Vilnius is a hub for LGBT rights activism in Lithuania, having hosted the country’s first pride parade in 2010 and since then a few gay friendly hotels Vilnius are open in the city capital. People in Vilnius are generally more accepting of diversity than elsewhere in the country, where conservative and prejudicial attitudes are common.
The scene is generally low-key, with only a few clubs in Vilnius catering exclusively or mostly to a gay clientele; the most popular is Soho.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Lithuania face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Lithuania, but neither civil same-sex partnership nor same-sex marriage are available, meaning that there is no legal recognition of same sex couples, so LGBT people do not enjoy all of the rights that non-LGBT people have, and same sex couples in the country do not enjoy the same legal recognition that is given to opposite sex couples.
Although homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993, the historic legacy has only resulted in rights for LGBT people that are limited at best.
Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, is known for its baroque architecture, seen especially in its medieval Old Town. But the buildings lining this district’s partially cobblestoned streets reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne’s Church. The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing a shrine with a sacred Virgin Mary icon, once guarded an entrance to the original city.
Top attractions to visit in Vilnius
- Vilnius Old Town
- KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
- Vilnil. Museum of illusions
- St. Anne’s Church
- Church Of St Peter And St Paul
Best Day trips in Vilnius:
- Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle
- Full-Day The Hill of Crosses Tour from Vilnius
- Trakai Island Castle and Uzutrakio Manor half-day private tour
- South Lithuania Day Trip: Dzukija County and Grutas Park from Vilnius
- Kaunas Rumsiskes and Pazaislis Monastery Full Day Tour from Vilnius
See more day trips in Vilnius on GetYourGuide
1. Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Vilnius
The elegant 4-starHotel Lietuva is located on the banks of the River Neris in the centre of Vilnius. It offers on-site parking, spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a fitness centre.
All rooms at the Hotel Lietuva are air-conditioned and decorated with warm colours. Each comes with a multi-channel LCD TV, a safe and a minibar. All have a modern bathroom with cosmetic mirrors and free toiletries.
The hotel’s Riverside restaurant serves a varied breakfast buffet and a selection of international and Scandinavian dishes. Guests can visit the Skybar, located on the 22ndand offering views of the .
Front deskis available 24 hours a day and can arrange car rental or laundry services. Guests can relax in the sauna or try a selection of available massage treatments.
The hotel itself is typical Radisson; very nice. Beautiful reception with loads of comfy chairs, a nice lobby bar and so on.
The room was modern, spotless and had everything that one could possibly need. There was no bathtub, but a large walk-in shower. Service was perfect. It was about a 20 minute walk to the centre of the old town. The Skybar was a pleasant place for a cocktail, known for great views but to be honest the view from my room was even better.
Getting to the hotel from the airport was easy: from just outside the airport (Oro ustas) I took bus bus 3G towards Fabijoniskes, to stop Europos aikste which is just outside the hotel. (You can see the hotel from the bus stop – across the street.) The bus journey took about 25 minutes and only cost 1 euro, paid in cash to the driver. Despite not speaking the local language, it was easy to take the bus – stops were called out and were visible on the road via big signs.
How much does a room costs at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva ?
Prices start 74$/night for Standard Room. The Premium Room is 79$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This double room features a tea/coffee maker, minibar and cable TV.
Where to book online – Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva – Gay Friendly Hotels Vilnius – you can find the best hotels deals in Vilnius during Vilnius Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Vilnius on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Vilnius
Situated in Vilnius, 500 m from Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms.
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries.
Guests at Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace.
City Centre Hotel is located in the heart of Lithuania’s capital, right on the main city avenue – Gedimino av. and next to Lukiskiu square. The hotel is surrounded by various boutiques, cozy cafes, restaurants, spa and beauty salons. Vilnius Old Town and most popular museums, art galleries, sightseeing points are within walking distance. You’re close to an array of transport options, including bus and train station, while the airport is just 6 kilometers away.”,”viewport”:”DESKTOP”}]}”>
A beautiful hotel on the main street of the city center, super close to the old town and very convenient to get from/to the airport. We stayed in a queen room with a sofa bed for our kid. Stylish interior, cozy bed, big and comfortable bathroom. Food and drinks at the restaurant “Beef Room” very delicious, staff very welcoming and friendly.
We will definitely be back soon.
This is a very new hotel. Excellent location about a mile from Old Town but the main street for shopping is right outside. Staff were very friendly. Great gym and laundry room (we stayed for a week so this came in handy!). Shower was outstanding with in floor heating in the bathroom. Comfortable beds. We couldn’t have been happier.
Very nice hotel with spacious and clean rooms. Breakfast with good variety including local cheese products. The staff was very helpful and efficient, and the hotel provided a very good airport taxi service on departure day. Good location in the city centre, approx 15 min walk from the Old Town of Vilnius.
Excellent attention to detail throughout this hotel. From the heated floors in the bathrooms to the location of the faucet in the shower stall and placement of electrical sockets and USB ports in the guest rooms. Rooms are very clean, towels are fresh smelling and bright white and soft. Beds and pillows are comfortable. Gym is small but clean and well equipped. Staff are pleasant, attentive, helpful and really want to help make your stay as pleasant as possible. Well done.
Although the hotel could ideally be a little closer to the centre, don’t be put off by the location, as the 10-minute walk along Gedimino prospektas to the cathedral and other sights is very pleasant, even on a cold winter day. Anyone who needs to be near government buildings will find the location particularly ideal.
