On my previous visit to Vilnius, I stayed in one of the Two Radisson Blu properties in the city. The last time I stayed in a Radisson in fact. This time around, it was either IHG or Marriott. There was a Crowne Plaza, a Holiday Inn or a Courtyard to choose from. All were roughly the same price. In the end, I went for the Courtyard, as this looked to be the newer property.
The downside of this though was that it was a little way out of town. Although as the Crowne Plaza was a long way from town, and the Holiday Inn wasn’t too far from the Courtyard, it wasn’t an issue.
- Finnair Airbus A350, London Heathrow – Helsinki, Economy Plus
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- Courtyard by Marriott, Vilnius
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- NoRRA ATR72, Vilnius – Helsinki, Economy
- Finnair Platinum Wing, Helsinki
- Finnair Airbus A330, Helsinki – London Heathrow, Economy Plus
I was given the option of checking in online. However as it seemed like a pointless exercise on all the previous stays, I didn’t bother on this occasion.
So it came as no surprise when the check in process wasn’t any different whatsoever when I reached the hotel. What was a surprise though is that there wasn’t any need for a second swipe of the card. In fact, as I had pre paid, they didn’t even need to see my card. Perfect!
I was allocated a room on the 7th, and top floor of the hotel.
Due to it being right next to the lift shaft, it wasn’t your standard hotel room. As you entered, you were right into the bedroom.
Whilst not being the biggest room I’ve ever had, it had all the amenities you could want. At the far end of the room was a small chair and table.
Also provided was tea and coffee making facilities, along with a decent sized TV.
One feature of the TV I was a fan of was how easy it was to stream from your device to it.
Also featured was a PowerPoint next to the bed, along with a small clock.
The bathroom featured a walk in shower as opposed to a bath.
The standard Courtyard amenities were provided.
Also offered on site at the Courtyard Vilnius was a bar, restaurant and pantry area with a number of snacks and drinks to purchase.
In all, this was a great hotel. It seemed brand new, had a good range of facilities on site and all the staff I encountered were friendly enough.
One major downside however was the location. It was more than a little way out of town. From the main train station, it was more than a fair walk, even heading out for dinner, it was a good 15 minute walk to one of the shopping centres in the area.
There did appear to be a decent amount of public transportation in the area though, so its not totally impossible to access.