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23 February 2017
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Section 18: HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS

Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in Vilnius at night.

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First Kempinski Hotel

for the Baltic states

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THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL CATHEDRAL SQUARE
 IN VILNIUSIS A FIRST FOR THE MUNICH BASED LUXURY HOTEL CHAIN.

 

The hotel reopened in 2012 in a former Grand Hotel built over 100 years ago. In the Soviet period the building was used as the central telegraph office. In Vilnius’ Unesco heritage listed old town, it offers 96 rooms and suites. During restoration workers discovered remains of the 16th century city wall, now on display below glass on the entrance to the restaurant.

Rooms have parquet floors and bathrooms feature mosaic tiles. Original architectural details have been restored and are now combined with modern funiture. Some suites have alcove balconies that overlook Cathedral Square.

There is a 76-seat restaurant ‘Telegrafas’ which serves local and Irish specialties, a lobby lounge bar, spa and conference centre.…

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Klaipėda:

Retreat to elegant
seacoast luxury!


General Manager Tobias Ammon is rightly proud of the breakfast buffet that
Radisson Blu Hotel offers its guests. Here with waitress Kristina.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Klaipeda has just celebrated its first ten years as the only truly international luxury hotel at Lithuania’s beautiful seacoast. Two months ago the hotel got a new General Manager, German Tobias Ammon (35), and I am sitting down with him in the hotel’s breakfast room this early July morning to let him explain to you, dear readers, why you should visit Klaipeda and his hotel – this summer as well as when the autumn winds already make the endless Baltic Sea waves powerfully roll in towards the port city shores.

“I must admit that I had to ask where Klaipeda is when I was offered this position, but I was astonished to see what a nice area this is, when I first came here,” tells the young manager, who now has moved here with wife and little daughter. He and his little family are now in full swing “testing Klaipeda as travel destination”, and they are using their bicycles to do exactly that!

“This area is really ideal for bikes, and we are now using our weekends to bike to the fantastic beaches in the outskirts of the city, riding through beautiful coastal pine tree forests, villages and over the wavy, green landscapes that characterise this area,” he tells.

To my question why people should come to visit this seaside town and district, Tobias answers: “First of all because of the experience. Klaipeda is still kind of a genuine, untouched place, and there is a lot to discover for those who haven’t been to this part of Lithuania or Europe. The genuine Old Town in Hanseatic style, the river, the yacht harbour, the beautiful nature, the smell of sea, combined with a long and interesting history starting in the 13th Century. In addition, Klaipeda is centrally located between the resort areas of Neringa and Palanga, The ferryboat trip over to Neringa (the Curonian Spit) takes only a few minutes. The Palanga resort town and international airport is only a 20 minutes drive from here. So this is really an ideal, central location for those who want to experience the beautiful Lithuanian seashores.”

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Yes, this is Lithuania’s national dish


What could be better. A couple of hot ‘cepelinai’ made of fresh potatoes, stuffed by
minced meat or cottage cheese. Plus a refreshing beer...

I had been told to try the Lithuanian national dish, cepelinai, which are stuffed potato dumplings, and I soon found a restaurant to give it a try. It was a quality recommendation (!) as I found the cepelinai to be a quality taste sensation. Hmmm....cepelinai. When I asked for the bill at the end, the waiter brought me another pint of beer......ah, go on then.

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Countryside in the city

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Countryside in the city – what can you find in the beautiful Valakupiu forest park just a few kilometers away from the Vilnius Old Town??

Any Vilnius resident will start having trouble finding things to do during the long winter weekends. During summer, we keep ourselves happy and busy just walking around the beautiful old town, sitting in cafes or driving to Trakai and countryside homes for weekends. Here comes the winter and by February, we are fed up with shopping centers, seen all the movies and just discouraged by the amount of clothing needed for a short stroll around the town. I myself keep dreaming about winter weekends in cozy country inns, but the reality of driving on icy country roads trying to reach the destination before early sunset has made me prefer staying within the save city limits for the winter time. Fortunately, Vilnius is a human size of a city, which means that countryside can be reached 5 km from the Cathedral Square!

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The editor’s preferred restaurants

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Lithuania offers a modern, international cuisine and service, fully on par with Western Europe.
La Provence in Vilnius Old Town is an excellent example of exactly that.

Did you think that this country mostly offers traditional food? Think again… Today’s situation is that numerous Lithuanian restaurants follow the best world traditions of offering exceptional international cuisine, as well as a number of Lithuanian masterpieces, first-class service in surroundings of refined elegance and impeccable hospitality. Modern Lithuania’s excellent cuisine together with a high class service will leave you a memorable experience.

Let me bring you to some of my favourite international cuisine restaurants, this time unfortunately only in Vilnius!

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    • Post by Aage Myhre,
      M.Sc. of Architecture, VilNews Editor-in-Chief:
      Grybas House in the Old Town of Vilnius

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      I was the architect for this Vilnius Old Town hotel back in 1994-1995; Grybas House. Lithuanian building products were still very Soviet, so I had to import windows, doors and much more from my home country Norway. But the hotel still looks fantastic, doesn't it? The hotel's web page is www.grybashouse.com

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