The televisions are large – at least 50 inches, maybe more. The wifi is 20Mbps downstream and upstream, unless you pay for the 50Mbps premium option or have Diamond status. This is slow for Lithuania, as I once got 373Mbps at a hotel in Palanga, so I would expect better in Vilnius. One of the refreshing advantages of a brand new hotel is the generous number of electrical sockets in the room – two power sockets and two USB-B sockets on each side of the bed. I hope the hotel has a plan to upgrade the USB-B sockets to USB-C PD in a couple of years, as many smartphones (but not yet most iPhones) are starting to use USB-C. There are also three power sockets on the side of the desk, which are not obvious. The safe is spacious and big enough for a 15″ laptop. The air conditioning (whether you need hot or cold air) is quite complicated to learn to use, but is very effective. I agree with others that the soundproofing is much better than many other hotels.
The water pressure is good and the shower is very well designed. The hotel provides flannels in the bathroom – something that is often omitted by other hotels. Slippers and dressing gowns were also provided without having to ask, although the heated floor in the bathroom avoided the need for slippers.
The breakfast was good, and the staff did a good job at clearing tables while the hotel was full over the busy new year period, so nobody had to wait. I would have preferred more consistency; for example with cheese and my favourite Lithuanian “vakuoti pomidorai” were available on only one day.
Despite the hotel being so new, everything runs very smoothly and efficiently.
How much does a room costs at Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre ?
Prices start 77$/night for King Room. The Queen Room with Sofa Bed is 83$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This double room features a tea/coffee maker, seating area and sofa.
Where to book online – Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre – Gay Friendly Hotels Vilnius – you can find the best hotels deals in Vilnius during Vilnius Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Vilnius on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Artagonist Art Hotel 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Vilnius
Artagonist Art hotel is set in an authentic 15th century building in the Old Town of Vilnius.
Rooms are decorated with handmade artworks by Lithuanian artists. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and satellite TV. Ironing equipment is available upon request.
The hotel reception, restaurant and bar are decorated with paintings, murals, art installations and sculptures. Guests are invited to savour meals in the Amandus restaurant offering unexpected combinations of flavor, as well as dine in the lobby from the A La Carte menu or have a drink in the bar, while enjoying a view of Pilies street.
ARTAGONIST hotel is settled down in Pilies Street, located in the center of the capital full of interesting sights. The building, dating back to the masonry of the fifteenth century, is located in the heart of Vilnius City – just a few steps away from the Town Hall Square or the Cathedral Basilica. Our guests being offered an extraordinary experience – 34 unique rooms decorated by the works of art (pictures, installations, murals, or sculptures), exclusively designed for this hotel by the Lithuanian artists.
Restaurant which chefs are not afraid of gourmet whims, serving rich buffet breakfast combined with great “à la carte” options resembling a masterpiece and a bar, creating its own stories. We believe that art is live; therefore, ARTAGONIST hotel accommodated it next to you.
This hotel is smack in the middle of the old city between the two largest squares, Town Hall Square and Cathedral Square, along the main street connecting the two. Location could not be any better. Restaurants are everywhere close by. But don’t think that location is the primary or only virtue this hotel has.
This hotel shows the pride of ownership and exhibits details that are so lacking with so many other hotels especially chain hotels. It may be the standard for boutique hotels. With bright Andy Warhol style graphics on the lobby and dining area walls, modern bedroom and bathroom design, and the fusion of European classic style with modern Euro style, this hotel is such joy to stay.
The staff is incredibly helpful and work to accomodate guests. They initially gave us a room at the top with a roof dormer. The room was really charming, but the windows did not give us a view. They instead allowed us to transfer to a room on a lower floor with larger windows opening out to the inner yard. Although the new room appeared a bit smaller, we really appreciated the transfer.
The staff also gave us some great restaurant recommendations, including The Kitchen down the street with a balcony view of one of the squares. We ate there for lunch and had some great salads and sandwiches. For dinner, we ate at the hotel. We loved it and so do many locals and visitors who filled the downstairs restaurant every night.
Breakfasts are also very good. Try the homemade yogurt and muesli offered each morning.
A lovely new hotel (1 year old) perfectly positioned in Pilies Street – a very short walk from the beautiful sights of both Cathedral Square and Town Hall Square.
Modern and artistic decorative style.
Rooms very well appointed, with big comfortable beds, heaps of technology, excellent Wi-fi, and superb shower. Single occupancy rooms are cosy, but still beautifully finished – all with large TV and full mini-bar with soft and alcoholic drinks.
Great breakfast – high quality buffet, plus a la carte options (at no additional cost).
Friendly and helpful staff.
Very fairly priced, including as to mini bar contents in the room: branded spirits €4, chocolate bars €2, 1 litre of Perrier €4.
A very good experience, recommended to all and hard to beat.
How much does a room costs at Artagonist Art Hotel ?
Prices start 162$/night for Standard Room. The Suite with Balcony is 308$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This Suite comes with a separate sitting area and balcony. Room can be reached by s separate entrance. Separate living room with sitting area and working space is featured. It is equipped with a bathroom and offers twice a day maid service. The private bathroom includes a rain shower and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
Where to book online – Artagonist Art Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Vilnius – you can find the best hotels deals in Vilnius during Vilnius Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Vilnius on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.