Nearest train station
Hotel Pacai has breathed new life into a 15th-century mansion in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania. The building has lived many lives—and seen many reconstructions, extensions, and refurbishments along the way. When local architect Saulius Mikštas took on this latest renovation, Mikštas went for a detailed, historically minded architectural plan that maintains and highlights the original baroque. “This is not ‘disposable architecture’ like all the commercial buildings and shopping malls that are being built now,” Mikštas tells us. Hotel Pacai collaborates with the local community through a range of partnerships and initiatives, including purchasing ingredients from local purveyors and working with Vilnius’ Lewben Art Foundation to highlight rotating artwork created by local artists.
The original 15th-century structure has been thoughtfully renovated by local architect Saulius Mikštas to maintain original details. Traditional materials, such as clay, tin, stone, and original barn wood, were used.
LED lighting has been installed in the common area and many guestrooms. Efficient appliances are used.
The hotel uses leftover food from breakfast to make other dishes when possible, recycles used oil, and gives food waste to a local farmer who composts it to use for fertilizer.
Water-saving taps have been implemented and guests are encouraged to drink the tap water. Glass bottles are used in the restaurant and guestrooms.
The hotel purchases local ingredients, uses a local supplier for bed linens and towels, and feature exclusively local art inside the hotel.
The hotel organizes events where local writers can share their work, supports the Midsummer Vilnius music festival, and showcases rotating art by Vilnius artists through a collaboration with the Lewben Art Foundation.
Guests can join free yoga sessions and explore the city by bike or on foot. The hotel is creating a green space in the courtyard where guests can enjoy nature and spend moments around the fire.
As the hotel is in the center of the old town, guests are able to walk or explore by bike or electric scooter.
The hotel hires mostly local employees and pays the highest wages in the market. Education, English language lessons, career training, and development opportunities are on offer.
We spoke with the team at Hotel Pacai to learn the latest on the hotel’s conscious journey.
We aim to use less plastic, create less waste, save water and other resources, support the local community and local artists, and have diversity in our team.
We organize cultural events and partnerships with the local community, such as presenting newly published books by local writers in our guestrooms. We also have a local approach to our products and produce. For example, we serve cheese made by cheesemakers in a nearby village in our restaurant and offer local birch juice and other local products in our bars and minibars.
Reducing waste, particularly food and energy waste, is a challenge. We buy shampoo and toiletries in bulk, implement motion-activated lights in common areas, use LED lights, and work with a company that collects food waste and recycles it into fertilizers.