Vilnius, the charming capital of Lithuania, is often overlooked by travellers on a short Baltics itinerary who tend to favour the other Baltic capitals of Tallinn or Riga. This is undoubtedly a great shame, as Vilnius has a lot to offer travellers with several interesting neighbourhoods that are perfect for a few days of exploring. Wondering where to stay in Vilnius? This article outlines all the best places to stay including a number of great hotels and hostel options in each area of Vilnius.
Want a quick answer? The best places to stay in Vilnius for tourists is in the Old Town. These are some of the top accommodation picks:
Budget Hostel: Jimmy Jumps House/Hostel
Mid-Range Hotel: Hotel Rinno
Luxury Hotel: Grand Hotel Kempinski
Private Rental: Very Vilnius Stikliu street
Where to stay in Vilnius Old Town
If it’s your first trip to the Lithuanian capital, then you can’t go wrong with staying in the Old Town.
The Old Town is one of the largest in Europe and contains a number of the city’s most famous attractions including Town Hall Square, the old Jewish Quarter, St Anne’s Church and Vilnius Cathedral. Due to the Old Town’s size, it also doesn’t feel as claustrophobic as other nearby historical centres such as in Tallinn.
Overall, if you’re wondering where to stay in Vilnius, haven’t visited the city before and are predominately visiting to see the city as a tourist then the Old Town is likely the best choice for you.
Best Hotels in Vilnius Old Town
Hotel Rinno – This elegant hotel is classically decorated making it perfect for travellers who want to feel as if they’ve stepped back in time. This hotel is also located on the borders of the Old Town, near the New Town and offers a fantastic buffet breakfast. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Click here to see their latest prices
Old Town Trio – A stylish hotel located on the edge of Vilnius’ Old Town, there
Grand Hotel Kempinski – One of the best options for where to stay in Vilnius if you’re after a luxury option. They offer a range of rooms, each with access to their state-of-the-art spa and gym facilities as well as a restaurant with breakfast served daily on site. Click here to see their latest prices
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Best Private Rentals in Vilnius Old Town
Very Vilnius Stikliu street – Located in the centre of Vilnius’ Old Town, this two-bedroom apartment is perfect for a longer stay in the Lithuanian capital. Sleeping up to 6 people, it is well laid out and has a modern kitchen and living area. Click here to see their latest prices
Luxury apartment in Pilies street – A lovely apartment that’s perfect for couples who want to stay in the Old Town. It is classically decorated but has a modern kitchen and bathroom Click here to see their latest prices
Best Hostels in Vilnius Old Town
Jimmy Jumps House/Hostel – One of the highest rated hostels in Vilnius, this is one of the best places to stay for solo travellers or those looking to meet other people in the Lithuanian capital. They offer both dorms and private rooms, a free waffle breakfast every morning and their friendly staff will help organise your time in Vilnius. Click here to see their latest prices
Mikalo House – Located in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, this hostel also has a range of different dorms and private rooms available. There is a large fully equipped kitchen for travellers wanting to make their own meals and there is also a private yard and balcony for visitors to enjoy. Click here to see their latest prices
Pogo Hostel – Located next to the Vilnius Cathedral, this hostel creates a homely and social atmosphere perfect for travellers wanting to meet travellers but also have a quiet stay. Rooms are creatively decorated and there is an option to choose from a variety of private rooms and dorms. Click here to see their latest prices
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Where to stay in Uzupis
Located across the Vilnia River from Vilnius’ Old Town, Uzupis is a sanctuary for artists and creative types who have declared this part of the city an Independent Republic in the vein of Christiania in Copenhagen.
While there are no actual border crossings to get to this part of the city, guards can ceremonially stamp your passports once a year on their Independence Day on the 1st of April.
Uzupis is one of the best areas to stay in Vilnius if you want to be close to a number of great restaurants, cafes and bars as well as some fantastic street art.
Best Hotels in Uzupis
Mabre Residence – Located just across the river from Uzupis, this classically designed hotel is perfect if you want to be near Uzupis but also has easy access to the Old Town. Rooms are incredibly spacious, breakfast is included and guests can enjoy access to sauna and pool facilities. Click here to see their latest prices
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Best Private Rentals in Uzupis
Uzupis apartments – Located in the heart of Uzupis, this spacious apartment has a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy a morning coffee and is furnished with modern furniture and appliances. Click here to see their latest prices
Angel Wing Apartamentai – Located in a recently renovated historical building, this one-bedroom apartment is perfect for couples looking for a base to explore Vilnius. Click here to see their latest prices
Best Hostels in Uzupis
Downtown Forest Hotel & Camping – A unique hostel where the building is surrounded by nature. They offer both dorm and private rooms and aim to create a social and welcoming atmosphere. There is a lovely outdoor terrace and also a campground for travellers on a tight budget. Click here to see their latest prices
Filaretai Hostel – A basic hostel located in Uzupis that offers both dorms and private rooms. There is a big kitchen, a common area with foosball table and friendly staff that will help plan your trip to Vilnius. Click here to see their latest prices
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Where to stay in Vilnius New Town (Naujamiestis)
Vilnius’ New Town, known locally as Naujamiestis, is a fantastic area to stay in Vilnius if you want to explore the more modern part of the city centre.
