kempinski cathedral square

vilnius, lithuania

bestriding neoclassical cathedral square, it is at the center of everything

entering the white marble lobby is like entering a mythopoetic dream, or passage to another era

it began in the 1900s as a treasure house, then the New York hotel.

after WW1 Vilnius swallowed into poland, and the building became multi-use. it housed a bookstore, chocolate factory, pawnshop, and a Jewish gymnasium.

WWII, the Soviets rolled in, and it became the city telegraph, complete with cutting-edge spy technology

in 1990 Lithuania regained independence, and the building remained a telegraph office. until...

2004, when the oldest luxury hotel network in Europe purchased it and began renovations

then, in 2012 it opened its doors

now we can celebrate at Le Salon Bar

and choose from over 240 wine labels in the atelier wine cellar, curated by the best sommelier in the baltics

feeling flush?

then raise a glass to the storied history in the eponymously-named restaurant telegrafas

and then there is the spa. you know you knead it.

for the aquaholics like me, swim hard, dream big. it's easy here

issues with your tissues? cure is here

my wife selected the 2-hour amber body scrub treatment

a massage here is a luxury you cannot afford to miss. now it is time for bed...

"we are such stuff as dreams are made on..."

-William Shakespeare

in morning, out window on the roof, 4 beehives, producing 140 kilos of honey per year

and offered up at breakfast

in a city of eternal elegance, there is a place to rise above the rest, and to simply rest:

  • Leontine

    kempinski is one of my favorite hotel chains