Hotel PACAI in Lithuania Wins Surface Travel Award

Hotel PACAI in Lithuania Wins Surface Travel Award

The delightful red-tiled roof of the Hotel PACAI—one of a handful of 16th century details rigorously preserved for the building’s transformation—announces itself as a beacon of color against a cottony Vilnius sky.

Hotel PACAI exterior red-tiled roof with many small dormers and white/gray exterior walls with lots of windows

PACAI surprised many, including the hotel’s own staff, by winning the 2019 Surface Travel Award, besting other architectural marvels by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Dayna Lee, and Neri & Hu Design.

Hotel PACAI interior of suite with three large windows, marble floor, and leather lounge furniture

During the renovation, architect Saulius Mikštas and interior designers Indre Barsauskaite and Greta Valikone emphasized the structure’s historic nature, restoring frescoes and highlighting period details (like the richly textured walls) with lighting.

Hotel PACAI interior lobby with original textured brick walls, gas fireplace and rows of cafe tables with plush chairs

Interior decoration is in keeping with the look of the original mansion. The basic palette is a native Baltic grey, while green marble bathrooms are equal parts moody and luxuriant. Novel contemporary touches include sleek furniture, sophisticated lighting, and artwork from a local Vilnius artist.

Hotel PACAI bathroom with green marble walls, dual sinks, and oval tub in center of frame with bedroom visible beyond

The hotel’s director, Rūta Pulkaunikaitė- Macikė, said, "We are thrilled and humbled by winning this award. Pacai always strives to deliver that one-of-a-kind hotel experience.”

Hotel PACAI room interior with bed with black leather headboard and exposed brick wall

Read more at Hotel PACAI.

Posted November 22, 2019 by Joseph Starr

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