A HISTORIC 17TH-CENTURY MANSION
Set in the heart of Vilnius’ Old Town - home to a university, a presidential palace, and an abundance of museums, embassies, churches, bookshops, and the city’s coolest spots for dining and drinking - Hotel PACAI perfectly echoes this quarter’s 17th-century Baroque grandeur, yet augments it with a contemporary twist. Famous for being the most magnificent mansion in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the stately building has been reborn thanks to the inspired efforts of a passionate team of local architects and designers. The ornate baroque mansion lived through the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the rule of Russian czars, Napoleon's entrance to Vilnius, and the Soviet before it was reborn. Rich historic elements are masterfully blended with present-day design to showcase soft, deep tones and elegant materials that heighten the structure’s classical style and complement its relaxing spa. The 104 rooms and suites, the inviting restaurant and bar, and the four meeting rooms all celebrate Lithuania’s rich past and Baltic culture, while also pointing it forward in a direction that is young and vibrant in spirit. Also intriguing is the hotel’s expansive courtyard, which evokes the atmosphere of the city’s surrounding historic buildings. Here, guests enjoy local art events, dinners that stretch long into the night, and more—making this transformative property a new cultural hub in Vilnius.
Originally constructed in the 15th century, the building that now houses the architecturally impressive Hotel Pacai had seen many reconstructions, extensions, and refurbishments in its long history.
The historical part of the mansion has been revived with the help of a detailed and historically minded architectural plan that recreates some of the structure’s original baroque details, including the rebuilt roof. Additional spaces, such as the hotel’s inner yard and new elements there, blend seamlessly into the existing building.
And throughout the renovation, traditional materials, such as clay, tin, stone, and original barn wood, were used. The new part of the hotel, meanwhile, has been crafted to serve as a supporting backdrop to the palace.
INDRE BARŠAUSKAITĖ AND GRETA VALIKONĖ
Hotel PACAI’s design is the synthesis of multiple creative visions coming together in a historical building that celebrates the region’s tradition as well as the present uniqueness of Lithuanian and Baltic culture.
With the majority of the mansion’s spaces dating back centuries, the designers’ goal was to keep the history visible in a direct way. Thus, all the existing frescoes and unique textures of the walls are emphasized through lighting, while the main features of the hotel strive for elegance and classical purity, both through materials and details. A cozy, artistic atmosphere includes soft, deep tones in the public areas and artwork in the rooms.