A historical city and one of the three Baltic capital cities, Vilnius serves as the capital of Lithuania. It is one of the largest and best-preserved cities of all three offering a mixture of various architectural styles. One of their monuments dating back to 1677, The Palace of Pacai, a former private mansion where some of the most influential Lithuanian families used to reside was utilised to build a brand new 5 star hotel which I had the chance to visit; The Hotel Pacai, a sophisticated urban retreat for the modern traveller. Located right in the heart of the old town, this hotel is minutes walk from all the major attractions the city has to offer: Gediminas Castle Tower, Vilnius Cathedral and Town Hall, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and many more...
Being a member of the design hotels group, you will found yourself immerse in a design paradise. The hotel being fairly new (opened in May 2018) consists of four interconnected historical buildings which form an inner courtyard. The structure was converted by Lithuanian architect Saulius Mikštas who preserved historical details like original frescoes and statues from the 16th century and brought in sleek modernity in the form of abundant marble and a fresh color palette.
The Hotel has 94 Rooms and 10 Suites and I had the pleasure of visiting their signature rooms : The Heritage Suite & The Pacai Suite. Between 90 and 120 square meters of space with the option of connecting both rooms together, these two suites offer a one of a kind experience to any traveller.
Palatial ceilings, immense living room with a dining area and also a balcony overlooking the old town (The Pacai Suite), the Hotel Pacai restored that feeling of grandeur the former mansion exhibited by making you take a step back to 1677 and enjoy a sensation of royalty. I definitely felt like I was part of the Royal Lithuanian Family. Nonetheless, their standard rooms aren’t to be neglected.
Your typical standard, deluxe, executive name type is being forgotten at Hotel Pacai. The emphasis of the hotel is to provide a unique hospitality experience attuned to cultural authenticity. The choice between a Countess Room, Artisan Atelier & Artisan Studio is presented to you which offers a more personalised experience.
Each room was designed in order to preserve as many authentic architectural details as possible. Furthermore, original frescoes can be found throughout the inside of the building. Unearthed wall paintings were restored, and many layers of wall paint were removed to reveal the most interesting and well-preserved layers, mostly from the Baroque period when the palace belonged to the Pacai family.
The quality of services provided is undoubtedly crucial to the success of the hotel and Hotel Pacai did not disappoint in that aspect. Expect an outstanding and personalised service right from the beginning of your check-in. Every single staff will greet you with a smile, remember your preferred coffee type at breakfast and is at your disposal for any help you may need.
Your Marriott Bonvoy status is definitely recognise and appreciated. After staying there for 12 nights, I felt a sense of familiarity and comfort. The hotel has become my home away from home whenever I am in Vilnius
Wellness & Spa
Upon entering the Pacai Spa, you automatically feel a sense of "sacredness," such as the feeling of an ashram. Quiet and peaceful, it offers luxurious therapies, soothing environments, and an unique approach to well- being all unify to create an elevated state of rejuvenation and renewal. I had the pleasure of trying their sauna which is a delight after a hard work out. There is unfortunately no pool or jacuzzi in the facility.
I highly recommend taking the breakfast as it offers various options for your liking. Also the Hotel Pacai offers multiple choices when it comes to Food and Drinks:
NINETEEN18 - Hotel Pacai’s intimate 27-seat restaurant presenting local tradition through innovative tasting menus.
14 HORSES Brasserie - Located on the Didžioji Street side of the hotel. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 14 Horses offers a highly seasonal menu inspired by Baltic heritage and New Nordic cuisine.
SOFIJA Bar - A contemporary bar ideal for a cocktail and smaller plates, the atmosphere is buzzy yet intimate, and standout dishes include fried Lithuanian garlic bread with warm cheese and fermented garlic dip or hasselback Jerusalem artichokes. The bar is open throughout the day, serving coffee, Champagne, cocktails, and a playful selection of snacks and Baltic street food dishes.
I’ve only had the opportunity to taste a dish from the Nineteen18 and the quality is at a high standard. Delicious roast chicken served with a sweet potato and salad; presentation and taste was up to part. A good avant-gout of what the Baltic cuisine has to offer.
Combining historical elements with a present-day design can seem quite challenging however the Hotel Pacai is a prime example of a successful blend between the two genres. It showcases elegance in the materials and heighten the structure of the classical 17th century style this former palace was known for.
Its place in Vilnius is definitely justified as a cultural hub in the old town and guests will be able to enjoy the local art, museums and iconic restaurant and delicious food that makes Vilnius one of the most contemplated Baltic city in Europe.
Didžioji g. 7,
Vilnius 01128, Lituania