Just to start off - I was born and raised in New York City and I am well traveled.
I had no specific expectations upon arriving at the Grotthuss Hotel. I like to travel off-the-beaten-track and love to really see a city's culture (rather than just staying at a consistent chain hotel or enduring the almost always horrendous resort experience). Nonetheless, I also appreciate a certain amount of luxury and a well-run and maintained business when staying at local accommodations.
Grotthuss Hotel surpassed my expectations. My room was somewhat small but quite aesthetically pleasing and well equipped. The bathroom was spacious and beautiful. The light, balcony and skylights lovely, fresh fruit basket, incredible bedding (immediately after leaving Grotthuss I stayed at a supposedly comparable hotel in London with horrific bedding and none of Grotthuss' amenities).
The Grotthuss staff was super professional and informed (at times seemingly reserved (cultural) but over time chatted with us) and were so kind and resourceful! The hotel restaurant boasts wonderful food and a incredibly professional waiter who really knows his stuff! After a few days of touring the city he chatted with us more intensely, recommended a superb wine and affirmed an idea for a dinner restaurant we'd scouted.
Also, in my ultimate dreams, the breakfast buffet at the Grotthuss Hotel will be there when I wake up for the rest of my life. I have stayed at really luxury places a few times and I have to say, this buffet was so much more spectacular quality-wise in comparison.
If you love a spread of brown breads, croissants, natural cereals and granolas, un-industialized fruits and vegetables, yogurts and dairy products, incredibly fresh fish and cured meats etc, this is the spread for you!!!
My dreams are honestly still haunted by this breakfast that was included for us everyday. There is no way I could re-create this in New York.
This is a wonderful little hotel, in a wonderful little old city and country, with an extensive and intense past, COMPLETELY worth visiting. I cant wait to come here again and THANK YOU Grotthuss Hotel staff, Vilnius and Lithuania! I am happy that I visited this town to walk the streets my great- grandmother walked as a girl.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Grotthuss hotel is located on an idyllic cobble-stone street in the heart of Vilnius' Old Town secured by UNESCO, within several minutes walking distance of all the major points of interest (Town hall only 3 min. away).The hotel offers 20 beautifully appointed rooms and suites with original paintings and artworks. The aristocratic atmosphere and elegant service, along with all conveniences to modern life, including Internet access in all hotel (ISDN in rooms + Wifi everywhere), makes this the ideal hotel for the discerning business traveler.The restaurant "La Pergola" with a beautiful terrace is ideal place to have a lunch or dinner with a glass of wine in a good company. You will be surrounded by our waitress attention and elegance. Our restaurant "La Pergola" is one of the leading gourmet restaurants in Vilnius, with a wide wine selection. Our sommelier will recommend for You most impressive wine to each dishes. Our restaurant is away from city noise, rush You will find a coziness and calm, our guests are calling "it is a pearl in a shell". The shell is a part of ancient Vilnius city wall. To meet business partners and colleagues we recommend Cellar Bar, where You will have Your time to settle everything up. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grotthuss Hotel Vilnius