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History
As of today, the Stikliai buildings occupy an area of 7 000 square meters in the most prestigious location in Vilnius.
1987
Restaurant

The first private restaurant Stikliai is opened

1996
Hotel

The Stikliai hotel is opened

2001
Relais & Chateaux

Becoming a part of the Relais & Chateaux chain

How it all started

You can find Stikliai street in old Vilnius maps from the Middle Ages – it was a part of the Jewish quarter. In 1547 on this street the glasscutter Martynas Paleckis founded the first Lithuanian glass manufactory. Soon it became a huge glass manufacturing center: many glass-making factories and merchants were established there. The name of the street from 16th century to the present day changed many times: it was called Žydowska, Szklanna I, Šw.Ducha, Šklannaja, Ignatjevskij per., Steklianaja, Dominikanski zau., Dominikonų, Ryšių and M.Antokolskio.  

In 1645 the co-owner of the Gaono 7/Stikliai 11 building, pharmacist Roman Krasnicki, bequeathed the house to the Pink Brotherhood of St. Spirit church. The Brotherhood rented the premises to well-off traders until the country’s nationalization in 1940s. From the 18th to the end of 19th century there was a tavern there. Building was on fire several times during the centuries, but architectural elements from 16th century stil remained on the second floor. Gothic masonry and the spacial structure, typical to 15th century, can be clearly seen in the basement.  

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``The dream that became a reality``

The  story of Stikliai hotel is a tale of ancient beauty, continual innovation and a single-minded dedication to the highest standards.

Thirty years ago three young dreamers wandered along dilapidated Stikliai street, looking at the gloomy buildings with dark windows – and their mind was picturing breathtaking views. Instead of broken tiles and mouldy walls they saw a beautiful restaurant with white tablecloths and ringing wine glasses. Instead of tiny dark apartments they saw a fancy hotel with a beautiful inner yard. They smiled at each other and naively believed their beautiful dreams could come true. And the most beautiful thing is that the legend of Stikliai, born in the ruins of the Old Town, has actually become a reality.

The first step towards the dream was called „Cooperative No.2“. It was a public catering company established by Anna, Alexander and Romas – one of the first private companies in Lithuania. At first it was just a small cafe on Stikliai street, which immediately became famous for delicious ice cream and good coffee. It attracted not only residents of Vilnius, but also guests from other cities and countries. A few months later a small European restaurant appeared, and then family decided to open a hotel. They gradually bought apartments around the restaurant, and in a few years a shabby building turned into a beautiful boutique hotel. An amazing French-style interior was created by famous French designer Anne Toulouse. In 1995 the hotel was honoured with a five-star rating. Today Stikliai buildings occupy an area of 7000 square meters int the most prestigious part of Vilnius.

Today you could say a lot of nice words about Stikliai co-owners Anna and Alexander Ciupij and Romas Zakarevičius. They are hospitable, elegant, educated, pleasant, delicate, successful in business… just not naive. But if they didn‘t have naivety then, thirty years ago, Stikliai probably would not exist.

They looked at the gloomy buildings with dark windows – and instead of broken tiles and mouldy walls they saw a beautiful restaurant with white tablecloths and ringing wine glasses. Instead of tiny dark apartments they saw a fancy hotel with cozy rooms, elegant bars and a beautiful inner yard.

Anna, Aleksandras and Romas
Organic Farm

The desire to ensure the highest quality to guests and to use only high-quality products in restaurant kitchens has led Stikliai to establish a self-managed organic farm. It’s settled in the forests of Dubingiai, 50 kilometres away from Vilnius, on a plot of 2.5 hectares. There you can find long rows of vegetables and greenhouses full of fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants also grow there: a great variety of home-made jams are offered for breakfast to hotel guests every morning. There are many hives next to the farm: fresh honey goes directly to Stikliai guests’ table. The hosts are pleased to tell the guests that they took care of everything from the beginning until the moment food was served on the table.

A moment we will never forget

There are fateful moments that become etched into memory forever – regardless of whether thirty or more years have passed, they remain bright and vivid. We were lucky to experience such moment one evening in 1987.

All three of us got into a car and went down to the Old Town of Vilnius to look around for a potential location where we could open our cafe. We walked down the Stikliai street – in the 16th century there were many glassblowing workshops, magnificent pieces of Venetian glass were produced there. And yet, during the Soviet times the street became completely different – gloomy and sombre.

Imagination is the beginning of creation. Instead of tiny dark apartments our imagination created pictures of a warm hotel with a courtyard, filled with flowers. We smiled at each other and believed that naïve dreams can indeed come true. And the most beautiful part of the whole story is that the legend of Stikliai, born in the ruins of the Old Town, has truly become a reality, and today we can invite you to the hotel we created ourselves – with wholehearted commitment, years of experience, and love.

Anna, Aleksandras and Romas