8AM the cafe area was packed with conference guests. The buffet breakfast was solid, but the selection and items seemed a step down from my stay at the Radisson Blu Daugava in Riga (or maybe I was just tired of the very similar breakfast spread).
Also, the espresso at this hotel was ridiculously bad, which did not help.
This Radisson Blu has a major gym and sauna area (which I did not visit), that is likely very modern like the rest of the hotel.
Vilnius has a rogue taxi problem. Unbeknownst to me, they love preying on people in front of hotels. This hotel works with a legit taxi company but taxis need to be requested. There is Uber in town, but it surges quiet frequently. The cab we got had a taxi meter – but it was fiddled and showed an outrageous amount already at the next intersection. After some back and forth (and taking pictures of the taxi license) the rogue driver dropped it down to a reasonable rate. So try to avoid random taxis at the hotel.
Check-out took seconds as there was no paperwork – all that was required was to insert my credit card and five seconds later I was on my way. Gotta love that.
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