Choosing a hotel in Vilnius was tricky but in the end, I settled on the brand new, Artagonist Hotel (check them out here), and let me tell you, this was possibly one of the best decisions I could have made!
We didn’t land in Vilnius until 9pm thanks to the annoying flight times from Manchester, and after having to give our taxi driver directions (the only problem with booking a brand new hotel), we pulled up outside the pretty blue building that housed the Artagonist Hotel.
Not sure what to expect, we were instantly greeted by a warm smile, incredible art work (I can see where the name the Artagonist Art Hotel comes from) and no queue! As we were checking in, the receptionist informed us that we had been given a room upgrade (score!) and our standard room had been updated to a ‘business’ room. (I saved the over obvious celebration until we were out of sight!).
Check-in was super speedy and within no time at all we were being whizzed up in the glass lift to our room. After taking the wrong turn out of the lift, and getting a bit lost in the corridors, we finally found our room (this was my poor sense of direction, not the hotels fault, it’s actually very clearly signed, oops!).
As I opened the door to our room at the Artagonist Hotel and glanced into the room I was over joyed by what I saw. The room was huge, bright and airy, had a kick ass bathroom with beautiful toiletries, the all-important bathrobes and slippers and an epic shower. Heading back out of the bathroom I spotted the stunning piece of artwork above our bed, it was safe to say I was in love with this room!
As I started to explore the room and open the drawers etc (as I am sure everyone does) I discovered a fancy coffee maker, electric safe, minibar and even some charcoal water! Even more awesome was the little technological device on the wall that controlled the entire room, from the lights to the temperature, it even had a ‘romance’ setting. Fancy.
We ventured down to the basement floor of the Artagonist Hotel and stepped out into another beautifully decorated room. It was all white and reminded me of being in a cave room in Santorini. The walls were adorned with yet more awesome street art, the ceiling had these crazy square lights that I kinda want to replicate at home but I don’t have the space to pull it off!
We were greeted and asked for our hot drinks order, than led to our table. Our table was kitted out with fresh orange juice and some more charcoal water and the usual condiments and cutlery. The breakfast was a well-stocked buffet with eggs, cereals, cheeses, meats, pancakes, fruit and yoghurt. There was even free sparkling wine to accompany your morning feast! There was also an a la carte breakfast menu, at no extra charge!
This was one thing I really, really loved about the Artagonist hotel. They appreciated that small things make a huge difference, like not charging extra for a la carte breakfast items, it really frustrates me when you book a room with breakfast but you then have to pay extra for certain hot food!
To be honest though, the buffet was that extensive, that I only made use of this option the once. I ordered a mushroom and spinach omelette and not only was it delicious, but it was huge! The breakfast at this hotel will certainly set you up for the day!
All the fancy artwork, awesome food and beautiful bathrooms aside, it is the staff that really makes this hotel. I have never been treated quite like it. Every time I left the Artagonist Hotel they said hello, asked me about my plans for the day, offered suggestions for sightseeing and places to eat and made general chat to get to know us. We had the same treatment whenever we came back to the hotel at the end of the day. Every single member of staff we came across, from receptionists to cleaners to waiters, gave incredible service. I felt like I was an individual in this hotel, not just one of many guests, and that they genuinely wanted to make sure I had the most incredible stay, not just in the hotel but also in Vilnius.
The location of the Artagonist Hotel was awesome. It was located on one of the main streets in Vilnius, Pilies, and it is less than a 5 minute walk to the Cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Dukes, a 2 minute walk to Vilnius University, less than a 10 minute walk to the Gates of Dawn and only a 15 minute drive from/to the airport. There are also numerous bars, restaurants and souvenir shops right on your doorstep and, if you stay during Kaziuko Muge, as I did, the street directly outside the hotel plays host to part of the fair.
We paid £240 for 3 nights in a standard room. We were very lucky to be upgraded to a business room, I believe this room would costs around £130 per night, which after my experience, is 100% worth it! In fact, when you compare it to hotels of the same standard, it’s a steal!!
In case you hadn’t already realised, I freakin’ love this hotel!! There was absolutely nothing I could fault! If ever I am back in Vilnius I would stay here without hesitation and I feel like all future hotels are going to be compared to this one. The décor was fabulous, the service outstanding and the breakfast was just a delicious feast. If ever you are in Vilnius, I urge you to book a stay here!
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