December 1, 2016

Review: Radisson BLU Royal Astorija Hotel

Trip to Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia

A couple of weeks ago, I was traveling again and this time, I visited two Baltic cities namely, Vilnius and Tallinn. It was my first time to visit Vilnius and I was really glad to have visited this beautiful city as they have a very nice Old Town with lots of interesting sights to visit. Since I have gold status with Club Carlson, I booked my first night at the Radisson BLU Hotel Lietuva which is famous for its Skybar and my second night at the Radisson BLU Royal Astorija Hotel which is located in the heart of the Old Town and where famous dignitaries like the King of Sweden and ex US President Bush have stayed in the past. Although I've been to Tallinn a few years ago, it was only for a few hours as we were on a cruise that time. This time, I stayed for two nights, staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn on my first night and at the newly opened Hilton Tallinn Park for my second night where I was given an upgrade to a one bedroom suite 😍 I flew with SAS and LOT in economy class during this trip but since I have Star Alliance gold status, I had access to the SAS Gold Lounge in Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, the IDW Esperanza Resort Lounge in Vilnius Airport and the Business Lounge in Tallinn Airport. It was just a short trip since I had to be back in Stockholm for work but I definitely enjoyed every minute of it and hopefully, I will be back again soon 😉



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Radisson BLU Astorija Hotel lobby

Date of stay: November 20-21, 2016
Address: Didzioji, 35/2 1128 Vilnius Lithuania
Nightly Rate: 110.70 EUR including breakfast, booked NSK Single Guest Room and upgraded to Business Room
How to get here: Taking a public bus from the airport to the Old Town costs 1Euro

Hotel Exterior

Radisson BLU Astorija Hotel with its Baroque style architecture 😊

Reception

Hotel reception

Stairs

Original frescoes in the hallway

Hallway, 3rd floor

Hallway, third floor

Business Room 311

Double bed

Here's a video tour of my room 😉

Room keys

The welcome amenity consisted of a bottle of Just Merlot and some macaroons 👍

Work desk with complimentary wifi

Magazines and guidebook

Semi-wing chair and coffee table

Sony flat screen TV

TV Channels list

Luggage rack I guess 😉

Complimentary bottles of water

Bathroom

Bathroom amenities are from thisworks including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, hand cream, had soap, bath salts, vanity kit and a shower cap. I've stayed in several Radisson BLU hotels in the past and it was my first time to see a hand cream 😉

Bathtub

Bathrobe and slippers

Towel re-use program 👍

DeLonghi Nespresso machine

Complimentary coffee, tea and Nesquik

Minibar

Minibar

Flat iron, ironing board and safe

Decline housekeeping and earn 500 Gold points 👍

View from the room

Health Club (6am to 11pm)

Health club key

Lockers and changing room

Sauna

Pool and jacuzzi (not in the picture)

Fitness center

Breakfast Buffet Restaurant (Brasserie De Verres En Vers)

Dining area

Buffet area

Bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes

Smoothie

Fruits

Herring

Coldcuts

Cheese, yogurt

Dining area with a view

Made to order eggs

Business Center

Business Center with 1 PC and printer

Copying and printing service

Cocktail list from the bar which is open from 10:30am till midnight

Gentlemen's Toilet

Gentlemen's toilet

CONCLUSION

After staying at the Radisson BLU Hotel Lietuva for my first night in Vilnius, it was time to spend my second night at the Radisson BLU Royal Astorija which is located in the heart of the Old Town. Aside from having the best location, this hotel has been home to a lot of famous personalities including Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, King Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain and US President George Bush to name just a few. Eventhough I arrived early for check in, I was helped by Deividas, a very nice guy at the reception who informed me that my room was ready and that I had been upgraded to a business room as a gold member 👍 He informed me of the breakfast timings, wifi password, etc. and that I would need to get the key from the reception in case I would be using the Health Club since my room key would not work. The room was very nice and spacious and had everything I needed. The Health Club although a bit small was very nice with a pool, a Jacuzzi whirlpool, sauna and gym. The breakfast buffet had an extensive offering and from where I was seated, offered fantastic view of St. Casimir Church and its surroundings. The staff both in the reception and in the restaurant were very nice and friendly. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel and would definitely stay here again when I'm back to Vilnius. To all the staff of Radisson BLU Royal Astorija, "AčiĆ«!"


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