An off-season journey in the Nordic region wouldn't be complete without exploring unique indoor havens that offer a selection of accommodations to suit different preferences. From spiritual serenity to historical charm and modern luxury, Vilnius offers an array of unforgettable indoor experiences, ensuring a memorable adventure.
November 9, 2023. Vilnius, Lithuania, extends a range of unique indoor experiences to complement the allure of its outdoor adventures. Travelers can discover diverse options, whether they are in search of spiritual serenity, historical ambiance, or modern comfort. The city provides unique accommodations — such as a yoga ashram, former monastery, Turkish-inspired Airbnb, or glass dome in the forest.
Here is a list of 7 unique accommodations in Vilnius for an unforgettable experience.
Sleep with yogis: Mai Ram Yoga House. Located in a tranquil corner of Vilnius Old Town, on a winding medieval street, Mai Ram Yoga House welcomes those seeking a spiritually immersive experience of a true yogi. The ashram’s central location means one can get lost in the busy life of the picturesque city center, and then unwind within its welcoming walls. The former Augustinian monastery — dating back to the late 18th century — has been fully renovated and now offers exclusive yogi-style accommodation. The rooms are thoughtfully designed and echo original 19th-century interior, creating a perfect retreat for travelers seeking to focus on the classical teaching of yoga and holistic well-being. Guests have an opportunity to participate in yoga classes, meditation sessions, and wellness activities, making their stay not just a night's rest but a peaceful journey of self-discovery. Those looking to blend spirituality with some nightlife will find the bustling pedestrian Savičius street just around the corner, full of little restaurants and bars.
Resting as peacefully as a monk: Domus Maria. Located by the Gates of Dawn and Church of St. Teresa — a masterpiece of 17th-century Baroque architecture — this historic boutique hotel offers a monastery experience for travelers seeking authentic lodging. Set in a former 400-year-old Discalced Carmelite convent, the hotel merges the architectural elegance of the Baroque era with the contemporary comforts of modern luxury. The hotel offers rooms that were once monastery cells, with the same views of the Old Town and serene monastery courtyards as hundreds of years ago, when monks used to live here. Each room is thoughtfully designed to recreate the ambiance of an original 17th-century cell but with a modern touch. With its central location, Domus Maria offers easy access to Vilnius' iconic landmarks, including the Cathedral Square and Gediminas’ Tower.
Cultural comfort: Turkish-inspired Airbnb experience. Situated in an authentic bohemian Užupis district, historically known for housing artists and numerous art galleries, a meticulously designed Turkish-themed apartment awaits those looking to explore Vilnius' creative side. The apartment is overflowing with textures, colours, and Oriental details. The bathroom exudes the ambiance of a Moroccan hammam, featuring beautiful finishings with large black granite surfaces and handcrafted corner cabinets. A double skylight in the bedroom provides an uninterrupted view of the starry night sky, creating a peaceful open-space feeling. Local-style cafes, quirky bakeries, and modern restaurants are in close reach as Užupis has recently turned into an upscale district, without losing its artistic charm - and has even proclaimed itself as an independent artists’ republic with its own Constitution.
5-star service in nature: Forest Domes. Just a 30-minute drive away from Vilnius, Forest Domes offers an escape from the daily routine and distractions of modern life. Set in the tranquil village of Kuosinė, glass domes is a retreat with a forest-like atmosphere, situated within an isolated sand quarry now turned into a hilly pine park. Positioned to provide privacy and equipped for stays ranging from a single night to an entire week, the three domes immerse guests in serene natural surroundings. Each dome features a private terrace complete with a hot tub and grill area, providing a tranquil setting to enjoy peaceful evenings while watching sunsets and listening to the soothing sounds of birds.
Art doesn't live only in galleries: Artagonist Hotel. Set in an authentic 15th-century building within the heart of Vilnius' Old Town, Artagonist Hotel takes on the character of an art gallery, combining historical elements with contemporary features. The hotel is a testament to artistic expression, featuring not only paintings but also sculptures, murals, and light installations. Some of the rooms showcase parts of the original walls from the 15th century and a collection of handcrafted pieces, exclusively created by Lithuanian artists. The hotel is a mere 3-minute walk away from iconic landmarks like Town Hall Square, Church of St. Johns, and Cathedral Square.
Panoramic bed with a wide-range city view: St. Palace Hotel. Situated in the heart of Vilnius, St. Palace Hotel offers a superior and one-of-a-kind interior, characterized by its intricate combination of antique and elegant details, with each room and suite featuring a unique design. Travelers seeking the ultimate experience can enjoy their stay in an exceptional YOLO Panoramic Suite with large panoramic windows, providing scenic views of the Old Town rooftops. This suite is popular for those embarking on romantic getaways, honeymoons, memorable weekend escapes, and even doing special photoshoots. St. Palace is located on the historical Gates of Dawn Street, where one can discover a variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. On this street, travelers can find a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most famous Renaissance paintings in Lithuania known worldwide.