The buildings here are unique from the Old Town as they were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries in a grand style reminiscent of Central European cities such as Budapest or Vienna.
It is perfect for travellers who want to come to Vilnius to enjoy some affordable shopping but also remain within walking distance of the Old Town.
Naujamiestis is also where the bus and train stations are located, making it a convenient area to stay in Vilnius if you have an early train or bus to catch.
Best Hotels in Vilnius New Town
Comfort Hotel LT – Rock ‘n’ Roll Vilnius – Undoubtedly one of the most unique hotels in Vilnius, this rock and roll themed hotel is filled with interesting pictures and decorated in an original style. Rooms are modern and clean, a great breakfast is included and guests have access to a 24-hour gym. Click here to see their latest prices
Ratonda Centrum Hotel – A modern boutique hotel located in the heart of the New Town and within walking distance of the Old Town. Rooms are incredibly spacious, offer a small workspace and are air-conditioned. Buffet breakfast is included and there is also a fitness centre and bar on site. Click here to see their latest prices
15th Avenue – A stylish and modern hotel located in the north of Vilnius’ New Town. It is located within a few minutes walk to the Old Town and rooms have all the expected amenities. Breakfast is not included in the room rate but is available for an additional fee. Click here to see their latest prices
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Best Private Rentals in Vilnius New Town
Cozy Dream Apartment – This studio apartment is located in the centre of Vilnius New Town, near a number of restaurants and shops while still being within walking distance of the Old Town. Click here to see their latest prices
Apartment by the Theatre – Also, located close to the Old Town, this one-bedroom apartment can sleep up to 4 people with its pull out sofa and has a modern living area and kitchen. Click here to see their latest prices
Where to stay in Vilnius Business District (Šnipiškės)
Just north of the Old Town and above the Neris River lies the region of Šnipiškės. The southern part of this area, closest to the river, has been transformed over the last couple of decades into the main business district of the city with skyscrapers being consistently built. Here you will find shopping malls, the National Gallery of Art and many businesses.
Walking further north in Šnipiškės will transport you to a completely different area with more traditional wooden houses that feel absolutely nothing like the modern area near the river.
Šnipiškės is a great alternative area to stay in Vilnius whether you’re travelling for business or simply want to explore a different neighbourhood of Vilnius while still remaining close to the Old Town.
Best Hotels in Vilnius Business District
Happy InnSide – Great value apartments that are perfect for a longer stay in Vilnius located in the southern area of Šnipiškės. Apartments are fully equipped with a large kitchen so you can cook your own meals and still be located close to the Old Town. Click here to see their latest prices
Lvovo Apartments – Stylish studio apartments that contain a small kitchenette, modern facilities and is incredibly well located. Supermarkets and transport
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva – One of the most luxurious hotels in all of Vilnius, this four-star hotel is a great option if you’re not travelling on a budget! Rooms are modern, spacious and guests have access to a range of hotel facilities including saunas and gyms. Breakfast is available and can be included in the room rate. Click here to see their latest prices
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Where to stay in Zvernyas
Zvernyas is a residential neighbourhood that feels as if you’re staying in a small self-contained village. The area is surrounded by parks to the west and is only a short walk to the Old Town or Šnipiškės. There are plenty of cool cafes and restaurants to try and staying in Zvernyas will undoubtedly make you feel like a local resident of Vilnius!
Best Private Rentals in Zvernyas
Apartments Ameda – A small family-run guest house that is of excellent value for money and located in the heart of Zvernyas. There
Vilnius apartment with stained glass – This studio apartment is located on the edge of Zvernyas. They offer a large apartment that can sleep up to 4 people with a kitchen, lounge area and washing facilities as well as access to a children’s playground nearby. Click here to see their latest prices
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No matter which area of Vilnius you choose to stay in, the city is compact enough that is easy to see many of these neighbourhoods during your time in the Lithuanian capital.
Wondering where to stay in Vilnius? Or do you have a favourite area in the city? Let us know in the comments below!
Hi Michael. Once again you have provided a beautiful summary for the traveller. My wife and I plan to spend a couple of nights in Vilnius and you have allowed us to concentrate on the hotels and their locations. A concise summary of what we are looking for. Thankyou.
Thanks David! Very glad that you’ve found this article helpful for your trip planning!