Telecom Guest House

A Vivulskio 13a, Vilnius, LT 3221, Lithuania

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    Good value hotel, not too far from Old Town

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    We stayed at Hotel Telecom Guest for 4 nights in October 2011.

    We booked our stay through www.booking.com and paid 29 Euros per night for a double room with en-suite facilities, wired internet access and no breakfast. We paid an additional 4 Euros per person for the buffet breakfast on one of the four mornings that we were there.

    We settled our bill by credit card upon checking out at the end of our stay.

    Location

    Hotel Telecom Guest is located on Vivulskio gatve, a short distance to the west of the Old Town. It took us around 20 minutes to walk (downhill all the way!) from the hotel to the heart of the Old Town.

    The bus and train stations (located right next to each other) are a similar distance away – about 20 minutes walk south east from the hotel.

    There are plenty of restaurants close to the hotel (particularly on Algirdo gatve and Basanaviciaus gatve) and there is a Maxima supermarket close by on Mindaugo gatve.

    We arrived at the hotel from the airport in the early hours of the morning (around 3am) by taxi. Thanks to a tip on the Tripadvisor forums, we pre-booked our taxi with "Ekipazas" taxi company and the fare was a mere 9.50 Litas (less than £2.50). At the end of our stay, the hotel booked a taxi back to the airport on our behalf. We were told that it might cost 40 Litas, but actually only cost 20 Litas.

    The hotel is fairly well hidden. You need to turn off Vivulskio gatve and walk through a car park to find it. I think we'd have struggled to locate it had the taxi driver not known where it was. There is a small sign on the wall indicating where to turn in.

    Bedroom

    Our double room was fairly spacious as budget hotel rooms go.

    Despite the size of the room, the bed was on the small side. It was a proper double bed (as opposed to two singles pushed together) but Emma and I are both 6ft tall and our feet overhung the bottom of the bed. Furthermore, the duvet wasn't wide enough for the bed which meant that one person (who shall remain nameless!) tended to steal it during the night, while the other person awoke to find himself with no covers on! This wasn't a major problem as the room was well heated with a couple of radiators (and because the victim in this tale is a tolerant and forgiving sort of bloke!).

    There was a small TV set which picked up a few local channels and there was a satellite box next to the TV which I never attempted to use, but would presumably have picked up dozens more channels. Free wired Internet was available in the room, but I didn't take my netbook along on this occasion so I can't comment on the speed or reliability of the connection.

    The room also possessed a small fridge, a coffee table, a couple of chairs (one of which was a comfy armchair) and a decent sized wardrobe.

    The en-suite shower room was compact but clean; with a shower cubicle (a bit cramped and with a door that didn't close properly, but adequate for our needs), fresh towels and a few basic toiletries.

    Breakfast

    The breakfast buffet cost 4 Euros per person, per day and we only had it once during our stay.

    The buffet included cereals, yoghurts, bread, cheese, cold cuts of meat, jams and spreads, salad items and fresh fruit (oranges, apples, pears, bananas, kiwis and grapes), biscuits and cakes. A choice of coffee or tea was served by the waitress and there were jugs of orange juice and water on the buffet. It wasn't a particularly inspiring selection in all honesty, but at a cost of just 4 Euros I wouldn't complain too much.

    Breakfast is served in a small dining room behind reception which could only cater for around 10 guests without becoming uncomfortably crowded. This was not a problem during our visit as the hotel was fairly quiet.

    General

    We were a little worried when we arrived at 3am. Although the hotel offers 24 hour check-in, the reception desk is only manned until midnight; after that you have to hope that someone is awake to let you in. We rang the bell, knocked on the door and waited for a few tense minutes before a bleary eyed figure emerged from the darkness and let us in from the cold.

    The hotel has no lifts, but it is only 3 floors high. We were on the top floor and had no problems getting our luggage up the staircase to our room.

    We were able to store our luggage free of charge in a locked closet for the day after we had checked out.

    There are lots of leaflets, maps and guides available to pick up and take away from reception.

    A good value hotel in a reasonable location between the old town and the bus and train stations. Comfortable rooms and much better than I expected for the low price. I'd happily stay here again if I was ever in Vilnius.

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