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Vilnius gets first Design Hotel

The Lithuanian capital just got a whole lot hipper with the arrival of its first Design Hotel in a historical building in the Old Town of Vilnius.

The passion project of a team of local architects and designers, the 104-room Hotel Pacai – also Design Hotels’ first Baltic member – blends historical artefacts with contemporary design.

Architect Saulius Mikštas strived to preserve as many authentic architectural details as possible, including the courtyard and arches, as well as the original frescoes found throughout the inside of the building.

Unearthed wall paintings were restored fragment-by-fragment, and many layers of wall paint were removed to reveal the most interesting and well-preserved layers, mostly from the Baroque period when the palace belonged to the Pacai family.

The 94 rooms and 10 suites feature intricate wall detailing, from painted faux columns and rugged exposed brick, to original wooden beamed ceilings and frescoes, all of which have been lovingly revealed and highlighted.

Subtle room palettes range from eggshell and light grey, to taupe and deeper browns, while public spaces feature dark greys and blues.

Central to the hotel’s cultural ethos, an expansive courtyard is flanked by the hotel, which evokes the Old World atmosphere of the city. The open-air space is the social heart of the hotel, the perfect spot for guests to enjoy art events and dinners.

Two New Baltic dining concepts have been conceived by Claus Meyer, co-founder of the much-lauded Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. The 40-seat brasserie 14 HORSES is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a finely crafted seasonal menu inspired by Baltic heritage and New Nordic cuisine.

The more casual 40-seat SOFIJA Bar is ideal for cocktails and smaller plates and takes inspiration from Baltic street food. Other services on site include a full-service spa, gym and two conference spaces.

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