Best Eastern Victoria Vilnius
56 Saltoniskiu St, Vilnius, 2001, Lithuania
Good value hotel, Vilnius.
Me and a friend arrived in Vilnius in October 2005 with nowhere to stay. I did, though, have an "In Your Pocket" guide to the city which I had been scrutinising on the flight from Helsinki. In there I found an advert for the Hotel Victoria which described it as being "located in nice surroundings only 10 minutes walk from the parliament" and offering rooms from 17 Euros.
Arriving late at night, we got a taxi straight from the airport. We didn't know what the demand for hotel rooms would be like in Vilnius at this time of year and hoped that the hotel would not be fully booked. We need not have worried - tourists were thin on the ground and the hotel was operating at somewhere less than 25% capacity.
We booked in to a twin room at a cost of 139 Lits (approx 28 GBP / 42 Euros) per night, which included breakfast.
The room was en-suite, well furnished and most notably of all, very well heated. In fact, such was the heat in the room that we set off in to freezing Vilnius in short-sleeved T-shirts (but soon thought better of it!).
The room had satellite TV (although the signal was a little erratic), a fridge, a couple of chairs and a writing desk. All rooms were recently renovated when the hotel came under Swedish ownership.
Breakfast was buffet style, with a reasonable selection of cereals, yoghurts, cheese, bread, eggs and cold meats, as well as fruit juice and coffee and tea. Nothing special, but perfectly adequate.
There is a bar (the "Tropic Bar") on the third floor of the hotel but this was closed when we ventured up to have a look (it was after midnight, so may have been open earlier in the evening). The hotel also has a conference hall and meeting rooms which can be booked on request.
The staff were friendly and helpful and all spoke very good English. There was a selection of guidebooks and brochures in reception and a notice board showing the excursions that can be booked from there.
Unique Quality: The hotel is by no means the most centrally located, but the walk in to the Old Town (along the banks of the river) is a pleasant 10-15 minute stroll.
A good value hotel, a short walk from the sights.
Directions: About 10 minutes walk from the Old Town (along the banks of the river).
More about Vilnius
The Moat - Trakai Castle
Balloon tour in Vilnius, www.ballooning.lt
Beautiful St John's Church in Vilnius university
What kind of Insurance?
You state in your post to make sure you have insurance and other things and all will be well. What kind of insurance do you speak of?
Re: What kind of Insurance?
Not sure which post you are referring to- but for travelers- usually its a good TRAVEL INSURANCE.
Getting sick, being injured or seeing a doctor in a foreign country can be very costly. This insurance usually also covers lost luggage , and some items like cameras etc (provided you have proof therof)
Read the fine print of the insurance policy before you purchase.
Re: What kind of Insurance?
Depending on your nationality, you may need a Schengen visa to enter Lithuania. If you do need one, it is absolutely essential that you have proof of medical insurance.
But medical and travel insurance is absolutely essential anyway, imo.
It will cover you for cancellations, theft and loss.
Most importantly of all, it will cover you for the cost of medical treatment and repatriation.
You will have to explore what travel insurance options exist in your own country, but do not even consider travelling without it.
Travel Tips for Vilnius
Churches of Vilnius
Vilnius is also called "City of Churches" due to the fact that you can find about 40 churches of different architectural styles in the central part of the city.
On our trip we visited quite a few of these churches. I have listed them under "Things to do", but there are some more churches which we at least came across or had a quick look at.
Among them were:
The Church of the Holy Mother of God is a gothic-style orthodox church which underwent several renovations since its construction in the 14th century. It also served as university building, barracks, warehouse and even a smithery. Location: Maironio gatve 12
The oldest Baroque Church in Vilnius is the St. Casimir Church which was founded in 1604 by the Jesuits. During the Soviet occupation it was used as the museum of atheism. Location: Didzioji gatve 34
The white St. Bartholomew Church is a Catholic church which was built in its current style in the early 19th century. It can be found in Vilnius' Uzupis district.
Cards accepted but...
Just in case you don't have Lithuanian cash (litas): a few stores/supermarkets and resturants/pubs I visited accepted Visa cards (except one smaller grocery). But generally the cards were not accepted surely on street stalls, at some smaller stores and in some museums/expositions like for example the one inside the Gediminas Tower.
The most accepted cards were of Visa systen. Some ATMs didn't accept Mastercard/Eurocard, Maestro cards. American Express was rarely accepted whereas Discovery cards never.
We have unusual Christmas Tree in Vilnius !! This is TV Tower, wchich is decorated by lamps !!! The decorating started about 3 years ago, and it lasts every christmas !
Everybody who comes to Vilnius, will see this tree, because TV tower is quite big !
My Tour Guides "IRMA" & "GRAZINA"
My first daylight "DAY" (9/19/2003). We were on our way to having a good lunch somewhere in the area of the Main Street (Gedimino Avenue) and the Cathedral. But this was the first site that was familiar to me. With all the research I did in the last two years of this beautiful country...seeing things on paper and in black and white...is nothing to what the feeling is like when you see it in person, the feeling of accomplishment and I have arrived!
Selling small bouquets
In Vilnius I saw a lot of, mostly elderly, women selling small bouquets. I am not good in botany - the only flower I recognized was camomile. They sat on sidewalks or in front of churches and a lot of people bought these bouquets. Seemed to be a religious action.
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