Apr142017

Ramada Vilnius Lithuania Hotel Review – notably luxurious for brand

The InYourPocket city guide for Vilnius, Lithuania lists six hotels in the city as ‘cream of the crop’. Kempinski Cathedral Square and Relais & Chateaux are two luxury hotel brands you might expect to find of the list. Radisson Blu Royal Astorija is in a great city center location. The Narutis is a centuries old historic Old Town hotel. Vilnius Grand Resort is a countryside resort.

Ramada Hotel and Suites Vilnius is the sixth 5-star hotel in the list of Vilnius ‘cream of the crop’ properties. It is located 130 meters from Radisson Blu in the center of Old Town Vilnius.

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The phrase luxurious Ramada might seem like an oxymoron, but I can assure you this hotel has many of the features you will find in other city center 5-star luxury hotels.

First of all, the location of Ramada is excellent for a visit to Vilnius. I stayed in Vilnius for 5 nights in April 2016 when IHG Rewards Club offered Crowne Plaza Vilnius on PointBreaks. The hotel there was fine, but the location made for a long walk of nearly 3 km to Old Town Vilnius.

More importantly is the service is top notch at the hotel and room decor is not what you generally expect for a Wyndham Ramada brand hotel.

Ramada Vilnius

Wyndham Rewards GoFast rate 3,000 Points + 62 EUR

Room rates at Ramada Vilnius for my date of travel started at 141 EUR ($150) for a double bed room.

Wyndham Rewards GoFree room is 15,000 points or GoFast cash and points reward night is currently 62 EUR ($66) + 3,000 points.

Redeeming 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points to save $84 is a great redemption value. My travel plan was a 2-night stay at the 3-star Days Inn Riga, Latvia the following week for 28 EUR per night to earn more than 3,000 Wyndham Rewards points for a 56 EUR ($60) hotel stay.

Effectively, I booked 3 hotel nights for my 7 night trip in the Baltics, including the 141 EUR Ramada Vilnius for 118 EUR net expense ($126 or $42 per night).

Ramada Gold Tv

Gold framed large flat screen TV and marble desktop at Ramada Vilnius.

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High ceilings gave the room a spacious feel.

Ramada coffee

Voss water in the room at 8 EUR per bottle is something you don’t expect to find in a Ramada. Caffitaly pod coffee is complimentary.

Decor details in the room are one of the aspects I enjoyed about the hotel.

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Dangling crystals draping down wall lamps.

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Gold screen over room heating radiator beside marble desk top.

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Welcome Amenities

At check in I received a welcome drink coupon for a free glass of wine, soft drink, juice or water at California Tapas and Wine, the hotel bar.

To my dismay, the bar told me the coupon was not valid for a glass of beer.

In my room was an envelope with a 15 EUR dinner voucher for Imperial Restaurant, the hotel’s premium dining establishment.

There were also two small fresh baked muffins on the desk in my room, cutely-wrapped with a red ribbon bow from the Imperial.

Ramada Imperial muffins

The muffin was tasty. I packed the other muffin in my bag for a morning walk snack and ended up giving it away to a beggar on the streets following me asking for food money. Generally I have not encountered many street people begging in Lithuania. A city like Stockholm has far more people on the streets begging from tourists.

Ramada room view

Room view from 4th floor. The building across the enclosed courtyard houses the Republic of Malta Consulate.

Bathroom

The bathroom had a few nice touches too. 

Ramada rain shower

Rainshower.

Ramada Clarins soap

Clarins hand soap.

Ramada sink

Towel heater rack is fantastic for washing laundry with overnight drying.

Close up vanity mirror also a nice feature.

Ramada towel rack

Ramada Dining

Breakfast at the hotel in the Amber Lounge was included in room rate.

Ramada Amber Lounge

The notable aspect of breakfast was seeing waitresses wear white gloves. Standard breakfast fare with pastries, some hot foods and fruit. There was also the option of ordering off the menu.

Ramada breakfast (2)

Imperial Restaurant

Imperial Restaurant

I did not eat at Imperial Restaurant during my hotel stay.

Lobby Sitting Room

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CNN on the TV

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Awards and a photo of Lithuanian prime ministers who have stayed at hotel were items on counter below TV.

Ramada famous guests

Wall of Famous Guests include musical artists like Sting, Roxette, Jean Michael Jarre, Enrique Iglesias and Nazareth. There are many other names I did not recognize, like Sergey Bezrukov, a Russian actor.

Fitness Center

The work out room is relatively small and tucked away at the end of hallway and down a stairway. Honestly, I don’t recall what equipment was in the room. I walked in, glanced around and left without a photo due to two women cleaning the equipment.

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Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius is a fine hotel option when staying in Vilnius, Lithuania. I actually changed my flight plans on my WOW Air ticket for San Francisco to Copenhagen to change flights in Iceland for Wizz Air to Vilnius for the opportunity to stay at Ramada Vilnius before heading to Kaunas, Lithuania.

I hope to return to Ramada Vilnius in summer 2017. This property provides exceptional value for Wyndham Rewards points.

Here is my article about Ramada Vilnius from April 2016 with photos of several room types, including luxury suites.

Loyalty Traveler – Five Star Ramada Hotel & Suites Vilnius, Lithuania (April 10, 2016).

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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