As someone who was born and raised in Vilnius, coming back with my fiancé for a visit, my main goal was to find a clean and inexpensive hotel in the city center for our 8 night stay. Neringa, while not the best hotel in the city, was a great choice for us.
While rooms are on a smaller side, they are clean and the bed was relatively comfy (although, they don’t just give you a single queen-sized comforter for your double room… instead you get two twin-sized comforters. Weird, I know). We had the room that was facing the inner courtyard and it was very quiet. While I know we had neighbors during our week-long stay and walls tend to be thin in Soviet era buildings, I almost never heard anything while in the room. I would imagine that the rooms facing Gedimino Avenue are noisier… since there are 2 restaurants right underneath the hotel.
Bathroom was also on a smaller side, but plenty of counter space for my toiletries. BUT, beware of slippery tub!! It sits high up and there is no rubbery coating in the tub, so for American travelers (although standard in Lithuania) that could be quite a shock. Hang on to something with both hands while climbing in and out of the tub. And if you are an older traveler, it might be just downright dangerous. But… they do have heated floors!!:) I mean, I’d rather have them spend money on putting rubber mats into the tub, but it is certainly very nice to step out of the shower on a warm floor (the switch is outside the bathroom). Towels MUST be upgraded… they are so rough and thin, that you get exfoliated every time you use one.
No AC in rooms and I’d be very careful staying here during summer months when it can get REALLY hot. Heating is controlled by the city… it gets turned on when the temperatures drop (around October) and turned off around March, even though it doesn’t get warm until May. The hotel does offer a portable heater, which works quite well and heats up the room rather fast.
Breakfast… If you have a choice, skip continental breakfast, unless it’s included in your room rate (just don’t pay extra for it). If breakfast is not included, you can still eat at the hotel from Neringa’s breakfast menu (do not pay 35 Litas for continental breakfast, it’s cheaper to order from the menu) or get out and explore other places. We found breakfast at Neringa to be just ok and overpriced, definitely catering to tourists as it has been for decades during Soviet occupation. The kithen over salts pretty much everything… but coffee here is very good. There is a good creperie just down the Gedimino Avenue; make a left after exiting the hotel and walk down the street until McDonalds. Once you pass it, you’ll see outside tables set up on your left next to a book store. They offer a million of different stuffed crepes, potato pancakes and other dishes, but the service is slow.
Reception staff was kind and helpful, and everyone we spoke to had very good English. I left Vilnius in 2000 and my Lithuanian is getting a bit rusty… so I used a combo of Lithuanian, Russian and English to communicate and they were very patient with me.
Location, location, LOCATION!!! If you are in Vilnius for a few days or a few weeks, you must stay close to the city center or old town. Hotels in Old town tend to be more expensive but just a short walk from Neringa. It’s really a prime location and the best way to explore Vilnius is, like most European cities, by foot. You can always catch a cab, which are relatively inexpensive in Vilnius, although it’s always cheaper to call one in than catching it on a street.
Overall and regardless of a few small annoyances I’ve mentioned above, we had a good stay in Neringa and I would stay there again for the price we paid (around $70/night).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neringa Hotel is situated on the main avenue of central Vilnius – Gedimino avenue. It offers perfect accommodation whether you're on a business trip or on holiday. The hotel welcomes guests in 60 spacious air-conditioned rooms with twin or queen sized beds, telephones, flat screen TV, minibars, hair dryers and free coffee/tea. Neringa hotel has a conference room, a business center and a library. Guests can relax at mini gym (free entry) and in relaxation area with sauna and massage mini-pool. The hotel has a small car parking lot - please contact reception for reservations and prices. Free internet is always included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scandic Neringa Vilnius
- Scandic Neringa Hotel Vilnius