The hotel was in a good position to explore Kaunas, just a couple of minutes from the pedestrian shopping street. The old town is around ten minutes’ walk, use the underpass to cross the road. The nearest large shopping centre is Akropolis which is around twenty minutes’ walk away and there are plenty of buses/trolleybuses nearby.
When we left the airport, we turned left and walked about one minute to the bus stop for the number 29, where the buses run twice an hour and for 80 cents each we got a ticket into town (alight at the E. Ozeskienes g. stop). The hotel is on the next street down, so we turned right when leaving the bus and followed the uneven, paved walkway (Vilnlaus gatvé) until we found the road to our left. The road was not obvious, so our map helped (there is currently some graffiti on the wall where the road starts). From airport to hotel took around fifty minutes.
Look for a dark wooden front door, which is the entrance to the hotel. Picking up our key from the receptionist was quick and straightforward. We took the lift to our room. The room was a good size with a separate toilet with washbasin, a shower/washbasin room, both of which were relatively small. The shower room had a heated towel rail, mirror, shaving mirror and a hairdryer. The main bedroom had two paintings on the wall and two single beds that were comfortable. There was a bedside table on both sides and a reading light/lamp. The curtains/shutters blocked out light at night and there was a good air conditioning unit. There was a room safe and mini-bar (not cheap). There was a desk/chair with a kettle with tea, coffee and creamer, which were replaced when used. There were plenty of power outlets. There was a small table and chair in front of the large TV but not many stations, not all the ones listed in the hotel guide, as we did not get Sky News. There was a wardrobe with mirror and a separate coat-rack. There was good Wi-Fi in the room. The room was quiet at night as the road does not get much traffic.
The breakfast room is downstairs – keep going until the end of the corridor. There was a good selection at the buffet breakfast: coffee machine, a variety of teas, hot/cold milk, yoghurts, cereals, fruit, breads, olives, honey, salad, tuna, herring, cakes, biscuits, cheese, hot/cold eggs, continental sausages and bacon (a change in the hot items each day). There is a toaster (watch the step up in this area). The orange squash was over-diluted to our taste. It may be difficult to find a table if there is a large group staying. Used crockery was not cleared while eating.
Checkout is up until noon. Luggage can be left in a room near reception. The return bus to the airport (number 29) goes from the Laisves Aleja stop opposite the Kauna Alus brewery. There are around one or two buses per hour depending on time of day and the journey takes 30–40 minutes. We bought a 3-day pass for the bus for convenience, but pay-as-you-go might be cheaper if you don’t need many journeys as there is a small charge for the card. They offer a taxi to the airport for 18 euros which is twice the price of a standard taxi fare. Take ID or your passport if you want to buy alcohol at the supermarket so you can prove your age.
We would stay there again. less
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