This traditional style hotel was a very pleasant, last minute booking. Recently completely rebuilt, (with a little work still being undertaken), the Rubinstein is a cosy small hotel in the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, with only 27 rooms. Unfortunately ours was a modern room on one of the upper floors, rather than one of the traditionally furnished rooms with beamed ceiling. Even so, it was large, comfortable and completely spotless. The bathroom was a joy: marble, underfloor heating and 'mood' lighting at floor level. Bath time with wine has never been such a delight! Beds are warm and comfortable, with everything you could want other than tea and coffee making facilities.
Breakfast, for us, was in the lower ground restaurant - although it moved each day due to the continuing building work (which was not noisy or disruptive in any way). A buffet with great selection of fresh produce: cheese, meats, pastries. If you want something cooked, then do try the scrambled eggs: beautiful golden yellow and full of flavour.
There is a small jacuzzi/sauna and fitness area on one of the upper floors but you must ask at reception for this service as it is not left open for general use. The real plus for this hotel is its reception staff who are only to happy to help with all needs and enquiries. Dariusz in particular, is a very welcoming young man who is well informed and passionate about the area's history and was a pleasure to talk to when planning our trip to Auschwitz. He was equally keen to hear our views on our return - and seemed to enjoy any opportunity to use the English language. Normally we like to make our own way to local areas of interest. However, for Auschwitz I would certainly recommend taking an organised trip. We were in a minibus of about 14 people which picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel and organised introduction to guides and transport between sites. We could easily have wasted half a day trying to do this ourselves.
The Rubinstein is well located for eating out. There are many hotels within easy walking distance, and, once again, Dariusz was able to recommend restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Our favourites were U Sasiada (for more formal dining) and Chajim Kohan (an informal 'museum' type interior in the same street as the hotel).
We stayed for 3 nights but really 4-5 nights are needed to see enough of Krakow to get a full idea of its history in a more relaxed way. The Rubinstein is a hotel that I would fully recommend to anyone wanting to visit this area - either for business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Rubinstein is a place with many faces. It combines functions of a restaurant, accommodation, as well as a conference and artistic center. Hotel Rubinstein offers its guest 28 comfortably appointed rooms: 4 single rooms, 10 standard double rooms, 9 deluxe double rooms and 5 exclusive suite apartments. All the interiors characterize a typical for Hotel Rubinstein boutique character and rich furnishing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rubinstein Hotel Krakow